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Current calls for public comment and how to make a submission

FSANZ is seeking written submissions to help inform our decision to either re-affirm the original variation or to prepare a proposal to replace, amend or add to the variation. Submissions close 6pm (Canberra time) 31 May 2018. 

FSANZ invites written submissions on the draft variation to the Code arising from the following Application by 6pm (Canberra time) 24 May 2018.  


FSANZ invites written submissions on the draft variation to the Code arising from the following Proposal by 6pm (Canberra time) 12 June 2018.  
  • P1048 – Code revision 2018: to make minor amendments including the correction of typographical errors, inconsistencies and formatting issues and updating of references.

Please contact information@foodstandards.gov.au if you have difficulty opening a document.

How to make a submission

Click on the "lodge a submission" button below to make a submission or email submissions@foodstandards.gov.au.

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Submissions must be in writing and should be sent electronically where possible. All submissions must be received by the due date. Any extensions to the due date this will be detailed above.

If you have any trouble lodging your submission online or your submission contains confidential material email it to submissions@foodstandards.gov.au.

What should my submission include?

Your submission should:

  • include the number or name of the application or proposal include your name and contact details including: position, address, telephone number, fax and email address
  • for organisations, the level at which the submission was authorised
  • comment on the issues​ and options
  • provide as much supporting evidence as possible e.g. groups or individuals who may be affected, data on the effect of the proposed decision, relevant technical information
  • take into account the policy guidelines FSANZ must have regard to
  • be simple, clear and concise
  • be supported by relevant, reputable and current data where possible
  • use appropriate case examples
  • include a brief summary, especially if the submission is lengthy.

If possible, submissions should contain scientific evidence rather than conjecture to back up assertions. If no scientific or other validated evidence is provided, we will still have regard to those comments, but may not be able to give them the same weight as information supported by scientific evidence.

Some submitters raise concerns about matters that FSANZ doesn’t have responsibility for, for example enforcement, compliance or food policy. These issues should be raised with the relevant agencies. If in doubt, email standards.management@foodstandards.gov.au for clarification.

Find out more about who does what in the food regulation system.

What happens to my submission?

Your submission should be acknowledged within three business days.

Under the Information Publication Scheme, your submission will be published on our website unless you provide appropriate reasons to treat it as confidential. Submissions will be published as soon as possible after the end of the public comment period. Details such as direct phone numbers, personal email addresses or addresses of private individuals are redacted from documents before publication.

Under our legislation, we are required to treat information as confidential if it identifies trade secrets relating to food and any other information relating to food, the commercial value of which would be or could reasonably be expected to be destroyed or diminished by disclosure. Confidential commercial information should be clearly identified and separated from your submission. If FSANZ does not agree that the information meets the criteria for confidential information, you will be given an opportunity to withdraw the submission before it is made public.

You may want to keep only parts of your submission confidential. If this is the case, this should be indicated in your submission.

All relevant issues raised in submissions will be considered by FSANZ. Subsequent reports will address these issues.

Staying informed

You can be placed on a mailing list for information about an application or proposal by emailing standards.management@foodstandards.gov.au and attaching this completed form (word 101 kb).

You can also subscribe to our notification circular through our subscription service. If you need help subscribing email information@foodstandards.gov.au

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