Food safety accreditation - Queensland


You may need an accreditation with Safe Food if you intend to produce, process or transport meat, eggs, dairy, seafood or horticulture (seed sprouts). An accreditation is needed in order to legally sell or supply your product(s) in Queensland.

The production, processing or transport activities that need this accreditation are set out on the Safe Food Production Queensland website.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

If you are required to have this accreditation, you will need to demonstrate how you manage food safety risks in your day-to-day operations. You can do this by completing a food safety program (FSP) or management statement (MS), which you will need to submit with your application for accreditation.

A FSP or MS is a document prepared by a business outlining what control measures and procedures have been implemented to reduce or eliminate significant food safety hazards (e.g. biological, physical, chemical) associated with its product(s). A FSP or MS provides a means to demonstrate compliance with a Food Safety Scheme.

It is your responsibility to make sure that your food safety program or management statement remains current and up to date.

Please contact the agency for more information.


Your accreditation will commence following once your application for accreditation has been approved and any other additional requirements are met (e.g. product testing).

A temporary accreditation is issued to new applicants deemed to be undertaking activities that are medium-risk or high-risk. A temporary accreditation is issued for a period of up to two months, prior to being considered for an open accreditation.


Up to 1 year


31 December in the year that accreditation is issued


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All - The accreditation fees can be found on the application form.
General Inspection All $340.63

Audit fee (per hour). Fees for 2024

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Application process


New accreditation

Information required will vary slightly depending on the product / activity, but the following is needed to complete an application:

  • application form
  • payment of fees
  • management statement or food safety program
  • site plan / map
  • photos of the premise / vehicle / vessel
  • approval from local council to operate from the proposed location (for fixed land based premises)
  • notice of surrender if taking over an existing accreditation.

To facilitate the approval process, medium and high-risk food businesses are required to provide additional technical information to demonstrate their nominated food safety controls are effective in maintaining compliance with the requirements of the relevant food safety scheme or standard.


Amendment to existing licence

You will need approval if you make any major changes to:

  • processes (e.g. undertaking additional processing activities)
  • activities (e.g. making new product categories that have different critical control points)
  • facility (e.g. substantial changes to premise layout or add-ons to the premise with new equipment)
  • critical control points (e.g. changing the value of or adding a CCP).

Transfer process


This accreditation cannot be transferred.

Approval time

Your application will be processed within 14 days of payment being received. After payment is received, your application will be reviewed and you may be contacted if further information is required.

Administering agency

Safe Food Production Queensland

Contact details

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