Legislation is in place to control the cultivation of genetically modified crops in South Australia.
Section 5 of the Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004 enables, by regulation:
The Genetically Modified Crops Management (Designation of Areas) Regulations 2008, made under the Act, designate the whole of the state of South Australia as an area in which no genetically modified food crops may be cultivated.
The Act enables the Minister to issue Exemption Notices for the limited scale cultivation of GM food crops, including experimental crops in areas where the cultivation of GM crops is otherwise prohibited under section 4 or 5 of the Act.
Exemption Notices will have conditions attached for the thorough containment of the cultivated GM crop to ensure that local production and supply chains are unaffected.
The Act also provides for authorised officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA to monitor compliance with these conditions of operation.
All Exemption Notices issued are published in the South Australian Government Gazette and are listed in the Register of Exemption Notices Issued for GM Crops in South Australia.
If you would like further information about the regulations and exemption notices, please contact:
Biosecurity SA - Plant Health
33 Flemington Street
Phone: (08) 8207 7820