How to comply

Council operates within a total compliance framework by incorporating education, regulation and enforcement in ensuring businesses are compliant.

All food businesses in Queensland are legally required to comply with the requirements set out in the following:

Queensland Health and Local Government are the two government bodies responsible for administering the requirements of the Food Act 2006 and Food Standards Code.

The aim of the Food Act 2006 is to ensure the safety of the public by the supply of safe and suitable food.

The Food Standards Code sets out obligations for people who handle, sell, or prepare food for sale. All people who carry out these activities in a food business are responsible for ensuring the food that is sold is safe and suitable.

With over 660 licensed food businesses in the Mackay regional area, it is critical that these businesses are regulated and comply with all relevant food legislation. If you are starting a new food business or taking over an existing food business you may need a food business licence.

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For more information about complying with food legislation, contact council's Health and Regulatory Services to speak with an Environmental Health Officer on 1300 MACKAY (622 529) or email