Food Business Compliance in Victoria - Victoria

Service summary

Food safety laws affect every Victorian's health and safety. Under the Food Act 1984, all food business owners (and community groups who sell food) are legally responsible to ensure that food sold or prepared for sale is safe to eat.

Food premises are required to comply with the Food Standards Code. The Code is a collection of individual food standards developed jointly by Australia and New Zealand. It is a criminal offence in Australia to supply food that does not comply with relevant food standards.

This means that it is not only the business owner / proprietor who is responsible for food safety in the business. All staff in the business who handle and prepare food for sale to consumers are responsible for food safety.

Please also take the time to familiarise yourself with the relevant information and free guidance materials on this website.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Advisory Material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance in undertaking a business.

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services
Health Protection Branch

Contact details

Food Safety Hotline
Department of Health and Human Services
Health Protection Branch


1300 364 352


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