Current issues

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources​ works with key stakeholders to develop food regulatory policy.

New food labelling laws

The Australian Government is changing the rules around food labelling, to make it easier for consumers to see where our food comes from.

What is changing

The change means from 1 July 2016 many foods sold in supermarkets and retail outlets must carry a new label that clearly identifies the country that food comes from.
Businesses will have a two-year transition period to implement the new requirements. These changes apply to both local and imported food.

What the new labels will look like

Most foods grown, made or produced in Australia will be required to include a kangaroo logo as well as a bar chart indicating the proportion of Australian ingredients on their label.

To read more detailed information about the changes and to see examples of the new labels, visit www.foodlabels.industry.gov.au.

Support for business to adopt the new labels

From the end of June 2016 a free online labelling tool will be available to help business find, download or design the right label for their products.

Additional materials for food businesses can be found at www.business.gov.au.

Hemp as food

The sale of low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) hemp food is currently prohibited in Australia through the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code). On 30 January 2015, food regulation ministers rejected a proposal to allow low-THC hemp to be used in food, and asked for more information about how low-THC hemp foods could be regulated.

A working group including States and Territories are currently reviewing the information gaps relating to the adoption of low-THC hemp as a food. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is engaged in their discussions.​