Food Businesses Classification Tool - Victoria


Food legislation classifies a food business according to its highest risk activity. This classification determines the food safety requirements you will need to comply with. Use the Business Classification Tool to identify the classification that applies to your food business.

There are four separate classes based on:

  • type of food business
  • risks associated with the food handling activities performed
  • the nature of the food (potentially hazardous or low risk; whether or not the food is ready to eat)
  • who will consume the food.

The classification tool also has five generic categories of food businesses and food handling activities:

  • manufacturer
  • warehouse / distributor
  • retailer
  • service sectors
  • community groups.

View the Business Classification Tool website for more information.

Service type

Advisory Material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance in undertaking a business.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Food Act 1984 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services

Health Protection Branch

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Food Safety Hotline

Health Protection Branch

Department of Health and Human Services

Operating address: 50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 4057
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Website: Food Safety (Opens in new window)