All businesses, organisations, individuals and community groups selling food or drink in Victoria must be classified according to the highest level of risk their food handling activities pose.
You must follow the Food Act 1984 safety regulations and requirements for your classification, regardless of the type of business or group you are.
The classification system is risk based, so that regulation is matched to the food safety risk that different food business activities pose to public health.
Food business classification - definitions
If you are involved in running any type of food business, you should be familiar with all of the terms used by the department on the food safety website.
Food business classifications – predetermined
Victoria classifies food businesses according to food safety risk. Some businesses have a predetermined classification.
Following consultation with stakeholders and a comprehensive review of the existing food premises classification system which took effect in 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is proposing to make or vary a declaration of classes of food premises.
Food business classifications – not predetermined
Victoria uses a classification system to classify food businesses, and a classification tool can help to do this.
Reviewed 12 November 2021