Certain decisions under the Imported Food Control Act 1992 can be reconsidered. There is a list of initial decisions that can be reconsidered at subsection 42(2) of the Act.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of an initial decision, you can apply for a review of the decision within 28 days after you were notified of that decision.
Contact the Food Safety Manager in your state or territory to discuss your concerns before submitting a request to review a decision. Contact details are included in the Imported Food Inspection Advice you received.
When you are notified of the outcome of an initial decision, you will receive written notification which explains the reasons for the decision. You will also be told what your rights of review are and how you can make an application for a review.
How to apply
Your written application must be given to the Secretary within 28 days from the date you first receive notice of the initial decision.
Your application should identify the initial decision you are asking the Secretary to reconsider and why. It will help us if you make specific reference to one or more of the initial decisions listed in subsection 42(2) of the Act.
You will be sent written notice of the Secretary’s decision and the reasons for that decision, within 28 days from the date the Secretary receives your application.
Submit your application to the Director, Imported Food by:
Director, Imported Food
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
We will reply to your review application within 10 business days.
Applying to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
If your interests are affected by the Secretary’s decision following reconsideration of the initial decision, you may apply to the AAT for a review. This review can only take place after the Secretary has reconsidered the initial decision.