Export Certification Reform Implementation (ECRI)

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Export Certification Reform Implementation (ECRI) is the implementation phase of a suite of reforms which is delivering more efficient export certification and inspection services. Based on improved Australian legislation and developed in partnership with industry, these reforms will enhance our already world-class export certification system. Priorities under ECRI include continuing to meet importing country requirements and facilitating market access to grow Australia’s $32 billion agricultural export industry.

These changes provide a strong foundation for Australia’s exporters, securing and improving market access and positioning Australia's inspection and certification processes at the forefront of export industries worldwide.

The red meat industry is the first to implement its new service delivery model under ECRI, with other Australian agricultural industries to roll out theirs in the coming months.

Australian Export Meat Inspection System (AEMIS)

The Australian Government announced on 5 September 2011 a new service delivery model for export certification for the Australian export meat industry that cut red tape, supported regional jobs and improved Australia’s export meat industry.

Known as the Australian Export Meat Inspection System (AEMIS), the new service delivery model is underpinned by a suite of legislative instruments and fees and charges which have been tabled in parliament. AEMIS commenced on 1 October 2011.

Under AEMIS, businesses have greater flexibility in how many staff are deployed when not undertaking export inspection work, and regulatory resources are focussed on high risk areas.

The government is assisting Australia’s meat export industry with $25.8 million in funding to support transition to the new system and return industry to full cost recovery by 2013.


ECRI overview

The ECRI helped to:

  • reform service delivery
  • upgrade IT systems enabling better practice and improved certification outcomes
  • remove prescription and modernise export legislation
  • maintain and work to improve market access through more effective performance reporting and data management.

Joint Industry - AQIS Ministerial Taskforces (MTFs) for the dairy, fish, grain, horticulture, live animal and meat export industries worked on projects to deliver these reforms.

The MTFs prepared detailed work plans and implemented them.

New Service Delivery Arrangements for exporters

Details of the new service delivery arrangements for dairy, eggs, fish and poultry meat are provided in Service Delivery Arrangement for Export Certification of Dairy, Eggs, Fish and Poultry Meat.

The arrangements include introduction of:

  • Approved Auditors for dairy, fish and some meat exports.
  • Australian Government Authorised Officers (AAOs) to inspect grain, horticulture and meat

AAOs and Approved Auditors are trained competent persons who might perform export inspection or audit functions in accordance with the Export Control Act 1982.

Australian Government Authorised Officers

Proposed arrangements for AAOs for grain, horticulture and meat inspection can be found here:

Approved Auditors

The roles of approved auditors for dairy, fish and some meat exports are subject to arrangements between DAFF and State Regulatory Authorities.

Current fees and charges

Industry returned to full cost recovery on 1 July 2011. 

Details of the current fees and charges for each sector are available at:

Last reviewed:
08 May 2013