Find out about national and international standards and codes for food safety regulation.
The national Australian dairy food safety regulatory framework is an integrated preventative system developed by industry organisations and federal and state regulatory agencies. Internationally recognised Codes and Standards provide important guidelines for the framework.
Customer requirements, food safety and product traceability are paramount drivers for the quality systems along with animal welfare, bio-security and environmental sustainability.
The responsibilities and accountabilities of all industry members through the supply chain are incorporated into the food safety and quality systems.
Potential risks are monitored on an ongoing basis with industry updated on a regular basis of possible challenges. Quality science supports the risk management process. The industry approach is preventative and outcomes based rather than process driven.
Federal agencies develop policy and standards, while state government regulators enforce, verify and monitor or conduct surveillance of food standards.
The Food Standards Code, and particularly Standard 4.2.4 - The Primary Production and Processing Standards for Dairy Products, the Export Control Act 1982, the Export Control (Prescribed Goods – General) Order 2005 and Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Orders 2005 are important regulations for the Australian dairy industry.
Download the Dairy Food Safety Guide (PDF, 2.5mb)
Key federal agencies
State Dairy Food Authorities:
State Departments of Primary Industries:
Environmental Protection Authorities:
State Departments of Health: