What we do

The FBIA represents and promotes the interests of food importers with government agencies and key stakeholders to minimise the impact of regulations while achieving the government’s public policy objectives.

How we do it

The FBIA works with regulators to influence the development of standards and regulatory controls to minimise the impact on importers and to achieve good public policy objectives. The association is represented on several committees across the imported food sector to ensure a consistent and transparent voice on behalf of members.

Current Issues for members

  • Import permit conditions
  • Biosecurity risks such as ASF, BMSB, Khapra beetle
  • FSANZ – harmonization of maximum residue limits
  • Product labeling
  • Health Star Ratings
  • Food Import Compliance Agreements (FICA)
  • Assessment and inspection issues
  • Compliance with the food standards code

So, what do members get?

The FBIA provides a broad range of personal services to benefit member businesses.These include:

Technical assistance across the imported food sector

Education and information on regulatory compliance

The ability to connect to department decision makers through the Executive Officer

Weekly updates on industry news, views and new developments in regulatory frameworks

Five general meetings each year connecting industry with regulators

Networking opportunities

Some of our achievements include:

Trusted relationships with government regulators, authorities and industry stakeholders

Working with industry on recall analysis

Invitations to join industry consultative committees

Working with DAWE on virtual visual label inspections and other initiatives

Continue promotion of Food Import Compliance Agreements (FICA)

Continuing partnership with FSANZ on current issues


Become a member now

Members have access to technical assistance across the imported sector, guidance and support on industry issues, education and information on regulatory obligations, and access to various networking opportunities.