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March 2016

Openness and transparency are features of the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act). The Act requires the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) to maintain a record of approved genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The purpose of the Record of GMO Dealings (the GMO Record) is to provide the Australian public with ready access to information about GMOs in Australia, including those being grown commercially, as well as current field trials and work undertaken in laboratories. The GMO record is available on the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) website.

The GMO Record contains information on all dealings with GMOs in Australia that have been approved by the Regulator. 'Dealings' with a GMO are defined in legislation and include research, production, propagation, import, transport and disposal of a GMO.

The GMO Record is divided into separate sections for each of the classes of dealings and contains information about:
  • all licences for dealings involving the intentional release (DIR) of a GMO into the Australian environment;
  • all licences for dealings NOT involving the intentional release (DNIR) of a GMO into the environment;
  • all Inadvertent Dealing licences;
  • all notified notifiable low risk dealings (NLRDs);
  • dealings on the GMO Register;
  • dealings specified in an Emergency Dealing Determination (EDD); and
Information declared Confidential Commercial Information by the Regulator is not included in the GMO Record.