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Appendix 1: Operating Environment, Structure and Processes

​​​​​(October 2019) 

 

 

Establishment

National Food Authority (Australia only) 1991

Australia New Zealand Food Authority 1996

Food Standards Australia New Zealand 2002

Government oversight

The Hon Bridget McKenzie MP Minister for Rural Health; Chair, Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Ministerial Forum) (1 July 2018 – 29 May 2019)

The Hon Richard Colbeck MP Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Minister for Youth and Sport (29 May 2019 – 30 June 2019)

Chair, FSANZ Board

Ms Robyn Kruk AO

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Mark Booth

FSANZ staff
(30 June 2019)

117 employees (ongoing and non-ongoing), located in Canberra and Wellington offices, including those staff on Long Service Leave and other types of long leave.

Funding 2018-19
(Portfolio Budget Statement)

Australian Government appropriation — $17.158m
Other — $3.259m

Food regulatory system

Policy development (Forum on Food Regulation)

Standards development (FSANZ)

Enforcement (states, territories, New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, Department of Agriculture, local government)

Legislative responsibilities

Enabling Act of Parliament

Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991

Section 18 objectives ('core' objectives applied to FSANZ's regulatory measures function)

  • protection of public health and safety

  • provision of adequate information to consumers

  • prevention of misleading or deceptive conduct

Section 18 objectives ('have regard to' objectives applied to FSANZ's regulatory measures function)

  • need for [food] standards to be based on risk analysis using the best available scientific evidence

  • promotion of consistency between domestic and international food standards

  • desirability of an efficient and internationally competitive food industry

  • promotion of fair trading in food

Treaty between Australia and New Zealand

Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of New Zealand concerning a joint food standards system

Structure and processes

Organisational structure

See organisation chart above

Governance

12-person Board (three members nominated by the New Zealand Government) (Appendix 11)

Operates under the FSANZ Act and the Public Governance and Performance Act 2013

Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee reports to the Board on financial, accountability, internal audit and compliance systems

Corporate planning

Corporate Plan

Business Plan

Portfolio Budget Statement (Health portfolio)

FSANZ outcome (Program 1.1)

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

Purpose

  • Develop food regulatory measures (standards) or contribute to other control measures using the risk analysis process

  • Coordinate national response, conduct surveillance and monitoring

  • Collect and provide food related information and provide food related advice

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

Any individual or organisation can apply to amend the Food Standards Code. FSANZ can also initiate changes to the Food Standards Code, usually to protect public safety or assist in addressing issues of long-term public health importance. The latter are normally requested by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation

Governance

  • 12-person Board

  • Operates under the FSANZ Act and the Public Governance and Performance Act 2013

  • Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee reports to the Board on financial, accountability, internal audit and compliance systems

Corporate planning

Corporate Plan 2018‒19

FSANZ outcome

(Program 1.1)

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 or food recall activities and the monitoring of consumer and industry food practices.

Purpose

  • Develop food regulatory measures (standards) or contribute to other control measures using the risk analysis process

  • Coordinate national response, conduct surveillance and monitoring

  • Collect and provide food related information and provide food related advice

Application Handbook

Contains details on what FSANZ requires to assess applications

Assessment of applications and proposals to amend the Code

  • General procedures (nine months to complete assessment, one round of public consultation)

  • Minor procedure (three months to complete assessment , limited consultation)

  • Major procedure (12 months to complete assessment, two or more rounds of consultation)

  • High level health claims procedure (nine months to complete assessment, one round of publication consultation if applicant does not elect for confidential treatment)

Risk analysis process

  • Risk assessment—determining the likelihood and severity of hazard

  • Risk management—weighting and selecting options of greatest net benefit to the community in a consultative decision-making process

  • Risk communication—ensuring stakeholders are aware of, and understand, the risk of being addressed and the control measures

Food recall processes

FSANZ coordinates a national food recall systems for Australia, in consultation with the states and territories and the food industry

National Food Incident Response Protocol

FSANZ coordinates an integrated, whole-of-government response for national incidents

Summary of financial performance 2018–19

Financial outcome

Operating revenue - $23.154 million

Operating expenses - $20.693 million

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