7. SETTING UP - LEGAL
You are legally required to meet the food health and safety standards set in the Food Safety Act 2006 and Food Production (Safety) Act 2000. You need to make sure you always prepare, transport and store food safely.
If you are not absolutely sure what you need to do then consider taking a Food Safety course.
Licencing and Registration
The licencing and registration regulations governing the catering industry vary from State to State, and even vary between different Council areas.
I recommend you contact your local Business advisory service and local council to find out what you need to do to keep everything legitimate.
Here’s a list of some of the possible requirements you may need to operate in your area.
Food Business Licence/permit
Standing Vehicle/Stall Licence/permit
Liquor Licence (for serving alcohol)
Transporting Meat Accreditation
Itinerant Vendor Licence
Approval to Discharge Trade Waste
Commercial Vehicle Registration
ABN - Australian Business Number – you’ll need one of these, they’re FREE from the Australian Tax office and can be applied for online. ‘Sole Trader’ is the easiest one to apply for (see below).
Your business structure
The 4 most common business structures are:
If you’re not sure what sort of business structure you need, you should seek professional advice before you decide because there are many legal, financial and tax issues to consider.
Research what licencing and registration regulations you will need to meet to operate in your area.
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