Dairy Distributor Licence - Victoria


You will need this licence to purchase dairy food for the purpose of distribution and sale or to own a business that operates a dairy distribution premises.

A dairy distribution premises is any premises where packaged dairy food is sold or distributed.

Dairy foods covers food products made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep or buffalo. It includes:

  • milk and liquid milk products
  • dried milk and dried milk products
  • condensed milks
  • cream and cream products
  • butter, butter products, dairy blend and dairy spreads
  • cheese and cheese products
  • yoghurt and yoghurt products
  • ice cream, reduced fat ice cream and low fat ice cream
  • any other products or classes of products that are deemed to be dairy food.

This licence does not authorise you to farm, process or manufacture dairy products or sell by retail directly to the general public.

Service type


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


You may be exempt from the requirement to hold this licence if your premises is currently registered as a food business, and is required to have a quality assurance program or food safety program that adequately covers dairy food safety.

Eligibility requirements

Prior to commencing operations as a dairy distributor, the following must be completed and submitted to Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV):

  • a licence application form (with lodgement fee)
  • the licence fee paid in full
  • a food safety program (for approval).

You must also:

  • ensure premises and equipment complies with the Food Standards Code
  • establish records
  • ensure you have the adequate skills to manage food safety in your business.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

The Agency conducts regular audits. The licence holder is expected to meet all requirements including changes to the relevant Code that may occur.

The Code of Practice sets the minimum mandatory standards for the production, manufacture, storage and transport of milk and dairy foods to safeguard public health. It must be used in conjunction with the Food Standards Code.

Licence holders are subject to terms and conditions as determined by the Agency. The licence conditions are specific to each licence category.


One year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $200.15

One-off application fee.  Fees for 2024-25

Apply Licence All $127.45

These are paid annually for the license period 1 January to 31 December. Fees for 2024-25

Act(s) name

Dairy Act 2000 Victoria

Food Act 1984 Victoria

Application process


Prior to submission of your application, please consult with the Agency for full details of the application process.

Approval time

Up to 60 days


This licence can be transferred.

Administering agency

Dairy Food Safety Victoria

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.