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Corporate overview


  • Gazetted (published) 9 applications and 2 proposals to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code), including approvals for five genetically modified foods.
  • Approved arrangements for the processing of meat and meat products from the major and minor species and wild game (gazettal in July 2014) and abandoned a proposal to develop a primary production and processing standard for horticulture.
  • Completed BSE safety assessments for Lithuania, Chile, Brazil and Latvia and assigned each country a category 1 status; conducted in-country verification visits to the United States, Mexico and Argentina.
  • Consulted widely on proposed reforms to the Code to modernise its presentation and to create an instrument that better meets the needs of stakeholders in industry, commerce and enforcement.
  • Finalised a Cost of Illness Model that calculates the costs to the community of outbreaks of foodborne pathogens.
  • Released the results of the analysis of the 24th Australian Total Diet Study. The first phase of the report included an analysis of acrylamide, aluminium and perchlorates.
  • Coordinated 66 food recalls, mainly due to undeclared allergens and microbial contamination.
  • Reviewed new food-health relationships, based on health claims approved for use in Europe.
  • Completed or progressed action on 10 of the 21 recommendations of the Labelling Logic report referred to FSANZ for assistance with implementation.

FSANZ's operating environment

Key information


  • National Food Authority (Australia only) 1991
  • Australia New Zealand Food Authority 1996
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand 2002

Government oversight

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health; Chair, Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation1 (the Forum on Food Regulation or the Forum)

Chair, FSANZ Board

Ms Philippa Smith AM

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Steve McCutcheon

FSANZ staff
(30 June 2014)

112 employees (ongoing and non-ongoing), located in Canberra and Wellington offices

Funding 2013–14
(Portfolio Budget Statement)

Australian Government appropriation—$18.56m


Food regulatory system

  • policy development (Forum on Food Regulation)
  • standards development (FSANZ)
  • enforcement (states, territories, New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, Department of Agriculture, local government)
Legislative responsibilities

Enabling Act of Parliament

Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991

Section 18 objectives
(‘core' objectives applied to FSANZ's regulatory measures function)

  • protection of public health and safety
  • provision of adequate information to consumers
  • prevention of misleading or deceptive conduct

Section 18 objectives ‘have regard to' objectives applied to FSANZ's regulatory measures function)

  • need for [food] standards to be based on risk analysis using the best available scientific evidence
  • promotion of consistency between domestic and international food standards
  • desirability of an efficient and internationally competitive food industry
  • promotion of fair trading in food

Treaty between Australia and New Zealand

Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand concerning a Joint Food Standards System

Structure and processes

Organisational structure

See organisation chart on page xix


  • 12-person Board (three members nominated by the New Zealand Government) (Appendix 11)
  • Operates under the FSANZ Act and the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997
  • Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee reports to the Board on financial accountability, internal audit and compliance systems

Corporate planning

  • Corporate Plan 2012–15
  • Business Plan 2013–14
  • Portfolio Budget Statement (Health portfolio)
  • FSANZ Strategy Map (Appendix 12)

FSANZ outcome (Program 1.1)

A safe food supply and well informed consumers in Australia and New Zealand, including through the development of food regulatory measures and the promotion of their consistent implementation, coordination of food recall activities and the monitoring of consumer and industry food practices

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

Any individual or organisation can apply to amend the Food Standards Code. FSANZ can also initiate changes to the Code, usually to protect public safety or assist in addressing issues of long-term public health importance. The latter are normally requested by the Forum on Food Regulation.

Application Handbook

Contains details of information required by FSANZ for assessing applications to amend the Code

Assessment of applications and proposals to amend the Food Standards Code

  • General procedure (nine months to complete assessment)—one round of public consultation
  • Minor procedure (three months to complete assessment)—limited consultation with government agencies and any affected parties
  • Major procedure (12 months to complete assessment)—two or more rounds of public consultation
  • High level health claims procedure (nine months to complete assessment)—one round of public consultation, if applicant does not elect for confidential treatment

FSANZ risk analysis process

  • Risk assessment—determining the likelihood and severity of hazards
  • Risk management—identifying hazards and measures to minimise the risk determined in risk assessment
  • Risk communication—ensuring stakeholders are aware of, and understand, the risk being addressed and the control measures

Food recall process

FSANZ coordinates a national food recall system for Australia, in association with the states and territories and the food industry

National Food Incident Response Protocol

FSANZ coordinates an integrated, whole-of-government response for national incidents

Summary of financial performance 2013–14

Financial outcome

Operating revenue $21.777m

Operating expenses $20.954m

Certificate of Compliance

2013–14 Certificate of Compliance sent to the Department of Finance and Deregulation before 15 October, as required

1 Called the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation in the reporting year


Organisational Structure 2013–14



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