Advice on Requirements of food related codes and legislation - Queensland


The Department of Health, through  Food Safety Standards and Regulation, Health Protection Unit and Public Health Units, assist food businesses to meet the legislative requirements relating to food.

Food Safety Standards and Regulation and Public Health Units provide advice on the requirements of the Food Act 2006 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code), particularly in the areas of food safety, food composition, packaging and labelling of foods.

Additional Information:

It is stressed that the licensing of food businesses is the responsibility of local governments under the Food Act 2006.  However, Safe Food Production Queensland (SFPQ) is responsible for accrediting primary producers and processors, such as butchers, abattoirs, smallgood factories, milk factories, egg producers and seafood producers in Queensland.  Note that a food business that is accredited by SFPQ may also be required to hold a food business licence, depending on other activities undertaken by the business.  SFPQ can be contacted by telephone on 1800 300 815.

Enquiries from outside Queensland should be directed to:

Director, Food Safety Standards and Regulation, Health Protection Unit, Department of Health Ph: (07) 3328 9310.

Enquiries from within Queensland should be directed to the appropriate Public Health Unit.

The Following Publications are available from the Administering Agency:

There are a variety of food safety resources available from the Department of Health food safety website

Useful Websites:

Department of Health food safety:

The Code, association user guides and information on food related issues can be viewed and printed from the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website

Local governments contact details:

Safe Food Production Queensland:

Service type

Advisory Material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance in undertaking a business.

Eligibility requirements

This advice is available to anyone, but is particularly relevant if you are a Queensland manufacturer, packer, importer or vendor of food that is to be sold anywhere in Australia.  This advice is also pertinent to those involved in food retail, food service and catering in Queensland, and to consumers.


There are no fees for this service.

Publications Details process

Publications Available:

The following booklets, as well as additional food safety fact sheets can be obtained from Queensland Health or downloaded from

  • Licensing guidelines for mobile food premises
  • A guide to food laws for commercial vessels in Queensland
  • Food safety for fundraising events
  • General requirements for all Queensland food businesses
  • Know Your Food Business: A self-assessment guide to the Food Safety Standards
  • Label Buster Guide: A guide to the Food Standards Code labelling requirements for food business

Administering agency

Queensland Health

Health Protection Branch

Food Safety Standards and Regulation