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Appendix 1 - FSANZ’s operating environment, structure and processes

  • National Food Authority (Australia only) 1991
  • Australia New Zealand Food Authority 1996
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand 2002
Government oversight The Hon. Dr David Gillespie MP Assistant Minister for Rural Health; Chair, Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Ministerial Forum).
Chair, FSANZ Board Ms Robyn Kruk AM
Chief Executive Officer Mr Steve McCutcheon (term ended 31 January 2017) and Mr Mark Booth (term began 6 March 2017).
FSANZ staff (30 June 2017) 114 employees (ongoing and non-ongoing), located in Canberra and Wellington offices.
Funding 2016–17 (Portfolio Budget Statement) Australian Government appropriation—$17.184m Other—$2.169m
Food regulatory system
  • policy development (Forum on Food Regulation)
  • standards development (FSANZ)
  • enforcement (states, territories, New Zealand Ministry for Primary industries, Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, 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
  • 12-person Board (three members nominated by the New Zealand Government) (Appendix 2)
  • Operates under the FSANZ Act and the Public Governance and Performance Act 2013
  • Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee reports to the Board on financial, accountability, internal audit and compliance systems
Corporate planning
  • Corporate Plan
  • Business Plan
  • 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.
  • Develop food regulatory measures (standards) or contribute to other control measures using the risk analysis process
  • Coordinate national response, conduct surveillance and monitoring
  • Collect and provide food related information and provide food related advice
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 Food Standards Code, usually to protect public safety or assist in addressing issues of long-term public health importance. The latter are normally requested by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation.
Application Handbook Contains details on what FSANZ requires to assess applications.
Assessment of applications and proposals to amend the Code
  • general procedures (nine months to complete assessment, one round of public consultation)
  • minor procedure (three months to complete assessment, limited consultation)
  • major procedure (12 months to complete assessment, two or more rounds of consultation)
  • high level health claims procedure (nine months to complete assessment, one round of publication consultation if applicant does not elect for confidential treatment)
Risk analysis process
  • risk assessment—determining the likelihood and severity of hazard
  • risk management—weighting and selecting options of greatest net benefit to the community in a consultative decision-making process
  • risk communication—ensuring stakeholders are aware of, and understand, the risk being addressed and the control measures
Food recall processes FSANZ coordinates a national food recall systems for Australia, in consultation 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 2016–17

Financial outcome Operating revenue $20.349 million

Operating expenses $20.29 million



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