Open Consultation for the Third Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme

Closes 29 Sep 2017

Opened 25 Jul 2017


The Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology (the Forum) welcomes submissions to the third review of Australia's Gene Technology Scheme. 

The Forum, also known as the LGFGT, is responsible for overseeing and governing the operation of the Scheme.  The Forum is established by an intergovernmental Gene Technology Agreement (GTA) and includes Ministers from the Commonwealth and all States and Territories across a range of portfolios including health, agriculture and primary industries. 

The Scheme consists of the Gene Technology Act 2000 and the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 and corresponding state and territory laws to provide a nationally consistent system to regulate development and use of gene technology in Australia.

This first stage of the consultation process is to better understand the ideas, key issues and views of stakeholders.

Submissions are to be provided based on the Terms of Reference for the Review. A Background Paper has been developed for your consideration in making a submission.  The purpose of this paper is to provide background and contextual information.

Consultation Process

The consultation has been organised in three key phases aimed at identifying key issues for consideration, collaboratively exploring policy solutions to these issues, and finally providing an opportunity to comment on the findings:

Phase One - Written Submissions

Open consultation 25 July – 29 September 2017: gain an understanding of key issues to be addressed through the review by seeking input from stakeholders (through a written submission process), and examining input into other reports and reviews.

Phase Two - Explore options and possible policy solutions

Open consultation 6 November – 14 December 2017: using the input from Phase one, engage collaboratively with stakeholders (through issues papers, workshops, forums, surveys, targeted meetings, market research and written submissions) to explore options and develop solutions to the issues captured.

Phase Three - Test proposed outcomes with stakeholders

Open consultation early 2018 (anticipated March): taking into account Phase one and two considerations, present draft findings for stakeholder comment through an online submissions process.

How to make a submission to the Review

Interested parties are invited to make a submission to the Review by uploading a written submission. Each submission must have a submission cover page. Submissions over 10,000 words are required to have an Executive Summary covering all key points in the submission.

In maintaining the transparency of the Review process, all submissions made to the Review will be treated as public and published on the Review website following the closing date for submissions.

Authors of submissions who would like their submission, or part of their submission, to remain in confidence, should request this on the submission cover page.

The Review Secretariat will use any information collected in accordance with the Australian Privacy Policy.

The closing date for submissions has been extended to 23:59 Friday 29 September 2017 AEST.

Late submissions will not be accepted without the prior agreement of the Review Secretariat.

Visit the Review website to subscribe to announcements and to keep up to date with important messages from the Review.

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