The department helps protect Australia's food producers by managing the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering the country. It also inspects imported food to check it meets Australian requirements for public health and safety and compliance with Australian food standards.
The department undertakes inspection of food and compliance through the following activities:
To facilitate broader compliance, the department also makes the following information available to importers of food:
In addition to the department's imported food testing, the state and territory jurisdictions also have responsibility for ensuring that all food, including imported food, meets requirements at the point of sale.