- Last updated:
- 14 Jun 2022
If you are planning on starting a food business you may need a food safety program. The Food Act 2006 requires that some businesses must apply for food safety program accreditation including:
- an offsite caterer
- an onsite caterer
- a private hospital
- if serving potentially hazardous food to six or more vulnerable persons for example:
- meals on wheels
- childcare centres
- aged care facilities.
Offsite catering includes selling potentially hazardous food at a place other than the principal place of operation for the food business. Examples of businesses that often require a food safety program include:
- selling a spit roast at an event or private parties
- assembling a grazing platter at a wedding
- providing meals at a wedding in a hall or private property.
What is not offsite catering?
- Delivering pizzas from a takeaway shop
- Delivering a platter of sandwiches or cakes.
Onsite catering includes selling potentially hazardous food to customers at the premises the food business is carried out. Examples of businesses that often require a food safety program include:
- a venue that hosts wedding receptions and is not open as a restaurant during the week.
- a business that operates as a restaurant during the week and occasionally caters to large functions with 200 people more than 11 times a year.
Before applying for a food safety program accreditation please read the food business licence FAQs.
Getting a food safety program accreditation
3 steps to obtaining your food safety program accreditation
Step 1 – Develop a food safety program
If you are starting a new business you will need to submit your food safety program for accreditation at the same time as making application for a food business licence. The food safety program will need to have been developed specifically for your business and have a notice of written advice from an approved auditor.
Step 2 – Food business licence application
Once you have developed a food safety program and have written advice from an approved auditor you can apply for a food business licence.
Following plan approval a food business licence application will be sent to you. The appropriate category will be indicated on the application form as per your plan assessment discussion.
- Complete the application form and pay the associated fees. You should apply approximately 20 days out from when you intend to start the business.
- When you submit the application form also nominate a food safety supervisor.
You can submit your food licence application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3 – Final inspection
Council will then organise a time with you to undertake a food safety inspection to determine the suitability of the premises.
If council determines that your application complies with the Food Act 2006, you will be issued a food business licence certificate which will need to be displayed when you are operating.
Resources are also available on LG Toolbox website.