Food Standards Code - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this code if you import food and food products into Australia. All foodstuffs imported into Australia must comply with this code and are liable for inspection under the Food Inspection Scheme. Foodstuffs classified as high or medium risk are closely monitored and extensively sampled. You will also require an import permit for high risk foodstuffs such as:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables;
  • Food containing nuts;
  • Food containing dairy;
  • Food containing egg;
  • Food containing meat; or
  • Animal products.

Imported food must meet the requirements for labelling and content listed within the code and also comply with any other directives.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

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Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Import Conditions and Permits

Act(s) name

Imported Food Control Act 1992 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Imported Food Control Regulations 1993 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Imported Food Inspection Program, Operations Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Import Conditions and Permits


Operating address:
Edmund Barton Building
Kings Avenue
Barton
Australian Capital Territory 2600

Phone:

1800020504

Phone:

02 62723933

Imported Food Inspection Program, Operations Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Import Conditions and Permits


Operating address:
Quarantine Inspection Centre
1 Crewe Place
Rosebery
New South Wales 2018
Mailing address:
PO BOX 657
Mascot, Western Australia 1460

Phone:

1800020504

Phone:

02 83347444

Fax:

02 93647340
nswimpfood@aqis.gov.au

Imported Food Inspection Program, Operations Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Import Conditions and Permits


Mailing address:
PO BOX 1970
Berrimah, Northern Territory 0828

Phone:

1800020504

Phone:

08 89992136

Fax:

08 89992108
pr@aqis.gov.au

Imported Food Inspection Program, Operations Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Import Conditions and Permits


Operating address:
42-44 Qantas Drive
Eagle Farm
Queensland 4009
Mailing address:
PO BOX 222
Hamilton, Queensland 4007

Phone:

1800020504

Phone:

07 32468755

Fax:

07 32468639
brisbaneimportedfoods@aqis.gov.au

Imported Food Inspection Program, Operations Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Import Conditions and Permits


Operating address:
8 Butler Street
Port Adelaide
South Australia 5015
Mailing address:
PO BOX 63
Port Adelaide, South Australia 5015

Phone:

1800020504

Phone:

08 83059700

Fax:

08 83059820
saimpclear@aqis.gov.au

Imported Food Inspection Program, Operations Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Import Conditions and Permits


Operating address:
Quarantine Centre, Macquarie Wharf No 1
Hunter Street
Hobart
Tasmania 7000

Phone:

1800020504

Phone:

03 62333626

Fax:

03 62346785
pr@aqis.gov.au

Imported Food Program, Operations Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Import Conditions and Permits


Operating address:
Level 6, Customs House
414 Latrobe Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
PO BOX 12520
Abeckett Street, Victoria 8006

Phone:

1800020504

Phone:

03 92466777

Fax:

03 92466800
vicaqis@aqis.gov.au

Imported Food Inspection Program, Operations Division
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Import Conditions and Permits


Operating address:
Level 1, Wing A, Market Square
280 Bannister Road
Canning Vale
Western Australia 6155
Mailing address:
PO BOX 1410
Canning Vale DC, Western Australia 6970

Phone:

1800020504

Phone:

08 93115333

Fax:

08 94553052
pr@aqis.gov.au

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