Food Business Classifications

Council is required to 'risk classify' all food premises. The classifications will be rated as High, Medium, or Low Risk.

Details of the categories are as below:

Low Risk
 Businesses unlikely to cause a food borne illness outbreak are considered ‘low risk’. Examples include:
  • businesses that only handle pre-packaged or non-potentially hazardous foods (e.g. some service stations, newsagents, bars and liquor stores)
  • vehicles used to transport food between retail business premises or from a retail premises to a customer (e.g. takeaway delivery vehicle, or vehicle used to move food between a preparation kitchen or market stall)
  • childcare (not preparing potentially hazardous food (e.g. children bring lunch from home)
  • wine tasting/cheese and biscuits.


Medium Risk
 All hospitality-type retail food premises are considered ‘medium risk’ and include:
  • cafes
  • restaurants
  • school canteens
  • takeaway shops
  • juicing activities
  • supermarkets and
  • mobile food vehicles that prepare and sell potentially hazardous food (PHF).


High Risk
 Food premises that conduct any of the following activities are categorised as ‘high-risk’ and include:
  • a business that prepares or supplies food to vulnerable populations (e.g. childcare facility that prepares food on site for children including home based childcare preparing potentially hazardous food)
  • a business that undertakes high risk processes and activities (e.g. raw egg products, smoking meats, sous vide)
  • large scale operations (e.g. function centre/large restaurant that employs more than 10 full time equivalent food handlers).

*Potentially Hazardous Foods include:

  • raw and cooked meat, or foods containing meat such as casseroles, curries and lasagne
  • dairy products such as milk, custard and dairybased desserts
  • seafood (excluding live seafood)
  • processed or cut fruits and vegetables, such as salads
  • cooked rice and pasta
  • foods containing egg, beans, nuts or other proteinrich food such as quiche and soy products
  • foods that contain any of the above foods including sandwiches and rolls.