Regulatory framework

Australia’s food regulation policies are developed by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation.

National food safety standards to protect the health and safety of consumers are developed in line with these regulatory policies by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and published as the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

The states and territories are responsible for implementing the requirements of the Food Standards Code.

In Victoria, DFSV implements and enforces the food standards in the dairy industry through administration of the Victorian Dairy Act 2000 and the Food Act 1984.

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Victorian regulatory
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Dairy Food
Safety Victoria

Australian and New Zealand regulatory framework

 BI-National

Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (FOFR)

Develops domestic food regulatory policy and policy guidelines and adopts standards developed by FSANZ

 
 BI-National

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSC) and oversight of national incident management

 
 
 BI-National

Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC)

Coordinates policy advice to FOFR and ensures consistent approach to implementation

 
 

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

Chapter 1, 2, 3, and 4

 BI-National

Implementation Sub-committee for Food Regulation (ISFR)

Oversees consistent interpretation and implementation of food regulations and standards across jurisdictions

 
 

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

Chapter 1, 2, 3, and 4

Victorian regulatory framework

 

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code

Chapter 1, 2, 3, and 4

 
 
 

Food Act 1984

  • Applies to dairy business (except farms)
  • Provides additional offences
dairy food safety victoria

Dairy Act 2000

  • Established DFSV
  • Provides a licensing system for dairy businesses
  • Enables drafting of the DFSV Code of Practice
  • Appointment of Authorised Officers
  • Requires food safety programs
  • Prohibits sale of raw milk
 
 

Code of Practice

Outlines requirements for dairy licensees and licence conditions

 
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Forum of Victorian Food Regulators

Facilitates consistency in implementation of food standards between DHHS, DEDJTR, Primesafe, DFSV and Consumer Affairs

Dairy Food Safety Victoria

Licensee responsibilities
 
  • Must hold a current DFSV licence
  • Required to have an approved Food Safety Program (FSP)
  • Hygiene and control measures in FSP must be validated
  • To investigate and correct non-compliances and prevent their recurrence
DFSV responsibilities
 
  • Licensing of dairy businesses
  • Inspection and approval of food safety programs
  • Performance and compliance monitoring
  • Enforcement
  • Reporting to government
 
Code of Practice for DFSV
 

The code of practice:

  • sets the minimum mandatory standards for the production, manufacture, storage, and transport of milk and dairy foods to safeguard public health
  • is applied in conjunction with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – with a strong focus on Chapter 4.2.4