Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation

The Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (convening as the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council) was formally known as the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council.

Page last updated: 09 April 2014

On 13 February 2011, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to establish a new Council System. As part of the new system the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) become the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum).

With the launch of the Forum on 17 September 2011, the remit for the Ministerial Council has been withdrawn, except in cases where it is referred to by name in instruments such as legislation, treaties and intergovernmental agreements.

The Forum is primarily responsible for the development of domestic food regulatory policy and the development of policy guidelines for setting domestic food standards. The Forum also has the capacity to adopt, amend or reject standards and to request that these be reviewed.

Membership of the Forum comprises a Minister from New Zealand and the Health Ministers from Australian States and Territories, the Australian Government as well as other Ministers from related portfolios (Primary Industries, Consumer Affairs etc) where these have been nominated by their jurisdictions. This ensures a whole-of-food chain approach to food safety regulation. Each jurisdiction has a Lead Minister for voting purposes.

The Australian Government Assistant Minister for Health is the Chair of the Forum.

The Forum is required to meet face-to-face at least once in a calendar year.

The Food Regulation Secretariat, which is part of the Australian Government Department of Health, Population Health Division, provides secretariat services to the Forum and its sub committees.

The Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) is a sub committee of the Forum. FRSC is responsible for coordinating policy advice to the Forum and ensuring a nationally consistent approach to the implementation and enforcement of food standards. It also advises the Forum on the initiation, review and development of FRSC activities.

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