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Food Safety

Collaborating closely with the Victorian Government, we seek to support a robust food safety regulatory system that protects consumers’ health without overly burdening business with regulatory red tape.

We do this by representing Victoria’s councils, which register and regulate over 45,000 food premises, at national and state food safety regulatory forums and discussions, and providing input and advice to reforms being developed by the state.

Particular interests in recent years have been:

  • the implementation of measures to provide greater transparency of food safety regulatory activities undertaken by councils
  • supporting the introduction of a single registration system for temporary and mobile food businesses
  • the development of advice for councils about how they can better target their activities towards those practices which pose the highest risk of food safety incidents in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory costs to businesses.

We also project manage, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, the maintenance of an online single registration system for temporary and mobile food businesses.

MoU Between Food Safety Regulators

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between food regulators in Victoria was signed with an explanatory Schedule in 2012.

The MOU outlines the different roles and jurisdictions of the various agencies involved in food regulation, namely the Department of Health and Human Services, PrimeSafe, Dairy Food Safety Victoria and local government. We represent local government on the committee.

Initiated in 2004, the latest version of the MOU is currently being reviewed by the Victorian Food Regulators Forum.

As councils register most food businesses in Victoria (except for meat, seafood and dairy food businesses licensed by PrimeSafe and Dairy Food Safety Victoria) councils play an important role in cooperating with other regulators to protect public health and apply food regulation in Victoria.

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Contact Us

For more information about MAV's work on food safety, contact:

Rosemary Hancock
Policy Adviser
03 9667 5520