Dairy Farmer Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to run a commercial dairy farm. A dairy farm is any premises where cows, goats, sheep or buffalo are kept or milked for the purpose of producing milk for sale (regardless of whether it is for human consumption).

This licence does not permit you to process milk beyond the normal requirements for shipment to a dairy manufacturer. Separate licensing requirements apply for the transport, manufacture and distribution for sale of dairy products.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • submit a completed licence application form
  • nominate an approved Food Safety Program
  • pay any required application and licence fees in full.

An authorised DFSV officer is required to inspect the premised to ensure that it is fit for the purpose and confirm adherence to the approved Food Safety Program.

Ongoing requirements

Your premise must continue to meet the requirements detailed in the Code of Practice for Dairy Food Safety that 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.

All Victorian dairy farms are required to have a Food Safety Program addressing all the requirements in the Code.

The Agency will conduct regular validation and verification audits of the food safety programs.

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


Non-Bovine (sheep and goat): 1 year. Bovine (cows): 2 years.



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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