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Northern Territory Food

If you are running a food business, you are part of one of the most dynamic and diverse sectors of the Northern Territory economy.

Food businesses can include cafes, restaurants, caterers, takeaways, tour operators, Bed and Breakfast (B&B) and even some transport operators.

The Food Act is the key piece of legislation for food businesses in the Northern Territory and is administered by the Department of Health. It is part of the uniform legislation governing food safety across Australia. The objects of this legislation include:

  • ensuring that food for sale is both safe and suitable for human consumption;
  • preventing misleading conduct in connection with the sale of food; and
  • providing for the application of the Food Standards Code in the Northern Territory.

Under the Food Act all food businesses must be registered and comply with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, which is administered by Food Standards Australia New Zealand. This independent statutory body is part of the Australian Government's Department of Health portfolio.

Food premises must also comply with the Building Act and Building Regulations and the Building Code of Australia. Food premises are a special use under Schedule 2 of the Building Regulations and the Department of Health must report on compliance with Parts H101, H102 and H103 of the Building Code of Australia.

The Food Business Information Package is designed to help you to establish and run a food business in the Northern Territory. It provides you with information about issues relevant to all businesses, and those specific to food businesses with a checklist, fact sheets, and details on where to go for help.

The Northern Territory Information pack is separated into different business types to provide you with specific information related to your business. Please choose from one of the following business types.