Compliance Agreement for Importing Food - Australian Government


You may be required to enter into a food import compliance agreement (FICA) if you are a food importer. Food importers can enter into a FICA with the relevant department in connection with the food that you intend to import into Australia.

Many food importers already have a documented food management system for sourcing and importing food. Under a FICA these systems may be recognised, offering an alternative to the routine inspection and testing of food products under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS).

Food products imported under a FICA will not be subject to potential delay and costs associated with inspection and testing under the IFIS. Instead, your food management system will be regularly audited. All goods imported into Australia, including food imported under a FICA, are still subject to Australian quarantine requirements.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility Requirements

You must have a documented food management system that contains specific elements before the department will consider entering into a FICA.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements or see the attached guide.


As specified in the agreement.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Import Conditions and Permits

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Director, Imported Food

Mailing address: GPO BOX 858
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6272 3933
Phone: 1800 900 090