Legislative documents​

The national legislative scheme for gene technology comprises the Gene Technology Act 2000, the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 and corresponding state and territory legislation.

Australia has a national regulatory scheme for genetically modified organisms. The legislation was developed in consultation with all jurisdictions across Australia. The scheme is supported by the Intergovernmental Gene Technology Agreement between the Australian Government and each state and territory.

Acts and regulations

The Commonwealth gene technology legislation took effect on 21 June 2001. It consists of the following:


The legislation incorporates the following amendments:

Explanatory guides, memoranda and statements

You can download explanatory material for the gene technology legislation, including each amendment, from the Federal Register of Legislation links above.

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