All food businesses in NSW including temporary food businesses are required to notify the NSW Food Authority of their food activity details, including, any business, enterprise or activity that involves handling of food intended for sale, or the sale of food.
Regardless of whether the business, enterprise or activity concerned is of a commercial or community nature; or whether it involves the handling or sale of food on one occasion only, must by law notify the Authority.
Examples of temporary food businesses include:
BBQ stall/sausage sizzle at outdoor event.
Food stalls at markets.
Sports club BBQ held each week.
Notification of food businesses allows the Authority and Council to maintain a close relationship with all businesses. For example it means we can keep you informed and updated on changes to food legislation.
Since April 2004, new fines have been imposed for a business that have not notified the Authority of their activity. Fines include $55 000 (maximum penalty) for single businesses and $275 000 (maximum penalty) for corporations (Section 100, NSW Food Act 2003).
For further information, refer to the Guidelines in "Tools & Resources".