For Food Businesses

I am thinking of opening a food business what do I need to do?

To register your food business in the City of Albany, notify us of any alterations to your existing food business, or let us know you've purchased an existing business, you are required to submit a completed Food Act 2008 Registration / Notification form, show evidence of food safety training (see below for access) and pay the applicable fees.

Some community groups may not need to register as a food business, but are required to notify us of their food activities.  This is done using the same form. Application fees for community groups are reduced in some instances so please contact your Environmental Health team on 6820 3000 if you'd like to discuss the fee structure. 

An inspection of the premises / temporary structure / mobile food premises will need to take place prior to opening, or when ownership of an existing premises changes. Once your completed application package has been submitted, an Environmental Health Officer will contact you to commence the registration approval process. 

Food Act 2008 Registration / Notification form

Starting a Food Business in Western Australia

Temporary, Mobile and Home based food businesses

Temporary premises are used to sell food at an occasional event, such as a fete, fair, festival, market or show, usually lasting only a few hours. The structure is temporary, usually consisting of a marquee and is dismantled after the event.

Mobile premises are a vehicle that is permanently equipped to prepare and sell food. They're not a permanent premises and can be driven / towed from site to site. 

Both temporary and mobile food premises need to meet the same food safety requirements as other food businesses, regardless of the size of the business or how often food is provided. 

Certain food businesses may operate from a residential house such as:

  • B&B's
  • Farm-stay accommodation 
  • Childcare businesses
  • Food prepared for fundraising events
  • Online food sales from home
  • Preparing food for local markets

If you prepare food for sale or sell food in a residential home, you are still deemed to be a food business under the Food Act 2008 and therefore must comply with all food laws and register or notify your food business with the City of Albany

More information about Temporary Food Premises

More information about Mobile Food Businesses

More information about Home based food businesses

FoodSafe Online Training

The City of Albany takes food safety and hygiene within our city very seriously. All businesses have obligations to produce safe and suitable food and The Environmental Health Team are assisting food businesses to meet these obligations by providing free access to a new exciting training tool. 

There is a high demand for training in the food sector. This training will assist food handlers in developing the required skills and knowledge to ensure food is handled in a safe and hygienic manner. The program is easy to follow and includes interactive quizzes. A training certificate can be printed upon completion and kept as part of your staff records. It is currently available in English,食品安全在线课程 (Simplified Chinese) and Thực phẩm an toàn trực tuyến (Vietnamese) 

Once you’ve gone through the registration process you will finish at a checkout page requesting payment. Please enter discount code FSALBAN311 at the checkout and the $35 fee will be waived.

  • Please note that:

    1. The online training is for completing by individuals; the platform isn’t a group training environment. A certificate in the participants name will be issued once the training is complete
    2. We have received feedback that after a few people register for and complete the training on the same computer, further access to the training registration page is sometimes blocked. The remedy to this is to clear your browser history / cache and access will then be granted
    3. Please ensure you have entered your email address correctly during registration. After you have registered for the course you will receive an email with a link to access the training. If you do not receive the email please check your promotions folder or junk mail / spam folder.

    If you have any technical issues with the training e.g. certificate not being issued upon completion, please contact the training provider on email wa@eh.org.au stating the name you used to register and the issue you are experiencing.

Access FoodSafe Online Training Here

Please watch the video below for a preview of the course content

Why and when do health inspections of Food Businesses occur?

Regular routine inspections are undertaken to ensure compliance with legislative requirements in an effort to protect public health and safety.

Most inspections are undertaken without giving notice to the operator; this is to give a true indication of how the premises is operated under normal conditions.

The design, construction, maintenance and operation of a food premises is to comply with the Australian Standard 'Design, construction and fit-out of food premise' Public Health Act 2016, Food Act 2008, Food Regulations 2009, the Food Standards Code and Council's Local Laws.

Food Standards Code Australia New Zealand

A lot of very handy information about food handling skills and knowledge requirements, health and hygiene responsibilities of food handlers and the fit out of a food premises can be found in the Food Standards Code Australia New Zealand. 

Food handling skills and knowledge

Health and hygiene responsibilities

Food premises and equipment