Non Genetically Modified

South Australia's legislation and systems enable customers to purchase South Australian grains and other plant products with confidence that they are not genetically modified.

South Australia has laws and systems that prohibit the:

  • commercial cultivation of Genetically Modified (GM) food crops
  • importation and spread of plant or plant material that forms part of a GM food crop grown outside South Australia.

The South Australian Government's moratorium on the cultivation of GM food:

  • provides our agricultural producers and food businesses with greater market access in countries where there is demand for premium products that are non-GM or made with non-GM ingredients
  • supports the state's reputation as a producer of premium food and wine from a clean environment in export markets around the world.

The current moratorium on the commercial cultivation of GM food crops in South Australia will remain in place until at least 1 September 2019.

Legislation and regulations

The Genetically Modified Crops Management Act 2004 and Genetically Modified Crops Management Regulations 2008, designate the whole of South Australia as an area in which no genetically modified food crops may be cultivated.


The minister may confer exceptions from the operation of Section 5 of the Act. Stringent conditions apply to exemptions to ensure that local production and supply chains are unaffected. Compliance with those conditions is monitored either by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator or PIRSA, depending on the nature of the exempted activity.

Supporting activities

The Act established the GM Crop Advisory Committee, an expert committee of supply chain representative that provides advice on issues and risks posed to markets and trade by GM crops.

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Page Last Reviewed: 30 Jul 2016
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