A food business that conducts the following activities requires a licence from council (unless non-profit organisation - see below). If you are unsure if your business requires a licence, contact council.
Manufacture of food
Licensable food businesses examples:
- restaurant or delicatessen
- catering business
- takeaway pizza shop
- motel providing meals with accommodation
- unpackaged food from a vending machine
- child care centres/services
- private residential facilities
- bed and breakfasts
- preparing and selling meals to homeless persons at a homeless persons hostel
- preparation of meals by Meals on Wheels
Non profit organisations are considered licensable food businesses if they provide meals at a particular place on at least 12 days each financial year.
- a restaurant, open daily to the public, operated by a sporting club to raise revenue for the club
- a non profit organisation preparing and selling meals to homeless persons at a homeless persons hostel
- the preparation of meals by Meals on Wheels
- mobile food van (providing meals) at a sporting ground
Note: if the non profit organisation is not deemed to be preparing a meal as outlined below, then it is not considered a licensable food business. This definition exempts sausage sizzles from being licensable activities.
Food safety programs
The following food businesses are required to have a food safety program accredited by the local government:
- the food business involved off-site catering
- the primary activity of the food business is on-site catering at the premises stated in the licence
- the primary activity of the food business is on-site catering at part of the premises stated in the licence to cater for 200 or more people on 12 or more occasions in any 12 month period. The food business is carried on as part of the operations of a private hospital or otherwise processes or serves potentially hazardous food to six or more vulnerable persons (e.g. a child care centre or aged care facility).
Food businesses that are required to have an accredited food safety program are required to have an audit conducted by an appropriate auditor approved by the Department of Health, within the first six months of accreditation, then at a frequency determined by the local government.
If you operate any other type of food business (other than mentioned above) and you wish to have a food safety program accredited, you may submit your program to your local government.