Country of Origin Labelling for Food

Closed 3 Jul 2015

Opened 9 Jun 2015


Public concern over country of origin labelling has resulted in numerous inquiries, reports and proposals in recent years. These processes have questioned the robustness and clarity of the current framework. It is clear that consumers find the current country of origin framework for food confusing and unhelpful.

On 26 February 2015, the Prime Minister announced that the Commonwealth is committed to reforming country of origin labelling for food. Ministers have been tasked with bringing forward options to enhance Australia’s country of origin labelling framework to provide consumers with clearer information about the origin of food they buy, without being unduly costly on industry. Any proposed enhancements to Australia’s framework would also consider the impact on Australia’s international trade obligations.

On 1 April 2015, the Commonwealth announced its intention to consult widely on any proposed changes to the framework.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to hear from consumers, businesses and organisations on your concerns with current labelling requirements and your thoughts on possible reforms. We want to ensure we choose the best possible framework that gives consumers the information they need, without imposing excessive costs on industry.


  • 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