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If you are selling food, following the right safety procedures is critical to prevent food poisoning.
All food businesses in Victoria must comply with the Food Act 1984, which oversees food safety in Victoria. The Food Act 1984 is available to view on the Victorian Department of Health website-external site.
Types of food safety registrations
All businesses that handle, prepare, package, store, serve, supply and repackage food must be registered with their local council according to the Food Act 1984.
Registering a food business for the first time? Follow the process on our Start a new food business page.
Buying an existing food business? Follow the process on our Buy a food business page.
To update your details or pay your current food safety registration, visit our Pay food or health premises registration page.
Temporary food pop-ups
Stalls at community events, food vans, sausage sizzles or mobile food premises need to notify or register with Council and lodge a Statement of Trade form each time they operate. For more information, see our Register a temporary or mobile food business page.
The Victorian Department of Health provides a range of food safety resources for businesses and community groups, including:
- Their Food - how to keep it safe page-external site, which includes safety regulation after a power failure, food handler hygiene and food preparation and storage.
- Their DoFoodSafely page-external site, which has information about free online training recommended for Class 3 and Class 4 businesses and community groups.
You can also find Allergen Awareness Training on the Food Allergy Training website-external site. This free online training is recommended by the Department of Health for all food businesses.
Food safety program and records
The Food Act requires some food businesses to implement a food safety program. A food safety program is a written document that shows how a business is managing the safety of the food prepared, served, manufactured or sold. You can find out if your business requires this using the information on the Victorian Department of Health website-external site.
The Department of Health provides some templates to help you implement and run a food safety program, depending on your food business classification. You can find out more about these classifications on our Food business classification page.
You can also see which food safety templates are available for your business on the Victorian Department of Health website-external site.
You can email [email protected] if you have questions about your classification or food safety program.
Below are simplified versions of the Department of Health’s food safety records for Class 2 and Class 3 food businesses. You can use these for your record keeping.
Download food safety record templates
If food has been identified as potentially unsafe and posing a risk to consumers, it will be recalled.
The Department of Health and FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand) notify local government and the public regarding food recalls.
We will contact the relevant businesses to ensure the recall has been actioned, and the affected food is removed from sale.
Education and support group
We offer free, interactive training for food businesses every quarter. Join a session to learn and talk about how to keep food safe and the latest information on emerging risks to food safety.
The support group is free and takes place every quarter (depending on numbers). It is run in-person and online.
You can email [email protected] to request information about the education and support sessions.