IFN 03-20 – COVID-19 impact on the Imported Food Inspection Scheme

Date of effect: 30 March 2020


Food importers and brokers.


To advise importers and brokers that we are working to manage risks associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to provide an update on current operations under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS).

Key points

  • The IFIS is currently fully operational including inspection officers and documentation assessment staff.
  • A range of safety practices have been implemented, including the use of personal protective equipment in accordance with recommendations made by the Australian Department of Health to border agencies.
  • These measures ensure adequate safeguards for inspectors, staff at businesses where inspections take place and other interactions with the broader community.
  • Appointed analysts have advised there are currently no changes to the testing of food samples.
  • We will provide updates if the operation of the IFIS is affected.


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Last reviewed: 30 March 2020
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