Food Standards Australia New Zealand Logo
Food Standards Australia New Zealand Logo

FSANZ purpose and performance

​On this page: Purpose  | Annual performance statements  | FSANZ outcome and program                


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.

We are 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 Act is to ensure a high standard of public health protection throughout Australia and New Zealand. FSANZ’s objective is a safe food supply and well-informed consumers.

Our operating environment, structure and processes are detailed in Appendix 1 on page 64.

Annual performance statements

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

Our 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.

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 our performance against those deliverables are detailed on the following page. The measures are also reflected in our 2017–18 Corporate Plan.

FSANZ outcome and program

OUTCOME1: 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
PROGRAM1.1: 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 trans-jurisdictional food regulatory activities, and provides information about food regulation in order to enhance confidence in food for sale.

Ensuring effective, evidence-based food regulatory measures are considered in a timely manner
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 year were completed within the statutory timeframes.
Coordinating food regulation to protect public health and safety
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.10 issues were referred to the Bi-National Food Safety Network. Of these, two were managed under the National Food Incident Response Protocol.

Debriefings with key stakeholders occur after each incident to identify possible improvements in managing future incidents.
Make a valuable contribution to ensuring that the food regulatory system is implemented consistently.FSANZ’s coordination role is effectively demonstrated in the annual report on recall activities (including evaluation outcomes) to states and territories, through the Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation (ISFR).FSANZ is responsible for coordinating recall action at the request of states and territories. FSANZ coordinated 81 recalls during 2017–18. FSANZ surveys stakeholders after each recall to determine the level of satisfaction with how the recall is managed.
Deliver efficient and effective food recall coordination. Industry satisfaction with food recall coordination is ≥95%.All industry responses gave FSANZ a satisfied to very satisfied rating for food recall coordination.

Providing food-related information

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.In 2018 we published the results of our most recent stakeholder survey (May 2017). Stakeholders continue to report a high level of satisfaction on most measures (between 63 and 78 per cent). On three measures, the level of satisfaction was below 50 per cent. Priority will be given to responding to enquiries (47 per cent), getting things done in a timely manner (49 per cent) and social media (36 per cent). Note a significant proportion of respondents responded not applicable to the question on social media1 .
Improved understanding of community food safety and public health issues through the Consumer and Public Health Dialogue (CPHD).Food policy is informed by public health and consumer evidence-base.We contributed scientific literature reviews to the evidence base in support of policy work by the Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) on both sugar labelling and labelling of fats and oils.

The CPHD met twice during the year to contribute consumer and public health intelligence on issues and challenges related to FSANZ’s roles and responsibilities, and the broader priorities of the food regulatory system.

Encourage stakeholder engagement through up-to-date information on FSANZ’s website and social media interactions.

A. Website unique visitors.

B. Social media interactions.


1 Note 162 responded N/A to this question


B: >200,000


Return to top