Country of origin

All packaged food must state whether it was made from imported or local produce, or a mixture of both.

Some unpackaged food, including fresh and processed fish, pork, beef, sheep and chicken mince, fruit and vegetables, must also display a country of origin label.

Businesses can use the following labels only if the key ingredients in the food have originated in Australia and the food is also manufactured in Australia.

  • Product of Australia
  • Produced in Australia
  • Produce of Australia

Businesses can use the following labels only if the food has been significantly changed or processed in Australia and at least 50% of the cost of production has been incurred in Australia.

  • Made in Australia
  • Manufactured in Australia

From 1 July 2016 the Australian Government is introducing new food labels to make it clearer where the products you buy are produced, grown, made or packed.

Businesses have until 1 July 2018 to include the new labels on products before they become mandatory. Some businesses are already using the new labelling system, which will be administered under Australian Consumer Law and no longer be a requirement under the Food Standards Code.