Council and food safety

Staff serving foodCouncil is responsible for ensuring that food for sale is safe and suitable for human consumption through administering and enforcing the Food Act 1984. Environmental Health Officers in Council’s Health Protection Unit are the authorised people who do this job.

What we do

  • Register, accept notifications and inspect premises that sell, store, manufacture, package or transport food for sale including temporary and mobile premises. Premises include take away food premises, delicatessens, restaurants, hotels, food manufacturers, mobile food trucks and market stalls, but do not include premises that mainly handle raw meat or poultry that are licensed by Primesafe or manufacturers of dairy products that are licensed by Dairy Food Safety Victoria.
  • Conduct a food sampling program where food samples are collected from food premises and sent to a laboratory to check for food safety and compliance with regulations.
  • Respond to customer requests (complaints) about food premises hygiene and food handling, contaminated food and suspected food poisoning.
  • Act on all food recalls advised by the Department of Health to make sure any unsafe food is removed from sale in food premises.
  • Educate food businesses and the community on food safety by providing information and advice to food premises during inspections and distributing a quarterly newsletter to all registered/notified premises.

Food businesses not regulated by Council

Certain food businesses are not the responsibility of the Yarra City Council as they are regulated by other government authorities. Refer to the table below to find out the appropriate authorities for the listed activities.



Meat or game handling or processing


Poultry handling or processing


Fish and seafood handling or processing


Dairy handling or processing

Dairy Food Safety Victoria

The sale or production of herbal medicines

Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria

The sale or production of medicines or consumable medical treatments

Therapeutic Goods Administration


Further information
Compliance Administration Team
9205 5166



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