Once you make the decision to start a dairy carrier 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 carrier 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 carrier licence holders must also comply with all relevant provisions of the Food Act 1984 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code in relation to the transport of dairy food.
The Victorian dairy licence handbook outlines what is required to obtain and operate under a DFSV dairy licence.
- Ensure your vehicles meet the requirements
Your business and vehicles must comply with Standard 3.2.3 and Division 3 of Standard 4.2.4 - Primary production and processing standard for dairy products of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Further information is available in the FSANZ Guide to Part 2: Dairy Collection and Transport Requirements.
- Develop a food safety program
The Food Standards Code requires dairy carrier businesses to control potential food safety hazards by implementing a documented food safety program based on Codex HACCP principles.
The program must outline the control measures and procedures in place to reduce or eliminate potential food safety hazards associated with the collection and transportation of dairy products. DFSV has developed a template that you can modify to suit your business.
Additional requirements – transporting raw milk for raw milk cheese production
If you intend to collect and transport milk for raw milk cheese you must address the additional requirements under Standard 4.2.4 in a documented and validated food safety program for DFSV approval. Further information, including a checklist of the additional requirements, is available here.
- Ensure adequate skills
Ensure you have the necessary skills and competency to manage food safety in your business.
A dairy carrier 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.
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.
Click here for information to assist you to complete your application
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 and the submission of your food safety program, and the process for becoming approved, which will include an inspection of your vehicles.
The time it takes to approve the application will depend on the results of the review of your food safety program and the inspection of the vehicles.
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 manufacturer licence, a fee of $190.00 must be submitted to DFSV with your application form.
These are paid to DFSV annually from 1 January to 31 December. The fee is calculated based on the number of vehicles used by the business to transport bulk milk.
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