Any person, group or business wishing to produce, sell or handle food or drinks to the public is required to be compliant with relevant legislation including the Food Act 2003. This includes not for profit organisations, sporting clubs, persons wanting to sell produce at markets as well as retail businesses and the like.
There are 3 main levels of compliance in relation to Food Businesses, these are:
Food Business Notification
This is required for those businesses handling or selling only shelf stable goods. This includes all ingredients. If you fall into this category, please complete the Food Business Notification Application and return it to Council.
Please note: Council's Environmental Health Department must be notified prior to any change to processes or products. A proposed change to include any Potentially Hazardous Foods (PHF) may require a Food Business Registration.
Food Business Registration
Food businesses who operate in permanently constructed premises that sell, handle or produce PHF are required to be registered with their local Council. This is an annual licence and needs to be renewed prior to 30 June each year. To apply for a Food Business Registration, please complete the Annual Food Business Registration Application Form and return it to Council.
For some basic information in relation to starting up a new food business, please see the Starting up a Food Business information sheet.
Mobile Food Business Registration
If you intend to operate a mobile food business, you will need to notify your local Council before you commence operating. You may also need to apply for a registration is you intend to sell PHF.
There are two types of registration you are able to apply for, as follows:
a) Single Event - this can be applied for at the Council where the event is to be held.
b) Statewide Registration - this is for a period of up to 12 months and must be obtained from the Council in which the equipment is stored. This allows the food business to operate throughout the whole state without needing to register with each individual Council. However, please ensure you check with each Council prior to operating in their area to ensure no other permits are required. Please note: you are only able to apply for this registration if the structure is to be set up and operated in the same manner each time.
For more information on the state wide registration, please see the State Wide Registration Fact Sheet.
To apply for a Mobile food business registration, please complete the Mobile Food Business Application and return it to Council with the applicable fee.
Please see the Guidelines for Mobile Food Businesses 2015 for information relating to setting up and operating a Mobile Food Business. This document should be read prior to submitting an application for Mobile Food Business Registration.
NOTE: PHF means potentially hazardous food - food that has to be kept at certain temperatures to minimise the growth of any pathogenic micro-organisms that may be present in the food. This will prevent the formation of toxins.
Labelling Information for Fundraising Events
Please see the information sheet below for information regarding labelling food for sale at fundraising events. For specific information regarding labelling food for sale, please see the Food Standards code at: www.foodstandards.gov.au.