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About FSANZ

Purpose

FSANZ’s purpose is to contribute to the cooperative food regulatory system by developing evidence-based standards, providing evidence-based advice, coordinating regulatory responses and providing information about food standards.

FSANZ is established by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991, which was enacted to implement an intergovernmental Agreement between the Australian Government and all states and territories and a treaty agreement between Australia and New Zealand. The object of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act is to ensure a high standard of public health protection throughout Australia and New Zealand and the objective of FSANZ is a safe food supply and well-informed consumers.

FSANZ’s operating environment, structure and processes are detailed in Appendix 1.

FSANZ CEO Steve McCutcheon speaks at the 25th Anniversary Symposium 2016 event.

Organisation chart

As at 30 June 2017

FSANZ Organisational structure  

Annual performance statements

Under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 FSANZ is required to present annual performance statements.

The organisation’s reporting outcomes are linked with those of the portfolio agency, the Australian Government Department of Health, in particular the department’s Outcome 1: Population Health.

FSANZ outcome and program

Through Program 1.1 the Australian Government aims to:

  • ensure effective, evidence-based food standards
  • coordinate food regulation to protect public health and safety
  • provide food-related information.
Outcome 1: A safe food supply and well-informed consumers in Australia and New Zealand, including through the development of food regulatory measures and the promotion of their consistent implementation, coordination of food recall activities and the monitoring of consumer and industry food practices.
Program 1.1: Food Regulatory Activity and Services to the Minister and Parliament

The Australian Government aims to ensure that all Australians have access to a safe food supply and adequate, accurate information to make informed choices about the food they consume. FSANZ develops evidence-based food regulatory measures, coordinates transjurisdictional food regulatory activities, and provides information about food regulation in order to enhance confidence in food for sale.

Through Program 1.1 the Australian Government aims to:

  • ensure effective, evidence-based food standards
  • coordinate food regulation to protect public health and safety
  • provide food-related information.

The qualitative deliverables set by the portfolio agency and FSANZ’s performance against those deliverables are detailed below. Our performance against the deliverables is also detailed in chapters 1–3.

Qualitative deliverables 2016‒17 reference point or target Performance
Food regulatory measures are considered in a timely manner. Applications are assessed within 12 months or less as required by the FSANZ Act. All applications finalised this financial year were completed within statutory timeframes.
Food regulatory measures developed by FSANZ are approved by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation. Food regulatory measures are considered by the Forum in accordance with the schedule outlined in the FSANZ Work Plan. All approved draft variations were considered by ministers, with no requests for review.
Manage the operation of the Bi-National Food Safety Network and coordinate major food incidents under the National Food Incident Response Protocol. Deliver efficient and effective food incident management through the Bi-National Food Safety Network and, when appropriate, the National Food Incident Response Protocol. 12 incidents were managed and completed under the Bi-National Food Safety Network.
FSANZ makes a valuable contribution to ensuring that the food regulatory system is implemented consistently. Deliver efficient and effective food incident management through the Bi-National Food Safety Network and, when appropriate, the National Food Incident Response Protocol. 12 incidents were managed and completed under the Bi-National Food Safety Network.
Participate in the ongoing implementation of the whole-of-government response to the Labelling Logic report. Provide technical evaluation and advice to support the whole-of-government response in relation to outstanding recommendations 12 and 34. Final reports for recommendations 12 and 34 were presented to Ministers in November 2016 and April 2017 respectively.
FSANZ is recognised as the primary source of information about food standards and food regulation in Australia and New Zealand. Stakeholders consistently report a high level of satisfaction with FSANZ and the information it provides. Our 2017 stakeholder survey revealed overall satisfaction with FSANZ has grown to over 70 percent (up three percent from 2014).

Performance measures – Corporate Plan

The performance measures below are detailed in FSANZ Corporate Plan. They relate to the strategic intents identified by the FSANZ Board and are objectives for a four year period.

Performance measure Outcome
FSANZ will help review the Forum’s Overarching Statement of the food regulatory system, to endorse the repositioning of FSANZ as a contributor to broader food policy. FSANZ participated in a review of the Overarching Statement.
FSANZ will enhance its policy development capability and further develop its approach to risk management as a distinct professional discipline. FSANZ has undertaken a major review of its project management procedures and worked with risk managers to develop their policy skills.
FSANZ will report on action taken by it to reduce the regulatory impact of the food regulatory system, no later than 31 December each year. FSANZ worked with other agencies to reduce the requirements of the Code relating to country of origin labelling.
FSANZ will make food-related data holdings available through its website by 2017–18. FSANZ continued to provide NUTTAB and the Nutrition Panel Calculator.
Processes are revised to permit reallocation of resources. Revision of processes has provided capacity to reduce staffing in operational and support areas.
FSANZ will develop a new digital portal to position FSANZ as an authoritative source of information and the prime custodian of the evidence base for regulating food in Australia and New Zealand and to contribute to the Australian Government initiatives to make data and information holdings in the public sector more available to the community. FSANZ undertook user testing and stakeholder research in 2016–17 to further inform this work. Improvements will be made and tested in the next financial year.
Provide a leading role in international food regulation and food safety fora. FSANZ has attended a number of international meetings in 2016–17.

These are detailed on page 26 of this report.

FSANZ will publish an emerging risks report no later than 31 December each year. The report was published in early February 2017.
FSANZ will develop new engagement systems to connect with small and medium enterprises and educators. A strategy has been developed to reach small to medium size enterprises. A strategy to reach educators will be completed in 2017–18.
FSANZ will publish a four year budget on the website. Incomplete.
FSANZ will align its workforce to meet the requirements of its strategic intent. FSANZ has commenced a restructure, including through the conduct of a voluntary redundancy program.
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