Dairy Distributor Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to purchase dairy food for the purpose of distribution and sale or to own a business that operates a dairy distribution premises.

A dairy distribution premises is any premises where packaged dairy food is sold or distributed, other than dairy manufacturing premises or premises used only for retail purposes.

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.

This licence does not authorise you to farm, process or manufacture dairy products or sell by retail directly to the general public.

You may be exempt from the requirement to hold this licence if your premises is currently registered as a food business, and is 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

Prior to commencing operations as a dairy distributor, the following must be completed and submitted to Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV):

  • a licence application form (with lodgement fee)
  • the licence fee paid in full
  • a food safety program (for approval).

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


Ongoing requirements

The Agency conducts regular audits. The licence holder is expected to meet all requirements including changes to the relevant Code that may occur.

The Code of Practice 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.

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

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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