Legislation and policy

Legislation and policy

Transport, storage and disposal of GMOs

With effect on and from 1 September 2011, the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) has issued a new guideline, Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs(Version 1.1).

The Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (the Regulations, as amended 1 September 2011), require that any Notifiable low risk dealing (NLRD) involving transportation, storage or disposal of a GMO outside of certified facilities be conducted in accordance with the Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs unless the Gene Technology Regulator ('the Regulator') has agreed otherwise in writing.

The Regulator may also require compliance with the Guidelines for the Transport, Storage and Disposal of GMOs as a condition of a licence, or of a certification, or as part of a direction given under section 146 of the Act and equivalent provisions of corresponding State law.

Containment of exempt dealings

Exempt dealings are dealings described in Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001 (the Regulations). The only further legislative requirement for exempt dealings is that they do not involve an intentional release of the GMOs into the environment.

The Regulator has released Guidance Notes for the Containment of Exempt Dealings, to provide assistance to organisations or persons in determining how to undertake Exempt Dealings in regard to avoiding intentional release.

Changes to NLRD dealings

From September 2011, amendments to the Commonwealth Regulations meant that there were Changes to the Conduct of Notifiable low Risk Dealings. Accredited institutions, of which Macquarie is are required to report annually to the OGTR on all NLRD projects.

Acts, Regulations and Australian Standards

Biological agent

Applicable Act, Regulation or Standard

Microorganisms and biohazardous substances

Australian Standard AS/NZS 2243.3:2010


Gene Technology Act 2000

Gene Technology Regulations 2001



National Health Security Act 2007

National Health Security Regulations 2008

SSBA Regulatory Scheme


Biosecurity/Quarantine materials

Biosecurity Act 2015

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