Information for food importers

​​Changes to food monitoring and safety activities

From 2018, the Australian Government will be introducing changes to the way imported foods are monitored and inspected for compliance with food safety regulations. These changes do not alter the requirement for all imports of food to comply with the Biosecurity Act 2015. Read more about changes to the imported food safety system.

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There are two requirements that imported food must meet to ensure successful importation into Australia: biosecurity and food​ safety requirements.

Biosecurity requirements

All food imported into Australia must comply with Australia’s biosecurity laws in the Biosecurity Act 2015​.

​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biosecurity Import​ Conditions system (BICON) can be used to determine if a commodity intended for import to Australia requires a permit or treatment, or if there are any other biosecurity conditions.

For further enquiries on Australian biosecurity or import permit requirements contact Imports:

Phone: 1800 900 090

Email: Imports​

You must be sure that food complies with biosecurity requirements. If food does not meet biosecurity requirements, it will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Food safety requirements

Once all biosecurity requirements have been addressed, food must also comply with Austr​alia’s imported food laws, including the Imported ​Food Control Act 1992.

The applicable standards for food under the Act are set down in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. All imported food must meet the requirements of the Code in its entirety. It is the responsibility of the importer to ensure imported food complies with Australian food safety requirements.

Labelling is where most imported food fails to meet the Code's requirements. See Food Standards Australia New Zealand user guidesto assist with understanding the requirements of the Code.

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