Review of the Imported Food Control Regulations

​​​​Public consultation on the review of Imported Food Control Regulations has closed.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources administers two sets of requirements with which imported food must comply. Food imported into Australia must meet biosecurity requirements under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cwlth). It is also subject to the Imported Food Control Act 1992 (Cwlth) to meet requirements for food safety and compliance with Australia’s food standards.

Under the Legislation Act 2003, legislative instruments made in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 will automatically be repealed on 1 October 2018. In many cases, a replacement instrument would need to be made and registered before the instrument sunsets to ensure continuity of the law. This applies to the Imported Food Control Regulations 1993.

The department considers these Regulations are still required to achieve the objectives of the Imported Food Control Act 1992, however amendments to ensure their ongoing relevance and compliance with current legislative drafting practices need to be considered.

Any changes to existing policy that may be recommended by the review will be subject to government consideration and agreement.

Public consultation on the review of the Regulations

Thank you to everyone who made a submission. A report of the submissions will be provided on this website following the preliminary review of comments.

The period of public consultation closed on 24 February 2017, however the consultation document is still available to download through the links below.


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Proposals for changes to imported food regulations22PDF967 KB

Proposals for changes to imported food regulations



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Imported food reforms

The review of the Regulations is a separate activity to the department’s imported food reforms that are also under development.

Through these reforms the Australian Government will be introducing changes to the way imported foods are monitored and inspected for compliance and food safety. These changes do not alter the requirement for all imports of food to comply with the Biosecurity Act 2015.

Read more about this reform activity for changes to the imported food safety system.