Vulnerable Persons Food Business Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to operate a business that processes or serves food to vulnerable people. A vulnerable person for the purpose of this licence is any person with a vulnerable immune system, such as:

  • the elderly
  • children under four years of age
  • pregnant women
  • people receiving therapeutic care / medical assistance in an identified facility.

Businesses which may require this licence include:

  • hospitals
  • aged care facilities and care services
  • respite services
  • certain delivered meal organisations.

Please note that:

  • all businesses that supply food to vulnerable people must comply with relevant parts of the Food Standards Code
  • depending on the nature of your activities you may need to have an audited Food Safety Program in place for your business
  • some businesses may be exempt from this licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.




12 months


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fee information is listed on the attached application form.

Act(s) name

Food Act 2003 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Food Regulation 2015 New South Wales

Application process


Please lodge your application form and any associated documentation directly with the Authority.

Approval time

Approximately 4 weeks

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

NSW Department of Primary Industries

NSW Food Authority

Contact details

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