Implementation and enforcement of food laws

Food enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand are responsible for implementing and enforcing food standards and other food laws. To ensure a consistent approach, they work together through the Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation.

What is implementation and enforcement

Implementation and enforcement are the actions we take to:

  • put into effect the Food Standards Code
  • communicate the requirements to the food industry
  • ensure the food industry understands and complies with the requirements
  • handle any breaches of the food standards.

Who implements and enforces food laws

Government agencies implement, monitor and enforce food regulation. They include the:

These food enforcement agencies work together through the Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation (ISFR).

How food laws are implemented and enforced

The food enforcement agencies conduct activities to:

  • encourage compliance with food laws
  • monitor and assess compliance
  • respond to compliance issues.


  • focus on different topics or priorities as issues arise
  • respond to non-compliance in proportion to the risk.

Where appropriate, they work together through the ISFR to:

  • discuss common approaches to implement food standards
  • develop agreed strategies to implement, interpret and enforce standards in a consistent way.

Find out more about how the ISFR works.

Support documents

Compliance, monitoring and enforcement guidance

This collection contains guidance to assist food regulation agencies with consistent compliance, monitoring and enforcement actions. The Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation (ISFR) developed this guidance.
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