committee recommends that the Commonwealth, states and territories, through the
Council of Australian Governments, develop and implement a national domestic
trade ban on elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn. The domestic trade ban should
be consistent with those implemented in other like-minded international
committee recommends the inclusion of the following exemptions applicable to
elephant ivory as part of the domestic trade ban framework:
- a de minimis exemption for items content of less than 10 per
cent and made prior to 1975;
- musical instruments with content of less than 20 per cent and
made prior to 1975;
- portrait miniatures produced 100 years or more prior to the domestic
trade ban coming into force;
- an exemption for CITES-accredited museums and art institutions;
- an exemption for items deemed by an authorised advisory institution
to be the rarest and most important items their type, and produced 100 years or
more prior to the domestic trade ban coming into force.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth government gives careful
consideration to the need for exemptions for items made of or containing
rhinoceros horn, and includes them in a domestic trade ban if appropriate.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth government considers the
applicability of the enforcement provisions under the proposed United Kingdom
ivory ban to an Australian domestic trade ban, and in so doing consults with
relevant law enforcement agencies.
committee recommends a grace period under the domestic trade ban during which
those in possession of items containing elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn may
sell them if they choose.
committee recommends that the Department of the Environment and Energy:
- reviews its education and information
initiatives, in consultation with the antiques and auction industries;
- implements changes identified during
the course of the review to improve knowledge and understanding of CITES
- regularly informs businesses in the
antiques and auction industries to ensure they are aware of their obligations
and compliant with them.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth government supports international
public campaigns designed to make it socially unacceptable to, and create
stigma around the purchase and ownership of items containing elephant ivory and
rhino horn in an attempt to reduce demand.
committee recommends that the Department of Home Affairs updates the Importing
Antiques information sheet available on its website, to ensure the accuracy
and relevance of this information.
committee recommends that the Department of the Environment and Energy and the
Department of Home Affairs develop and distribute higher profile educational
material that promotes awareness about the wildlife trade, including information
about elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, and the obligations on travellers
with these items.
committee recommends that the Department of the Environment and Energy consults
with Commonwealth, state and territory environment and consumer affairs
agencies to develop and implement an education strategy to inform stakeholders
about their obligations under a domestic trade ban.
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