Genetically modified (GM) crops

Genetically Modified Food Crops Moratorium in South Australia

The Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004 and regulations prohibit the cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) food crops in the whole of South Australia.

Next steps

After undertaking a high level independent review, public consultation and receiving advice from the GM Crop Advisory Committee, the State Government will lift the moratorium on growing GM Food Crops in all parts of mainland South Australia. However, the moratorium will remain on Kangaroo Island.

A statutory six-week consultation is now open on the proposed amendment to the regulations to lift the moratorium on growing GM Food Crops in all parts of the state, except Kangaroo Island.

The draft regulations (PDF 40.9 KB) would include variations to allow this change and come into operation on 1 December 2019.

The changes to the GM Act will give South Australian producers on the mainland the opportunity to choose to grow GM food crops as part of their farming practice.

Kangaroo Island is proposed to be excluded from this change and retain the moratorium consistent with recommendations of the SA GM Crop Advisory Committee and advice received from Grain Producers South Australia.

Independent Review

The recommendation to lift the moratorium follows an independent review undertaken in late 2018, and the subsequent report released in February 2019 – which stated the moratorium had cost South Australian grain farmers at least $33 million since 2004.

Statutory consultation

As part of the statutory six-week consultation process, formal written submissions will be accepted and two public meetings will be held, one in Adelaide and another on Kangaroo Island.

All submissions will be made public on this website.

Meeting locations and dates will be provided in due course.

Written submissions must be received no later than 5pm on 30 September 2019.

Written submissions may be posted or emailed to:

GM Secretariat Support

Primary Industries and Regions SA - PIRSA

Government of South Australia | GPO Box 1671 Adelaide SA 5001


Any written representations received after the close date and time will not be considered.

Following statutory consultation, amendments to the Regulations will be recommended to the Governor of South Australia taking into account feedback received. It is proposed changes to the regulations will be operational on 1 December 2019 to enable producers to make decisions about their crops in 2020.

Additional information: 

Independent review.

Page Last Reviewed: 20 Jul 2016
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