If you are starting a food manufacturing business, you will be required to have an approved food manufacturing licence.

Food Agent Australia is your first point of contact for this type of food business licence. We are recognised across all council areas to ensure local manufacturing food businesses meet all regulatory requirements to operate confidently and safely.

As your single point of contact, we ensure every box is ticked and manage the various services and requirements necessary to obtain your food business licence swiftly, without delay. Our 100% independent service guarantees an easy transition into your new business operation.

Find out what it takes to start your food manufacturing business today.

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Do I Need a Licence for Food Manufacturing?

If you are preparing food to be distributed or wholesaled to retailers, or if you are packaging/re-packaging food, you will likely need a food manufacturing licence. You must be licenced to significantly alter the nature of a primary food or fluid by any process to produce a final product.

You must be licensed if you undertake the following activities:

  • Milling, peeling or cutting products
  • Freezing, drying, grinding or mixing ingredients
  • Bottling or canning food or drink
  • Packing unpackaged food or re-packaging food
  • Making food or drink products by combining multiple ingredients in a factory/kitchen


Getting approved for your Restaurant or Café

Because every business is different, the requirements to achieve your licence can vary greatly. Your kitchen will need to meet food safety standards, both structurally and functionally.

Additionally, every council area has different requirements. But Food Agent Australia’s team of experts specialise in all council regions and based on our findings at your compliance audit along with the information you provide, we can determine the specific requirements to secure your food business licence.

Our Process

Here at Food Agent Australia, we have created a simple process to get your food manufacturing licence approved quickly and smoothly. We will guide you through the following steps:

  • 1. Project and Licence Scoping

  • 2. Compliance Audit, Compilation of Documents, Project Works or Courses

  • 3. Application Submitted

  • 4. Inspection(s)

  • 5. Approvals to Commence Trading

Sometimes, even finding the correct information, to begin with, can prove difficult.  Our experience and unrivalled council relationships ensure an expedited approvals process. As we guide you through the process, we will always have one goal in mind – to get your food manufacturing business up and running as quickly as possible.

We explain the process for getting a Food Business Licence in more detail on this page.

Food Manufacturing Businesses

What Types Are There?

In Queensland, food manufacturing businesses fall into two categories – the food manufacturing industry and the beverage manufacturing industry. Regardless of category, manufacturing products for human consumption will require licencing. These include:

Food Manufacturing Industry

  • Making ice
  • Honey
  • Spices, sauces, marinades and condiments
  • Jams, relishes, syrups and spreads
  • Frozen meals
  • Nuts, seeds and coffee roasting
  • Chocolate, sweets and confectionery
  • Health supplements
  • Baked goods, cookies, biscuits and crackers
  • Cakes, cupcakes and bread
  • Flour, rice and pasta
  • Dried and dehydrated fruits and vegetables
  • Flavourings
  • Cooking oils & Margarine
  • Chips and Snack Foods

Beverage Manufacturing Industry

  • Breweries and beer
  • Winemakers
  • Distilleries and distilled spirits
  • Flavourings
  • Soft drinks
  • Fruit juices
  • Bottled water
  • Flavoured dairy drinks


Our experienced and 100% independent team take the hassle out of securing your food business licence, ensuring you stay compliant and meet all requirements.