National Regulatory Scheme for Genetically Modified Organisms

The nationally consistent legislative scheme for gene technology is comprised of the Commonwealth Gene Technology Act 2000 and Gene Technology Regulations 2001, and corresponding State and Territory legislation.

The legislation was developed in consultation with all Australian jurisdictions and the scheme is supported by the inter-governmental Gene Technology Agreement 2001 between the Australian Government and each State and Territory.

The Commonwealth Gene Technology legislation took effect on 21 June 2001 and consists of the following:

    Please note: Symbols for LD50 values
    Some devices may read symbols incorrectly in Word and possibly HTML and PDF. The Greek letter ‘mu’ is used in five provisions (LD50) in the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 as part of a recognised international symbol indicating ‘micrograms’. This symbol is usually displayed correctly. However, some devices may display it incorrectly, making units read as ‘mg’ (milligrams), which significantly changes the meaning of the legislation. ‘mg’ is not used in the Gene Technology Regulations 2001. The definitive legal PDF versions, where the problem will not occur on most devices, can be accessed from the ‘Download’ tab on ComLaw web pages linked from the OGTR website.

The Commonwealth legislation incorporates the following amendments: More information on the amendments is available on the OGTR Legislation Review Process web page and Gene Technology Amendment Regulations 2011

Documents produced in the development of the Acts

Explanatory Memorandum for the Gene Technology Amendment Bill 2007

Explanatory Memorandum to the Gene Technology Bill 2000 (including Regulation Impact Statement)

Explanatory Memorandum to the Gene Technology (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2000

Explanatory Memorandum to the Gene Technology (Licence Charges) Bill 2000

Explanatory Guide to the Commonwealth Gene Technology Bill 2000 (plain English guide to the Gene Technology Bill 2000) (HTML)
Explanatory Guide to the Commonwealth Gene Technology Bill 2000 (plain English guide to the Gene Technology Bill 2000) (PDF 178 KB)

Report of the Statutory Review of the Gene Technology Act 2000 and the Gene Technology Agreement 2001

State, Territory and Australian Governments' Response to the Recommendations of the Statutory Review of the Gene Technology Act 2000 and the Gene Technology Agreement 2001

Documents produced in the development of the Regulations

Explanatory Statement for the Gene Technology Amendment Regulations 2011

Explanatory Statement for the Gene Technology Amendment Regulations 2009

Explanatory Statement for the Gene Technology Amendment Regulations 2007

Explanatory Statement for the Gene Technology Amendment Regulations 2006

Explanatory Statement to the Gene Technology Regulations 2001

Regulation Impact Statement on the Gene Technology Regulations 2001
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