Dairy Farm

If you produce milk from a bovine animal (or camel, goat, sheep or buffalo) on a farm in Queensland, with the intent to sell or supply that milk for human or animal consumption, then you require an accreditation with Safe Food Production Queensland (Safe Food).

This activity is classified as Producing under the Dairy Scheme of the Food Production (Safety) Regulation 2014.

Other accreditations you may need

If you are processing milk on the same site (e.g. pasteurising, manufacturing cheese, yoghurt etc.), then you will require an accreditation as a Processor. Under an Processing accreditation, the production of milk will be covered (i.e. you will not require two separate accreditations).

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What should I submit with my application?

  • Application form

    Complete the Application form and select Producing (dairy scheme) as your activity on page 2.

  • Payment of fees

    Fees and payment details can be viewed within the Application form.

  • Management Statement

    You must submit a management statement detailing your on-farm practices. A management statement is a concise way of documenting how your business intends to operate and what activities you intend to undertake. It should be written by you (the applicant) in your own words. We also accept other formats of management statements or food safety programs (e.g. from your processor).

  • Approval from local council

    You must provide written confirmation from your local council that you are permitted to undertake your proposed activities at the site from which you intend to operate.

  • Site plan & photos

    Please submit a site plan and photos that show the following:

    • milking room, including milk vats/silos
    • milking pit
    • yards and grain / ration storage areas
    • CIP cleaning station and chemicals
    • hand washing facilities, including chemicals
    • equipment
    • storage areas
    • rodent bait stations (site plan only)
  • Milk supply agreement (if applicable)

    If you are supplying milk to a single processor, please submit a copy of your milk supply agreement. By providing this, Safe Food will be able to audit your records via the processor that you supply to, thereby removing the need to conduct an on-site audit at your business.

Submit your completed application to info@safefood.qld.gov.au or PO Box 221, Greenslopes, Brisbane, QLD 4120.

When to apply

Under the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000, it is unlawful to engage in certain activities relating to primary production or processing of food until you have been granted an accreditation by Safe Food. As such, you should allow adequate time for your application to be reviewed by Safe Food before you begin operating.

Your application will aim to be assessed within 14 days, although applications submitted in their entirety (with all the items outlined above) are likely to be processed faster.

Upon submission of your application, a member of our Central Assessment Team will contact you for payment (if paying by credit card). Once payment has been received, your application will be assessed, and we will contact you if we require any further information.

You will be notified in writing about the outcome of your application (approved or refused).

Fees

Fees are based on the activities you are carrying out and are outlined in the Application form.

New applications will incur a one-time application fee that is non-refundable.

Our accreditation period runs from 1st January – 31st December*. You will therefore need to renew your accreditation on an annual basis.

For more information, please refer to our fees & charges.

*Our fees are not pro-rata.