Food Safety Programs

A food safety program is a written plan that shows what a food business does to ensure that the food it sells is safe for human consumption.

When you register your food premises, or notify council about your food activities, we will determine your classification based on the food safety risk of the type of foods you handle. You will only need a food safety program if your premises is class 1 or class 2.

Class 1 food businesses must have a food safety program. A Department of Health and Human Services approved third party auditor must conduct an annual audit of the food safety program to determine adequacy and compliance.

Class 2 food premises that choose to operate with an independent (non-standard) food safety program must have the program audited by a Department of Health and Human Services approved third party auditor annually.

A new Department of Health and Human Services Food safety program template is now available. 

Class 2 food premises that choose to operate with an independent (non-standard) food safety program must have the program audited by a Department of Health and Human Services approved auditor annually.

Class 3 food premises do not need a food safety program but must keep minimum records about specific food handling practices. These records include information about suppliers and the safe storage of potentially hazardous food. Records are available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

For further information regarding food safety programs, contact Food Safety Victoria on 1300 364 352 or Council’s Health Services Team on 1300 367 700.