Consultations and Reviews

Scoping Paper on the Review of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991

This is an important consultation because this Act is one of the main pieces of legislation and agreements that that make up the joint food regulatory system that operates in Australia and New Zealand.

It mainly empowers Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to set and amend food standards and undertake other core functions. It underpins the safety of the food supply and provides a regulatory framework for how foods can enter the market in Australia and New Zealand.

The Act is now undergoing its first major review in almost 30 years and a Scoping Paper has been released for public consultation. The Paper summarises the issues and tensions observed within the system and contains numerous possible ideas for reform and discussion questions.

The Paper is available here.

Feedback on the Paper will inform a shortlist of reform opportunities that will be further researched and subject to a cost-benefit analysis. A summary of stakeholder views on the Paper will be provided as part of further regulatory impact analysis work. Findings will ultimately be collated into a Regulatory Impact Statement and further consultation will be led by the Department of Health in collaboration with its New Zealand counterpart ahead of any legislative changes.

CFA will participate in the consultation. CFA members interested in the contributing to CFA’s feedback should contact Ian Jarratt: ijarratt@australiamail.com.

The consultation will close 16 November 2020.


The Australian Government has opened public consultations on a possible new geographical indications (GI) right.

In June 2018 the Australian Government launched negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU). In order to secure Australia’s interests in the FTA, the Government is engaging with the EU on its interests, including in relation to Geographical Indications (GIs).

Consistent with its approach toward other FTA partners, the EU has identified the protection of GIs as one of its key objectives in the negotiations. The Government has made no commitment to protect specific EU GIs and has made clear it would only consider doing so if the overall FTA deal was good enough for Australia, including by delivering on Australia’s agricultural market access interests.

This consultation builds on existing engagement by seeking industry, business and community views on the type of system changes that may be considered in the event a negotiated outcome gave rise to changes to the way we currently protect GIs.

To find out more and engage in the consultation, please visit IP Australia’s consultation webpage.

The consultaiton closes on Monday 30 November 2020.