Review of Tasmania’s Genetically Modified Organisms Moratorium

The Tasmanian Government has released an Issues Paper to frame a review of the moratorium, and is now seeking submissions from the community by 5 pm, 26 April 2019


Tasmania has since 2001 maintained a moratorium on the commercial release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the Tasmanian environment. The moratorium exists to distinguish Tasmanian products in the market place and deliver an economic premium to the State’s agricultural and food production industries.

The Genetically Modified Organisms Control Act 2004, which provides for Tasmania’s moratorium, expires on 16 November 2019.

Call for submissions

The Review of Tasmania’s GMO moratorium will inform the Government’s decision on the future of the moratorium by assessing market advantages or disadvantages for the State’s agricultural and food industries.

The Review will examine the impacts on production, marketing, trade and investment of extending or amending the moratorium, or allowing it to expire.

The consultation being undertaken as part of the Review provides an opportunity for stakeholders to have their say regarding the benefits and costs of the moratorium on market access and trade.

More information

To find out more about the review read the issues paper found here:

All submissions must be in writing and received by 5 pm, 26 April 2019. Send submissions to:



GMO Moratorium Review

GPO Box 44

Hobart, Tasmania, 7001