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.

Consultation and submissions

After undertaking a high level independent review, completing public consultation on this review's final report and receiving advice from the GM Crop Advisory Committee, the State Government undertook a statutory six-week consultation process on proposed changes to regulations (PDF 40.9 KB).

This consultation has now closed.

Submissions were accepted from 19 August 2019 to 30 September 2019 (a grace period was granted until 9am 1 October 2019).

All submissions provided through the formal process have been published. Correspondence to the Premier, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development and other members of Parliament on this topic have also been published where consent has been granted.

Submissions on the draft regulations.

After consideration of all feedback, the State Government has moved forward with lifting of the moratorium on growing GM food crops in South Australia with the exception of Kangaroo Island and changes to regulations were tabled in Parliament on 15 October 2019. These regulations were debated and disallowed in Parliament on 27 November 2019.

On 3 December 2019 the State Government introduced a Bill into Parliament to amend the GM Crop Management Act 2004 to lift the moratorium in all of South Australia except Kangaroo Island. This Bill is currently being considered by the Parliament.

Additional information

Independent review.

Page Last Reviewed: 20 Jul 2016
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