If you run a hospitality or seafood business, you need to be aware that mandatory country of origin labelling requirements for seafood are being introduced in hospitality settings. The Australian Government will be working closely with the seafood and hospitality sectors to make these changes.

Why are labelling rules changing?

Country of origin labelling for seafood in hospitality settings, like restaurants and cafes, will help people make choices about the seafood they buy. Consumers will be able to more easily identify where their seafood has come from.

Venues like supermarkets and grocery stores already have mandatory country of origin labelling for seafood. Currently, the same requirements do not apply to hospitality venues.

Changing labelling requirements will help improve consumer information.

What changes are being considered?

Your feedback is wanted on a proposed model for mandatory country of origin labelling for seafood in hospitality settings.

Under the model, businesses will need to provide information on whether seafood is from Australia, other countries or both. It aims to

  • help people understand where their seafood is from  
  • make country of origin labelling simple for businesses 
  • be easy to enforce. 

Your feedback will help the Australian Government make the plan better and understand how it will impact people and businesses.

How to have your say

You can provide your feedback on the Department of Industry, Science and Resources' Consultation hub by either:

  • answering the survey questions
  • uploading a written submission
  • uploading a video or audio recording.

Consultation closes on 15 March 2023.

Visit the Consultation hub to have your say.