The Food Act 1984 requires that most businesses that manufacture, sell, handle, prepare, package, store, serve, supply, or repackage food be registered with the local council.
However, if you intend to:
- primarily sell, transport or prepare meat, poultry or seafood (such as a butcher or fishmonger), then you must obtain the appropriate licence from PrimeSafe. For more information visit the PrimeSafe website.
- primarily wholesale, make, transport or prepare dairy products (such as milk or cheese products) then you must obtain a dairy industry licence from Dairy Food Safety Victoria. For more information visit the Dairy Food Safety Victoria website.
Understand your requirements
Before applying for registration, it is important that you understand the requirements relevant to your business.
The following websites are designed to help start and grow your business:
- Find out what permits you may need by completing the Business Permit Checklist below. The Checklist takes less than five minutes to complete and will give you clarity about the permits you may need.
Business Permit Checklist
- For information on starting a business in Greater Dandenong, visit Starting a Business in Greater Dandenong.
- For information about licences, regulations and compliance requirements visit the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS).
Food Safety requirements
Food premises design and construction
All food business must comply with the Food Act 1984 and FSANZ Food Standards Code. The food premises must be suitably constructed for the purpose of the intended food processes to help ensure the safety of the food.
As required under the Food Act, the construction of your premises must comply with Standard 3.2.3 of the Food Standards Code. Read more about Food Standards
Safe Food Australia is a guide to the food safety standards set out in the food standards code and explains the requirements for:
- structural requirements for fitting out a premises
- food safety practices that all food handlers must follow
To access the guide visit the Safe Food Australia website.
To further assist you in understanding the structural requirements for food premise, read the Food Premises Guidelines below.
As part of the construction of your premises, you will also need to contact South East Water to determine if you require a grease trap or oil interceptor. For further information, contact South East Water on 131 867 or visit the South East Water website.
Food safety program and food safety training
All Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3A food premises must have a food safety supervisor.
All Class 1 and some Class 2 premises require a Food Safety Program.
Council will help you determine which class your food premises is, based on the food safety risks and the highest risk food-handling activity.
Information about the class of registration can be found on the Department of Health Services website.
Allergen awareness is an important part of running a food business. All food businesses are required to make sure that all staff understand the implications of an allergic reaction and have processes in place to protect your customers. For more information visit the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) website.
Packaged foods labels
Food businesses that are producing, repackaging or importing packaged products must ensure the food labels comply with Part 1.2 of the Food Standards Code.
There is also a large range of information on the Department of Health website including food safety programs, food safety supervisor requirements and labelling.