Eggs sold or advertised in Australia as "free range" must have been laid by hens kept in certain conditions as set out by the Free Range Egg Labelling Information Standard introduced in April 2018.
'Free range' means the eggs were laid by hens that:
- had meaningful and regular access to an outdoor range;
- were able to roam freely on the outdoor range; and
- were subject to a stocking density of 10,000 hens or less per hectare.
Consumers buying eggs can check the labelling to see the hens had access to freely range and the stocking density is 10,000 hens per hectare or less.
Free range egg packaging must clearly display the stocking density.
When eggs are not packaged, display signs using the term "free range" must also clearly show stocking density.
For further information and clarification of these requirements refer to the ACL fact sheet.