Once you make the decision to start a dairy distribution business, there are several steps to follow before you can legally operate.
Take a look at each of the sections below for all the information you'll need to get started, including a checklist of requirements before you apply for a dairy licence with DFSV.
To operate a dairy distributor business in Victoria you are required under the Dairy Act 2000 to be licensed with DFSV and comply with the conditions of that licence. Dairy distributor licence holders must also comply with all relevant provisions of the Food Act 1984 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code in the conduct of the dairy business and the handling, storage and distribution of dairy food.
The Victorian dairy licence handbook outlines what is required to obtain and operate under a DFSV dairy licence.
- Check eligibility
Contact DFSV before applying if dairy products are a small portion of the total product mix you distribute in your business, you are already licensed with council, or are not storing product on your premises.
- Ensure your premises meets the requirements
Your premises and equipment must comply with relevants provisions of the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code to ensure dairy foods are protected during storage and distribution to prevent chemical, microbiological and physical contamination.
- Establish records
Dairy distributors are required under the Food Act to maintain records with respect to temperature control and traceability of product. Further information on the records you are required by law to keep is available in the Department of Health and Human Services' Food safety guide for food businesses - Class 3.
- Ensure adequate skills
Ensure you have the necessary skills and competency to manage food safety in your business.
A dairy distributor licence must be held by the person or entity in charge of operating the business and therefore ultimately responsible for the safety of the dairy food handled.
If you plan to operate at more than one site each site must be licensed separately with DFSV or if two separate businesses operate from the same premises, each may be required to hold a licence.
Submitting your application
Applications for new licences, licence transfers and licence cancellations can be completed online, along with credit card payment of the relevant application fee.
Alternatively, forms can be downloaded and printed. Return completed forms to DFSV with applicable payments made by cheque or EFT.
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Please note that it is an offence under the Dairy Act 2000 to commence operations prior to the licence being issued by Dairy Food Safety Victoria.
Once a completed licence application (form and payment where applicable) has been received by DFSV, a food safety manager will contact you to discuss your application.
Once approved, your licence certificate and an invoice for the licence fee will be posted to you.
Please display your licence certificate in a prominent place in your business.
The one-off application fee for new dairy distributor licences is $190.00
Licence transfer fee
If applying for the transfer of a dairy distributor licence, a fee of $190.00 must be submitted to DFSV with your application form.
These are paid annually and are based on finished product volumes or weights of the dairy food distributed.
Where a business distributes dairy and non-dairy food, it is currently only the volume/weight of the dairy food distributed that is used to calculate the fees.
Dairy distributor (incl. dairy food vendor) – by volume and weight
|Rate per annum|
|Any volume and weight||$121.00|