Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC)

This standing committee supports the Food Ministers’ Meeting. It coordinates and provides policy advice and ensures a consistent approach to implementing food standards.


The FRSC supports the Food Ministers’ Meeting. Its role is to:

  • coordinate and provide policy advice
  • study and assess potential food issues to work out appropriate policy options
  • ensure a consistent approach to implementing and enforcing food standards across Australia and New Zealand.

For more detail, view the terms of reference.


The Food Regulation Agreement states that the members must include:

Dr Liz Develin
AustraliaDepartment of Health and Aged Care
Ms Tiali GoodchildAustraliaDepartment of Health and Aged Care
Mr Paul DennyAustraliaDepartment of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Dr Roger CookNew ZealandMinistry for Primary Industries
Ms Fiona DuncanNew ZealandMinistry for Primary Industries
Mr Victor MartinACTHealth Directorate
Dr Lisa SzaboNSWFood Authority
Ms Meredith ClaremontNSWDepartment of Health
Ms Tracy WardNTDepartment of Health
Mr John PiispanenQldDepartment of Health
Mr Salvo VitelliQldDepartment of Agriculture and Fisheries
Ms Karen FerresSADepartment of Health
Mr Stephen PoskettSADepartment of Primary Industries and Regions
Mr Stewart QuinnTasDepartment of Health
Mr Chris LyallTasDepartment of Natural Resources and Environment
Mr Adam CollinsVicDepartment of Health
Ms Angela BrierleyVicAgriculture Victoria
Mr Peter GrayWADepartment of Health
Ms Monica Telesnyn/aAustralian Local Government Association


The chief executive of Food Standards Australia New Zealand attends as an observer.

How they work

To work out a policy response to a food issue, the FRSC members consider:

  • the nature and extent of the issue, and related risks
  • different options such as non-intervention, self-regulation, co-regulation and regulation
  • how to coordinate the response across the joint food system.

If needed, they create working groups to help develop specific policies.

Find out more about how the FRSC develops food policy.

To help ensure consistency in implementing food standards, the FRSC set up the Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation.


The workload determines the number of times the FRSC meets each year. The meetings must occur at least 5 weeks before a Food Ministers’ Meeting.

The next FRSC meeting will be held on 13 June 2024.


If you have any queries, please contact the Food Regulation Secretariat.

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