Review of the Imported Food Control Regulations

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources administers two sets of requirements for imported food. Food imported into Australia:

  • must meet biosecurity requirements under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cwlth)
  • is subject to the Imported Food Control Act 1992 (Cwlth) to meet requirements for food safety and compliance with Australia’s food standards.

Under the Legislation Act 2003, legislative instruments made between 1990 and 1994 will automatically be repealed on 1 October 2018. In many cases, a replacement instrument will need to be made and registered before the instrument sunsets to ensure continuity of the law. This applies to the Imported Food Control Regulations 1993 (the Regulations).

The review of legislation to reform the imported food system is a separate activity to this work on remaking the Regulations prior to their sunsetting.

Report of the Review Panel

The period for providing public comments and submissions on the review has now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided information to the department during this process.

The Review Panel which was set up to review the regulations and oversee the consultation process has prepared its report. The link to the report on the review, the consultations and the department’s responses can be found below. Based on the review, the department will prepare a draft instrument which will be made available for public comment in August 2017.

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Final report of the review of the Imported Food Control Regulations 16PDF324 KB
Final report of the review of the Imported Food Control Regulations 16Word672 KB

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Submissions

A total of five submissions were received, including three from foreign government entities. Links to the submissions can be found below, and will be available online until July 2017.

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Australian Food and Grocery Council5PDF224 KB
Food and Beverage Importers Association4PDF64 KB
Thailand Department of Agriculture1PDF472 KB
Thai Department of Fisheries1PDF678 KB
United States Department of Agriculture1PDF13 KB

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Proposals for changes to Imported Food Control Regulations

Although the period for submissions has closed, the original consultation document is still available to view through the links below.

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Proposals for changes to imported food regulations22PDF967 KB
Proposals for changes to imported food regulations22 Word 680 KB

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