Report: Aspirations for Australia and New Zealand’s food regulatory system

A report describing the aims, scope and aspirations for the food regulatory system, as part of Stage 1 of the review of the Food Regulation Agreement (the FRA)

Page last updated: 06 October 2021

(Endorsed 14 May 2021)
In March 2020, the then Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum, now known as the Food Ministers’ Meeting) endorsed an implementation plan for an ambitious reform agenda for Australia and New Zealand’s food regulatory system aimed at ensuring it remains strong, robust and agile into the future. The reform agenda is being progressed through a number of interconnected projects.

This report describes the aims, scope and aspirations for the system, as part of Stage 1 of the review of the Food Regulation Agreement (the FRA). It provides an evidence base regarding ministerial and stakeholder expectations for the system and provides strategic direction to guide other reform subprojects as indicated in the report.

The Food Ministers’ Meeting endorsed the report at its meeting on 14 May 2021 and adopted the Aspirations as draft.

Ministers noted that the draft Aspirations were provided to inform public consultation relating to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act) review and may be updated based on this. Ministers will re-consider the draft Aspirations following stakeholder feedback and consideration of the policy options on key reform initiatives.

Report: Aspirations for Australia and New Zealand’s food regulatory system (PDF 313 KB)
Report: Aspirations for Australia and New Zealand’s food regulatory system (Word 166 KB)

Draft Aspirations for the food regulatory system (PDF 173 KB)

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