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Food Info - Licence

Non-profit food businesses


Different rules apply to licensing of non-profit organisations.

  • Non-profit organisations need a licence when meals are served 12 or more times in a financial year. A meal is food that is meant to be eaten at a table with cutlery.
    • Examples of a meal are:
      • casserole
      • roast meat and vegetables
      • curries and stir-fry
      • salad.
    • Examples of food that is not a meal:
      • pie and sausage roll
      • hot dog
      • hamburger and hot chips
      • sausage sizzle
      • soup in a cup.

Non-profit organisations don’t need a licence for these activities:

  • selling packaged food
  • selling unpackaged food that is not a meal
  • reheating or serving pre-prepared meals, for example, reheating frozen meals or making soup from a packet mix
  • selling food that is not potentially hazardous:
    • tea and coffee
    • biscuits and cakes
    • soft drink
    • confectionary and nuts
  • selling food that has a low risk of causing food poisoning:
    • whole fruit
    • toast
    • cereal
  • selling food that the customer helps to prepare, for example, a carer helping to prepare food at an accommodation facility
  • selling food as part of a training or educational activity, for example, a cooking course where the food produced is served to customers to raise money for the organisation
  • surf live saving clubs selling meals for a small price when a member of the club helps to prepare the meal.