Milk and milk products that are prescribed under Australia's export rules
- are milk or milk products derived from a bovine animal; and
- are intended to be exported as food.
Milk and milk products that are not prescribed under Australia's export rules
Milk and milk products which do not meet the criteria under the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021 are classified by Australia as non-prescribed goods. It is the responsibility of the exporter to confirm with Fiji if there are any specific requirements for the import of these products. Typically, non-prescribed goods include, ice-cream, non-bovine milk products, colostrum and products with a minor component of dairy.
Further information on
exporting non-prescribed goods from Australia is available on the Department's website.
In some cases, an importing country requires specific health certification and government oversight for what would typically be non-prescribed milk and milk products. When required, these products become prescribed under export legislation and must meet all export and importing country requirements. This includes, the products being manufactured and stored at an export registered establishment and must have a valid export permit and health certificate for each consignment. Guidance on export registration can be found at
Dairy export registered establishments.
5.1.1 Health certificate for milk and milk products
For milk and milk products produced for human consumption (including milk and milk products classified as a prescribed good by an importing country), use Health Certificate template ZD035.
ZD035 Dairy Health Certificate
The ZD035 Certificate contains the following attestations:
I hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge the conditions or restrictions applicable under the particular inspection system prescribed under the Export Control Act have been complied with in respect of the prescribed good described above, being goods that are:
- In sound condition
- Fit for human consumption
- Of Australian origin.
Endorsement 5330 - DAIRY - FIJI - Process requirements
- Australian animals from which raw materials were sourced were free from clinical disease. Food and Mouth Disease, Rinderpest and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy do not exist in Australia. This is in line with Australia’s extensive surveillance measures in place through Animal Health Australia (AHA) and protocols for the containment and/or eradication of disease outbreaks.
- The milk used in the production of these dairy products was derived from animals of Australian and New Zealand origin only.
- Dairy of New Zealand origin has met all the Australian importing requirements.
- The dairy products are produced at the Australian Government Department export registered processing plants located in Australia.
- The dairy products are fit for human consumption.
Whenever export documentation is obtained, the exporter must provide a declaration stating that all the information provided in the permit is true and complete. They must also state that they are in possession of a declaration of compliance that:
- applies to the milk and milk products
- complies with the requirements of the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.
In addition, for MIL and UHT product codes, exporters must provide details about sealing as an exporter. The declaration must contain the following information “liquid milk in this shipment has been transported to Fiji under Departmental seal, applied as part of an approved sealing program or by a Departmental officer”
Fiji requires that the product be accompanied by a manufacturer's declaration stating that the raw milk from which the product was derived has been processed at the core pasteurization temperature of no less than 72°C (Specifying actual temperature and duration) for a period no less than 15 seconds or its equivalent.
Transit Certification Requirements
Milk and milk products transiting the European Union or the United States may require transit documentation. These certificates are available as additional certificates through the EXDOC system. If the product is transiting the United States, standard certification is required and the exporter should
contact the Department for advice on how this certification may be issued. If the product is transiting a European Union member state, see the particular European Union member state regarding the certificate template to select.