Food safety and licensing
Food safety is important for everyone. It's estimated that 1 in 5 people in Australia become ill from eating unsafe food each year.
There are more than 1100 licensed food businesses in the Cairns Regional Council area. For public safety, these businesses are closely regulated and must comply with a range of food safety legislation.
If you are thinking of starting, taking over or renovating a food business, read the information carefully to ensure you understand your obligations.
Takeaway and deliveries: COVID-19
Cairns Regional Council supports local food businesses looking for alternative ways to continue operating during the current restrictions. If you have a current Fixed Food Business Licence (ie restaurant or cafe), you can provide takeaway and/or delivery options without any changes to your Licence.
It’s important that you continue to practice good food handling hygiene during the COVID-19 outbreak.
To operate a food business, you must comply with the Food Standards Code, Food Act 2006, Council requirements and various other laws. Read more Explore the licensing requirements for food businesses that operate from a building or structure with a fixed location. Read more Mobile food vehicles must meet the same food safety requirements as other food businesses. Certain locations are restricted or regulated. Read more If you intend to process, manufacture, and/or sell food from a domestic kitchen in residential premises, you are considered a home-based food business. Read more Temporary food businesses are temporary structures used to prepare and sell food at occasional events, and are dismantled after the event Read more Different rules apply to non-profit organisations looking to prepare food. Concessions are available for eligible groups wishing to operate a food business. Read more To operate an off-site or on-site catering business, you must hold a Food Business Licence and have an accredited Food Safety Program. Read more Thinking about buying an existing fixed or mobile food business? Find out about licences, permits, other approvals and pre-purchase searches. Read more If you plan to renovate or refurbish an existing fixed premises or mobile food vehicle, you may need to apply for Council approval. Read more Your food business may need to have an accredited Food Safety Program. Explore the criteria and accreditation process. Read more All food business employees must undergo food safety training. You can access free training and online food safety resources here. Read more All licensed food businesses must have a Food Safety Supervisor. Learn about the requirements and notification process. Read more
Last updated: 27 March 2020