Australia Food Labeling Reference Guide Now Available

Australia Food Labeling Reference Guide Now Available

Interested in how to label your food products for Australia market? Try our Labeling Reference Guide for Australia, now available in RegData® library.

This is a comprehensive and user-friendly tool, created by our in-house experts that can help you find your way around complex labeling rules set by Australian food authorities. It is aimed at providing guidance on which information is mandatory, which parts of it are voluntary and what should a label actually look like.

Labelling Legislation in Australia

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code was first published on 20 December 2000. The Standards in the Code are legislative instruments under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 No. 139, 2003. The standards are enforced by the Australian states and territories and, in New Zealand, by the Ministry of Primary Industries.

The Food Standards Code was revised and gazetted on 10 April 2015. It will take effect from March 1, 2016.

This Guide is updated according the new revision.

Which information is mandatory?

Food Labeling Guide Australia

* Mandatory in defined cases

What is the nutritional table standard?

According to the legislation, the nutritional information is mandatory and the legislation provides a preset Mandatory format of nutrition information panel as presented below:

Nutrition Information

N° of servings per package, expressed as either: N° of servings of the food, or N° of servings of the food per kg, or other units as appropriate (for food where package is variable).
The average quantity of energy or any nutrient, in a serving of the food and in a unit quantity of the food.

The word ‘serving’ in the nutrition information panel can also be replaced by: ‘slice’, ‘pack’, ‘package’ or ‘metric cup’ ‘metric tablespoon’ or other appropriate words.

You can find more formats of nutrition information panel in food standard New Zealand Act 1991, schedule 12 or in our Food Labeling Reference Guide.

For a complete overview of Labelling Requirements for the Australia market please go to our RegData® database to download the reference guide.