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Performance Benchmarking of Australian and New Zealand Business Regulation - Food Safety


  • Productivity Commission


This report, released by the Productivity Commission, has identified differences in burdens imposed on business by the food safety regulatory regimes at all levels of government in Australia and New Zealand. The report is part of a series requested by COAG, responding to the imperative of removing unnecessary compliance costs, achieving greater consistency and reducing regulatory duplication. The report identified opportunities for all jurisdictions to improve food safety regulation and its enforcement in order to reduce burdens on business and costs to the community. Areas where significant regulatory burdens remain across jurisdictions include - some regulatory requirements in excess of national standards; slow progress in developing national standards under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code for primary production and processing; inconsistencies between jurisdictions on the assessment of risks of particular foods; for businesses operating in several locations, inconsistencies across Australian local councils and across New Zealand territorial authorities in the costs and intensity of regulation; higher costs and regulatory duplication for Australian food exporters compared to the regulation of New Zealand food exporters.

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  • Productivity Commission, 2009. "Performance Benchmarking of Australian and New Zealand Business Regulation - Food Safety," Research Reports, Productivity Commission, Government of Australia, number 38.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:prodcs:38
    Note: 480 pages.

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    food safety; food regulations; compliance costs; Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code for primary production and processing; food exporters;

    JEL classification:

    • A - General Economics and Teaching
    • B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology
    • C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
    • D - Microeconomics
    • H - Public Economics


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