Don’t mess with the good ol’ Anzac biscuit or you will pay a price. A big price!

That’s the message for bakeries and other small businesses in the lead up to Anzac Day commemorations.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says businesses will face hefty fines of up to $51,000 if caught tampering with the traditional Anzac biscuit recipe, while individual sellers could be slapped with a $10,000 fine.

Under government regulations, a biscuit can’t be sold as an ‘Anzac biscuit’ if it has additions like chocolate chips or almonds.

“There may be some substitution of ingredients for people who are gluten or lactose intolerant, definitely no addition of new ingredients that alter the traditional biscuit and its taste such as egg, chocolate chips or almonds”, said a spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs.

The warning comes part of a wider crackdown by the federal government and RSL on businesses exploiting the Anzac spirit for commercial gain.

One of the earliest recipes for Anzac biscuits includes rolled oats, flour, golden syrup and sugar – though later versions also add coconut.


The biscuits were made in Australia during World War I by soldiers’ wives and women’s groups, and favoured because the combination of ingredients kept well during long periods of transportation.

A Gelato chain was forced to rename its Anzac ‘Bikke’ flavoured gelato to ‘Anzac BISCUIT’ at the request of the department two years ago.

Under the Crimes Act 1914, a penalty of up to $10,200 for an individual and $51,000 for a body corporate may be issued for serious breaches regarding the use of the word ‘Anzac’.

Check out an amazing Anzac “pie” recipe here

Fair call or totally crazy?

Share your comments below

  • Good grief. I certainly wouldn’t want to pay 10k for adding a chocolate chip lol. Fair enough though if they’re a special biscuit that is of an important subject.


  • I’ve never tried the recipe without coconut, might have to give them a go. I do love a good Anzac biscuit though. The big question is…….crunchy or chewy?


  • Just call it something else if you want to modify them. I love them as they are.


  • I tend to substitute the dairy and sugar because I can’t have these. Would be good if businesses were allowed to to cater to all tastes.


  • If they are changed around then they aren’t really Anzac biscuits then are they ?!


  • Wow! I had no idea there were government regulations around them!!!


  • Yes keep them original and the best.


  • pretty extreme fines there!


  • This seems extreme compared to the penalties for more serious crimes.

    • It surprised me to – the amount of money for the crime?


  • The Anzac biscuit is iconic. If you want to change the recipe,rename it because it won’t truly be an Anzac.


  • I can understand the tradition but also these days people modify all recipes, we have only just gotten over the “controversy” over different hot cross buns. Where does it end. Let people cook them how they want to there own tastes in our multicultural, food allergy nation


  • I know somebody who probably make some but not sell them as they can’t eat oats. They will use a substitute in place of the oats.


  • Goodness! I am surprised by this action and the amount of the fine.


  • It’s not an Anzac biscuit if it has more ingredients than what the recipe states. So I agree keep it the same.


  • Ops. White a tough decision. Better to keep to the original recipe then!!


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