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Food Act 2006 – 24 March 2016

Food Regulation 2016 – 1 October 2016

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A person must not sell food that the person knows, or reasonably ought to know, is unsafe.

  • Sections 12, 19, 20, 33

A person must comply with a requirement imposed on the person by a provision of the food standards code in relation to the conduct of a food business or to food intended for sale or food for sale.

  • Sections 13, 14, 39

A person must not carry on a licensable food business unless the person holds a licence to carry on the business. A ‘licensable food business’ is defined in section 48 of this Act. An application for a licence can be made to the local government. A licence if granted has a duration of not more than 3 years.

  • Sections 4, 10, 13, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 67, 69, 85, 98, 99, 100, 101, 123, 124, 125, 157, 158, Schedule 3 of the Act; Regulations 3, 4, 5, 6, Schedule 1 of the Regulation

Where a person holds a licence for a licensable food business, they must also have a food safety supervisor for the business. The supervisor is to be appointed within 30 days of the licence issuing (and the local government is to be advised of their name and contact details). The licence holder can be the food safety supervisor for the business and the business may have more than 1 food safety supervisor.

  • Sections 10, 86, 87, 88, Schedule 3 of the Act

A person may apply to the government to become an auditor for the purposes of this Act. An approved auditor has functions to advise the local government about the accreditation of food safety programs, and to conduct audits of accredited food safety programs (among other functions). The approval remains in force for a term of not more than 3 years.

  • Sections 127, 128, 130, 135, 151

[In 12 months from commencement], the proprietor of the standard food outlet (of a prescribed licensable food business) must ensure that prescribed nutritional information is displayed for standard food items sold at the outlet pursuant to section 164E of the Act. For the definition of ‘standard food item’, refer to section 164C of the Act. For the definition of ‘standard food outlet’, refer to section 164D of the Act.

  • Sections 164A, 164B, 164C, 164D, 164E, 164G, 303; Regulations 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Food contamination is to be reported immediately to the government.

  • Sections 271A, 271B
Reason for law

To ensure food for sale is safe and suitable for human consumption. (Section 8)

Relevant links

Food Safety [Queensland Government]

Food Standards Code

Mobile Food Vehicle Register

Register of Approved Auditors

Food business licences [Brisbane City Council]

(See your local government website for its food safety information/forms)

United Nations World Food Programme

Dietitians Association of Australia

Food Industries Association of Queensland Inc.

Restaurant & Catering Industry Association

The Australian Coffee Traders Association

Verge gardens (Brisbane City Council)

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Roza’s Gourmet

Crowd Delivery

Fair Food Brisbane





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