Dairy Manufacturer Licence - Victoria


You will need this licence if you are the owner of any dairy manufacturing premises where milk is received from a dairy farm, or dairy food is manufactured or packed.

This licence does not authorise you to operate a dairy farm or sell dairy products by retail directly to the public.

Dairy foods cover 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.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • submit a completed application form
  • submit a Food Safety Program
  • pay any required application and licence fees in full.
  • comply with the Food Standards Code
  • comply with the Food Act
  • possess necessary skills and competencies.

A dairy manufacturing premises currently, or intending to, export dairy food must meet specific requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

All Victorian dairy manufacturers are required to meet the requirements detailed in the relevant Code. The Code 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.

All Victorian dairy manufacturers will need to:

  • have a food safety program approved by the Agency that addresses the requirements in the relevant Code
  • have a recall procedure in place, based on the FSANZ Food Industry Recall Protocol
  • label all products in accordance with the legislation contained in 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

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $667.85

Base fee plus production volume fee:

  • - 1.6.199 per tonne
  • 0.0016160 per litre.

Fees for 2023-24

Transfer Transfer All $200.15

Fees for 2023-24

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 90 days


This licence can be transferred

Additional information

You may be exempt from the requirement to hold this licence if your premises is:

  • currently registered as a food business or licensed under meat or seafood legislation
  • under that licence or registration you are required to have a quality assurance program or food safety program that adequately covers dairy food safety.

Administering agency

Dairy Food Safety Victoria

Contact details

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