Country of Origin Labelling

Closed 29 Jan 2016

Opened 4 Dec 2015

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Consumers have called for greater clarity around the origin of the food they buy so they can make more informed purchasing decisions. The Australian Government and state and territory governments are addressing this long standing issue.

You can have your say on the potential impacts of changing Australia’s country of origin labelling framework during the consultation period on the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS).

The Consultation RIS examines the advantages, disadvantages and costs of potential improvements to the country of origin labelling framework.

The consultation package includes the six documents below. You are encouraged to provide feedback on all or any of the documents provided. The Consultation RIS also presents the Commonwealth Government’s preferred response. The following documents provide more detail on what this might look like.


If you are having difficulties accessing the documents, please contact

Questions to help prepare your response to each of the above components are compiled at Attachment A of the Consultation RIS and are also available separately:

A fact sheet on the possible impacts for trading partners has been provided to assist.

What happens next

Consultation closed on the 29 January 2016.

A Decision RIS was prepared and the State/Territory and Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Ministers voted on the 31st March 2016 to implement the proposed reforms to the country of origin labelling framework.

For the latest information on the reforms please refer to the Country Of Origin for Food webpage.

Non-confidential submissions can be viewed by following the link at the bottom of this page.


  • Australian consumers
  • Primary producers
  • Small/micro business
  • Medium business
  • Large business
  • Multinational corporation
  • Industry association/peak body
  • State, territory or local government
  • Non-government/not-for-profit organisation
  • University or researchers


  • Country of origin labelling for food
  • Country of origin labelling for other products