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Corporate overview

FSANZ'S operating environment

 
Key information
Establishment
  • 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 2015)
108 employees (ongoing and non-ongoing), located in Canberra and Wellington offices
Funding 2014–15
(Portfolio Budget Statement)
Australian Government appropriation – $17.50m Other – $2.17m
Food regulatory system
  • policy development (Forum on Food Regulation)
  • standards development (FSANZ)
  • enforcement (states, territories, New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, Department of Agriculture [imported food], 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
  • policy guidelines formulated by the Forum on Food Regulation
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
Governance
  • 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 2014–15
  • Portfolio Budget Statement (Health portfolio)
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 – weighing and selecting management options of greatest net benefit to the community in a consultative and decision-making process
  • 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 2014–15
Financial outcome operating revenue $20.64m
operating expenses $20.61m
Certificate of Compliance 2014–15 Certificate of Compliance sent to the Department of Finance before 15 October, as required

Organisational structure 2014–15

Chief Executive Officer

Priorities and performance 2014–15

Outcomes

FSANZ's reporting outcomes are linked with those of the Department of Health, in particular, the Department's Outcome 1—Population Health. FSANZ's outcome is through Program 1.1: Food regulatory activity and services to the Minister and Parliament.

Agency
Outcome
Department of Health Outcome 1: A reduction in the incidence of preventable mortality and morbidity in Australia, including through regulation and national initiatives that support healthy lifestyles and disease prevention
Food Standards Australia New Zealand 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

Through Program 1.1, the Australian Government aims to:

  • ensure effective, evidence-based food standards
  • deliver food regulation that protects public health and safety
  • improve citizen and stakeholder engagement.

Performance

Deliverables

In 2014–15, FSANZ achieved the following performance against the qualitative and quantitative deliverables associated with Program 1.1:

Qualitative deliverables
2014–15 Reference point or target
Performance
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Food regulatory measures are considered in a timely manner Applications are assessed within 12 months or less as required by the FSANZ Act 91% (10/11) of applications assessed within statutory timelines 8

Appendix 2
Manage the operation of the National Food Safety Network and coordinate major food incidents under the National Food Incident Response Protocol Deliver an efficient and effective incident management process through the National Food Safety Network and, as appropriate, the National Food Incident Response Protocol 12 incidents were managed and completed under the National Food Safety Network and one under the National Food Incident Response Protocol 32
Participate in the implementation of the whole-of-government response to the Labelling Logic report Provide technical evaluation and advice to support the whole-of-government response FSANZ provided technical evaluation and advice on seven of the Labelling Logic recommendations 41
Consumer and Public Health Dialogue meetings conducted annually 2 2 40

Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicators measure the impact of Program 1.1:

Qualitative indicators
2014–15 Reference point or target
Performance
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Enhanced public confidence in food incident and recall management Industry satisfaction rating of 95% or above for FSANZ's recall coordination

All FSANZ staff trained in incident response procedures
Achieved, based on formal industry feedback

Progressive roll-out through 2014–2016
32

32
Quantitative indicators
Target for 2014–15
Performance
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Number of bovine spongiform encephalopathy risk assessments completed 2 3 17
Number of food recalls coordinated through the National Food Recall Protocol ~50 56 32
Stakeholder engagement, measured by number of:
  • stakeholders receiving information via website publications and social media
  • unique visitors to FSANZ website
5,500

800,000
117,000
(new method of calculation adopted)

949,208
58

58

Footnotes

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

 

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