The National Gene Technology Scheme

This page contains information about the Gene Technology Scheme, which sets out the understanding between Commonwealth, state and territory governments regarding the establishment of a nationally consistent regulatory system for gene technology.

Page last updated: 11 December 2020

The Gene Technology Act 2000 introduced the national scheme for the regulation of genetically modified organisms in Australia, in order to protect the health and safety of Australians and the Australian environment by identifying risks posed by or as a result of gene technology, and to manage those risks by regulating certain dealings with genetically modified organisms.

Regular reviews of the Scheme are mandated every five years. Since the Scheme commenced there have been two reviews conducted, in 2006 and 2011. They focused on the operation of the Scheme and whether the policy objectives were being achieved. While there was some attention given to technical considerations, these reviews are predominately retrospective in nature, reviewing how well the Scheme has met its purpose.

Further information about the scheme, can be accessed below.

The National Gene Technology Scheme:

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