Food Businesses Classification Tool - Victoria

Service summary

Food legislation classifies a food business according to its highest risk activity. This classification determines the food safety requirements you will need to comply with. Use the Business Classification Tool to identify the classification that applies to your food business. There are four separate classes based on:

  • type of food business
  • risks associated with the food handling activities performed
  • the nature of the food (potentially hazardous or low risk; whether or not the food is ready to eat)
  • who will consume the food.

The classification tool also has four generic categories of food businesses and food handling activities:

  • manufacturer
  • warehouse / distributor
  • retailer / service sectors
  • community groups.

View the Business Classification Tool website for more information.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Service type

Advisory Material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance in undertaking a business.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services
Health Protection Branch

Act(s) name

Food Act 1984 (Victoria)

Contact details

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


1300 364 352

Supporting information


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