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Registering a new food premise

Apply to start a food business

To operate a food business in Southern Grampians Shire the first step is to submit an Application for Notify / Registration of a Food Premises.

Applications are held to account by regulations in the Food Act 1984, to ensure the safe sale of food to the public.

There are numerous factors that come into consideration when granting a registration to sell food, some of which include the type of food being sold, the premises used, the facilities available and access to utilities.

Further information about establishing a food business and where your food business would fit in the classification system, as well what you need to do to set up a temporary food operation is available on Victorian Department of Health website.

Food Business Classification

There are four classes of food premises – Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4. This classification system ensures that the regulatory requirements are matched appropriately to the level of food safety risk associated undertaken at the respective premises.

Food Premise Risk Classification

Class Type of Premises Food Safety Program Food Safety Supervisor
Class 1 Hospitals, childcare centres and aged care centres which serve potentially hazardous foods to vulnerable populations. Yes Yes
Class 2 Premises that handle high-risk unpackaged foods, such as restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, fast food/Take Away, Restaurants, Cafes etc. Yes Yes
Class 3 Premises that handle unpackaged low risk food or high risk pre-packed food such as warehouses and distributors, milk bars, convenience stores and businesses selling cut fruit and vegetables. No, but minimum recording requirements. No
Class 4 Shelf stable pre-packaged items, whole uncut fruit and/or vegetables This includes premises that only do the following: * sell shelf stable pre-packaged low risk foods (confectionery, frozen ice-creams) *sell packaged alcohol *sell uncut fruit and vegetables *wine tasting *sell packaged cakes (excluding cream) *simple sausage sizzle where *sausages are cooked and served immediately (sausages, onion, bread and sauce). No No
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