In Victoria, all food premises are required to have a Food Act 1984 registration from their council before selling food. This includes temporary and mobile food premises.
Business operators or community groups wishing to obtain a registration for their temporary or mobile food premises from their local council must apply through a website called FoodTrader.
FoodTrader has been developed by the Department of Health as a resource to facilitate the online registration process for businesses and community groups across Victoria.
What is a temporary food premises?
A temporary food premises is defined by the Food Act 1984 as a structure that is not permanently fixed to a site, this includes the following:
- tent or marquee
- market stall
- sausage sizzle stall.
What is a mobile food premises?
A mobile food premises is defined by the Food Act 1984 as a food premise that is a vehicle. This includes the following:
- food vans
- caravans or trucks
How to register a temporary or mobile food premise
1. Go to the FoodTrader website
- Create an account and login.
- Complete the online application form which will be lodged to your local council for review. You may need to supply supporting documents.
Please note: you may also require a Roadside Trading Permit or Planning Permit from Council. Please ensure you obtain the relevant permits as applicants must make their own enquiries with the appropriate departments.
2. Approval and Certificate of Registration
Once your registration has been approved and payment has been made, you will be issued a Certificate of Registration. Once you receive your certificate, you can trade anywhere in Victoria without having to register with another Council.
3. Submit a Statement of Trade each time you trade
Each time you plan to trade you need to login to your FoodTrader account and complete a short form called a Statement of Trade (SOT), which will ask when and where you will be trading from your temporary or mobile food premises. Your SOT will then go to the relevant council to notify them of your activities in their area.
Example: Your community group may have a sausage sizzle stall registered with your council. For each sausage sizzle your group does you will need to login and provide the date and location of where you will be setting up your premises.
The FoodTrader website has user guides, free resources and brochures that guide you through the registration process.
For further information on where you can trade and FoodTrader location enquiries, please contact Council’s Local Laws Department on 9205 2200.
Or you can contact Council’s Public Health Unit on 9205 2200 if you have any questions.