The nationally consistent legislative scheme for gene technology is comprised of the Commonwealth Gene Technology Act 2000
and Gene Technology Regulations 2001
, and corresponding State and Territory legislation. The Tasmanian component of the scheme is the Gene Technology Act 2012
The Gene Technology (Tasmania) Act 2012
operates to the extent that it does not conflict with the existing moratorium in Tasmania on commercial release of GMOs for marketing purposes, given effect under the Genetically Modified Organisms Control Act 2004.
The Gene Technology (Tasmania) Act 2012 replaced the Gene Technology Act 2001 following a review and public consultation process in 2007. The Terms of Reference for the review and other background information are described in the Gene Technology Act Statutory Review Consultation Paper.