Advice on requirements of food related codes and legislation - Queensland


Queensland Health provides advice to assist food businesses to meet the legislative requirements relating to food.

Food Safety Standards and Reglation and Public Heath Units are available to provide advice on the requirements of the Food Act 2006 (the Act) 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 Act.  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.

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.

Useful websites and resources:

There are a variety of food safety resources available from Queensland Health's food safety website:

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand website has copies of the Food Standards Code, user guides and other practical information:

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 designed for Queensland manufacturers, packers, importers or vendors 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

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Food Safety Standards and Regulation

Health Protection Branch

Queensland Health

Phone: 07 3328 9310
Website: Queensland Health (Opens in new window)