All food businesses have obligations under the Food Act 2006 and the Food Standards Code Australia and New Zealand. Council is responsible for monitoring compliance with Chapter 3 of the Food Standards Code, the Food Safety Standards.

The majority of food businesses require a Food Licence issued by the Local Government. If you are taking over an existing food business you may wish to complete a Land Record Search prior to signing a contract or lease agreement.

If you intend to build or renovate a food premises please refer to Council’s Guide to making application to construct or refit a food premises.  You will be required to complete an application to construct or refit premises and submit plans and specifications of the proposed fit-out.

Further information and fact sheets relating to food safety can be found on the Queensland Health website or by contacting Council’s Environmental Health and Regulatory Services Unit on (07) 4099 9444.

Environmental Health Officers work with the local food industry to maintain the highest standards.  These include:

  • Advice on food safety standards.
  • Guidance on compliance with food hygiene requirements.
  • Monitoring food businesses.
  • Free online Food Safety Training
  • Co-operating with the food industry to improve standards.
  • Providing multi-language food hygiene information.
  • Providing education programs for schools.
  • Advice on Food Safety for community and charity groups.