Food Safety (Businesses)
Are you are starting a new food business or taking over an existing food business? Then you may need a food business licence. To assist you, we offer information for new and existing food licenses, illegal operations and the permits required for footpath and outdoor dining.
- Food Vehicles
- Outdoor Dining
- Domestic Kitchens
- Temporary Food Stalls
- Non-profit Organisations
- Illegal Operation of a food business
- Further Information
Food Safety Legislation
Please follow the links below to the relevant food safety legislation:
Food Safety Fact Sheets
The 2hr 4hr Rule (PDF 273.6 KB)
The ‘2-hour/4-hour Rule’ is summarised in this sheet in reference to any ready-to-eat potentially hazardous food.
Cleaning and Sanitising (PDF 316.2 KB)
Food businesses must maintain their premises, including the fixtures, fittings and equipment, as well as those parts of vehicles that are used to transport food, at a high standard of cleanliness.
Food Allergies (PDF 295.8 KB)
Food allergies can occur at any age. It has been estimated that one – two percent of Australians suffer some kind of food allergy.
Food Premises - Design and Construction Criteria (PDF 306.0 KB)
This information is for businesses that intend to design, construct and fit out food premises and mobile food vehicles.
Food Licensing (PDF 257.2 KB)
The Food Act 2006 requires that most food businesses that handle food for sale, regardless of whether the business enterprise or activity is of a commercial, charitable or community nature, be licensed with the Council.
Receiving Food Safely 2006 (PDF 258.4 KB)
Food businesses are expected to take all practical measures to ensure that they do not receive unsafe or unsuitable food.
Thermometers and Potentially Hazardous Foods (PDF 259.5 KB)
A thermometer will allow food handlers to check that potentially hazardous food is at the correct temperatures when it is received by the business.
Guidelines For Domestic Kitchens 2015-2016 (PDF 158.4 KB)
This guideline is aimed at providing information about using a domestic kitchen for the preparation of food for sale.
Food Safety During Emergencies and Disasters (PDF 318.1 KB)
It is important to remember that food safety should be your number one priority. This fact sheet outlines your responsibilities.
Food Safety Responsibilities (PDF 254.6 KB)
The Food Safety Standards were developed by FSANZ in consultation with State health authorities and the food industry to ensure a nationally consistent approach to food safety. The Food Safety Standards cover both the responsibilities for food business and food handlers.
Food Preparation and Cross Contamination (PDF 250.8 KB)
This fact sheet aims to provide information on how cross contamination occurs and provides advice about practices that can prevent it.
This fact sheet describes the main processes in food handling and the controls that can be established to ensure that only safe and suitable food is sold from a food business.
Receiving Food Safely & Stock Rotation (PDF 254.9 KB)
Food businesses are expected to take all practical measures to ensure that they do not receive or store food in a way that would make it unsafe or unsuitable for consumption.