Dairy Manufacturer Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you are the owner of any dairy manufacturing premises where milk is received from a dairy farm, or dairy food is manufactured or packed.

This licence does not authorise you to operate a dairy farm or sell dairy products by retail directly to the general public.

Dairy foods covers food products made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep or buffalo. It includes:

  • milk and liquid milk products
  • dried milk and dried milk products
  • condensed milks
  • cream and cream products
  • butter, butter products, dairy blend and dairy spreads
  • cheese and cheese products
  • yoghurt and yoghurt products
  • ice cream, reduced fat ice cream and low fat ice cream
  • any other products or classes of products that are deemed to be dairy food.

You may be exempt from the requirement to hold this licence if your premises is:

  • currently registered as a food business or licensed under meat or seafood legislation
  • under that licence or registration you are required to have a quality assurance program or food safety program that adequately covers dairy food safety.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

All Victorian dairy manufacturers are required to meet the requirements detailed in the relevant Code. The Code sets the minimum mandatory standards for the production, manufacture, storage and transport of milk and dairy foods to safeguard public health. It must be used in conjunction with the Food Standards Code.

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • submit a completed application form
  • submit a Food Safety Program
  • pay any required application and licence fees in full.
A dairy manufacturing premises currently, or intending to, export dairy food must meet specific requirements.


Ongoing requirements

All Victorian dairy manufacturers are required to:

  • have a food safety program approved by the Agency that addresses the requirements in the relevant Code
  • have a recall procedure in place, based on the FSANZ Food Industry Recall Protocol
  • label all products in accordance with the legislation contained in the Food Standards Code.

Licence holders are subject to terms and conditions as determined by the Agency. The licence conditions are specific to each licence category.


1 year.



Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted.

Other resources



Prior to submission of your application, please consult with the Agency for full details of the application process.

Administering agency

Dairy Food Safety Victoria

Act(s) name

Food Act 1984 (Victoria)

Dairy Act 2000 (Victoria)

Contact details

Dairy Food Safety Victoria

Operating address:
Level 2 969 Burke Road
Victoria 3124
Mailing address:
PO BOX 8221
Camberwell North, Victoria 3124


03 9810 5900


03 9882 6860

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