Australian ministers have voted in favour of a definition for free-range eggs.

Australian ministers have voted in favour of a definition for free-range eggs.

Australian state and federal ministers have voted in favour of a recommendation by the New South Wales government to develop a national information standard on egg labelling.

Announced on Friday (12 June) the framework will see an enforceable national definition for "free-range eggs" put in place.

Under the Australian Consumer Law, a national information standard is designed to ensure consumers can make informed decisions about what they are purchasing. Corporates that do not comply can be fined up to A$1.1m (US$0.85m).

Victor Dominello, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, said the move would provide consumers greater confidence in the eggs they buy as well as clarity for egg producers.

"I am pleased to announce that a consensus has been reached by the states and territories along with the Commonwealth to prepare a national standard on egg labelling," said Dominello. "Growing uncertainty about the definition of free-range has meant many consumers have lost confidence in the existing regulation of egg labelling."