Review of the Imported Food Control Regulations

The Imported Food Control Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) form part of the legislative framework that regulates the importation of food into Australia. The Regulations will be automatically repealed under the Legislation Act 2003 (the Legislation Act) on 1 October 2018.

The Legislation Act requires legislative instruments made between 1990 and 1994 to be automatically repealed on 1 October 2018. As the Regulations are required, they will need to be remade before 1 October 2018. The department is currently reviewing and remaking the Regulations.

As part of the Australian Government’s Strengthening Australia’s food safety system reforms, it is anticipated that the Regulations will also require amendments as a consequence of the Imported Food Control Amendment Bill 2017. The department is currently exploring options to align the changes to the Regulations.

Review Panel

A Review Panel was established to review the Regulations, oversee the public consultation process and produce a report for the department. The Review Panel included representatives of Food Standards Australia New Zealand and the department.

The public consultation process has closed and the department thanks everyone who provided information during this process. The Review Panel received five written submissions from the Australian community and our international trading partners. The department is preparing a draft instrument that is based on this review, which will be released for public comment.

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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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Next Steps

The department is currently drafting a new instrument, which will be released for public consultation once drafted. This consultation process will include an opportunity to make submissions to the department on the draft instrument.

Please subscribe to imported food notices to be informed of the public consultation period. Further information on subscribing to imported food notices can be found on the departments website.

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 regulations22Word680 KB

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