Approval as a Food Safety Auditor - Victoria


You will require this approval if you intend to operate as a food safety auditor in Victoria.

Food safety auditors must audit food businesses to check that the food safety program, the Food Act, and applicable standards and code are complied with.

Food safety auditors must provide a certificate if a food safety program is adequate and being complied with. If there is a failure by the business to comply with an adequate food safety program or other requirements, it is then the role of the food safety auditors to notify the relevant council to take enforcement action.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must meet the requirements of the competency based National Food safety Auditor Scheme Level 4. There are two ways to achieve these requirements:

  • obtain certification from Exemplar Global (a certification body) under their food safety auditor certification
  • providing relevant documentation to the Health Department for the National Food Safety Auditor Scheme Level 4.


Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must comply with all current relevant legislation and any conditions imposed by the certifying body or described in your service agreement with the Agency.


The certificate of approval is valid for 12 months unless approved otherwise.


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No fees are required.


Act(s) name

Food Act 1984 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Food (Forms and Registration) Regulations 2015 Victoria

Additional information

All food premises declared as Class 1 food premises and those Class 2 food premises that choose to be audited or use a non-standard food safety program must have their food safety program audited by approved food safety auditors.

You will need to notify the local registration authority if you intend to rely on automatic deemed registration (mutual recognition) to carry out activities that this approval permits.

Administering agency

Department of Health

Health Protection Branch

Contact details

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