Wodonga Council
Food safety requirements

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Food safety requirements

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The following food safety records are required:

Class 1 premises

Class 1 food businesses must have a food safety program, this is an "independent" non-standard food safety program that is tailored to take into account the food handling activities at the premises.

Class 2 premises

Class 2 premises have two options for a food safety program that is:

  • Completed using any suitable template registered with the Department of Health; or 
  • An independent (`non-standard`) program that is developed specifically for the premises.

The majority of food businesses (restaurants, cafes, etc) can use a standard food safety program template.

FoodSmart is a Victorian Government website designed to help retail and food service businesses develop their food safety programs. FoodSmart includes templates which are free of charge, and which will guide you through the writing of your food safety program. The completed food safety program can also be emailed to, and registered with council, directly from the website.

Class 3 premises

Class 3 food premises must keep the applicable declared minimum records. To work out which minimum records to keep, complete the Class 3 food premises minimum records checklist.

Minimum records are available on the Department of Health’s website or contact our environmental health team on (02) 6022 9300.

Class 4 premises

Due to the lower food risk associated with the food handling activities, a food safety program is not required. However, the food sold needs to be safe.

Community group events

Class 2 community group require a food safety program. Use the community group temporary and mobile food premises template for Class 2.

Community groups operating Class 3 food premises may use the easy-to-complete minimum records in the Department of Health`s food safety guide for community groups.


A food safety program is a written plan that shows how your business manages the safety of the food you prepare, serve, manufacture or sell, by describing how you control and monitor the possible food risks in your business.

Food businesses can also choose to develop an independent food safety program not using the department`s template.

These will have to be audited by a certified Food Safety Auditor (at an additional cost). The council will still also conduct routine inspections.

Whichever program is chosen for your business, you will need to:

  • Tailor the program to your business;
  • Lodge the food safety program with us when you apply for food business registration; and
  • Put the food safety program into place and use it in your food business. This includes following listed procedures and keeping all necessary records.

Our environmental health officers (EHO) will do regular compliance checks to ensure that you are implementing the program correctly.