Food business

Operators of licensable food businesses require a licence under the Food Act 2006. Businesses that may require a licence include restaurants, cafes, home kitchens, bakeries, takeaway food shops, temporary food stalls and mobile food vendors.

For further information such as whether you need a licence, what is required to set up a food business and how to make an application, visit LG Toolbox website.

Food business home delivery

If you have a current Fixed Food Business Licence (i.e. restaurant or cafe), you can provide takeaway and/or delivery options without any changes to your Licence. However, it is important that you manage this provision carefully to protect yourself and others.

Safe food delivery

When delivering food, you must make sure that it is transported at the right temperature to keep it safe. Hot food should be kept above 60°C and cold food below 5°C. Food within this range needs to be heated or chilled quickly to avoid bacterial growth.

Gauge showing the food temperature danger zone between 60 and 5 degrees.

  • If you are planning on doing a large number of deliveries that will take time, please use thermal delivery containers to keep the food at safe temperatures.
  • If food is to be transported for delivery it must be protected from contamination and kept under appropriate temperature control.
  • Always use food grade containers, including tubs, eskies or hot boxes to protect the food from contamination.
  • Keep hot food hot and cold food cold by using insulated bags or eskies.
  • Raw foods, such as uncooked meat, should be transported in separate containers from ready-to-eat foods, such as salads and bread.

Food safety training

All food businesses have obligations under the Food Act 2006 with regard to their premises and food handling practices. Council is assisting food businesses by providing access to food safety training for employees. This training is not suitable for a food safety supervisor who must complete the relevant competencies with a registered training organisation - refer to LG Toolbox website for more information about food safety supervisors.

The training is easy to follow and includes an entertaining presentation as well as interactive quizzes. A training acknowledgement form can be obtained upon completion and kept as part of your staff records. 

Food handlers, other than food safety supervisors, can access the online training below. 

Access Food safety training