Legislation + Regulation

  • Regulation in Queensland
  • Regulation in Australia
  • National Standards
  • Regulation in Queensland

Each state and territory has adopted a different approach to achieving consistent food safety outcomes. Queensland has adopted a virtual food safety agency approach, whereby three government agencies work together to regulate food safety:

The day-to-day regulation of primary production and processing is the responsibility of Safe Food. The legislation focuses on the food safety management of meat, eggs, dairy, seafood and horticulture. It also provides a framework to address emerging issues that may impact food safety.


Useful resources:

Food Production (Safety) Regulation 2014

Food Production (Safety) Act 2000

  • Regulation in Australia

Australia has high standards of food safety. Its food safety regulation system is designed to protect consumers and promote good food safety practices.

A collection of agencies work together to ensure that food consumed in Australia is safe.

Food regulation is aimed at achieving predetermined food safety outcomes, regulated at a national, state and local level.

Useful Websites:

  • National Standards

The aim is to ensure consumers continue to have the highest confidence in the safety of the food they consume, but at the same time do this in a way that minimises the impost on food businesses.

It is considered important that managing food safety focuses on points in the food chain where hazards are introduced, rather than relying on solving a problem at the end of the process. This through-chain preventive approach to food safety ensures that Australia addresses risks to public health in the food supply, builds consumer confidence, safeguards international trade in food and, in time, improves levels of food safety for the consumer.

FSANZ works in partnership with other agencies of Australian governments, industry stakeholders and consumer groups in the development of primary production and processing standards, particularly through Standard Development Committees established for each primary sector.

Primary production and processing standards have been developed for:

For information on national food standards, visit the FSANZ website.