Key messages

  • Some businesses have a predetermined classification.
  • This page lists predetermined classifications for some businesses, organisations and community groups.

Class 1

The class 1 service sector includes:

  • food businesses that provide meals to patients in hospitals, including
    • a public hospital
    • a public health service
    • a denominational hospital
    • a private hospital
    • a day procedure centre
    • a multipurpose service (within the meaning of s. 3 of the Health Services Act 1988)
  • food businesses that provide meals to children in child services
  • delivered meal organisations that prepare ready-to-eat meals for delivery to vulnerable persons
  • food businesses located off-site, but whose principal activity is to process food for service to clients of delivered meals organisations
  • food businesses located off-site, but whose principal activity is to process food for service to vulnerable people in care facilities
  • food businesses that provide meals to patients in hospices
  • food businesses that provide meals to residents in nursing homes for the aged, including an aged care service that provides care in a residential facility
  • food businesses that provide meals to aged care establishments
    • at which accommodation is provided to aged persons on a permanent or temporary basis, in conjunction with regular personal care and nursing services
    • at which rehabilitation or therapeutic services are provided to aged persons
    • where on-call assistance, including meals, is provided on request to aged residents
  • food businesses that provide meals to residents, a majority of who are aged persons, in a support residential service.

Class 2

Class 2 community groups include:

  • those preparing potentially hazardous food that is cooked, refrigerated, then reheated. For example, festivals selling rice dishes that have been precooked, stored in a coolroom and then reheated
  • those preparing and selling potentially hazardous food containing raw ingredients that has not been involved in a ‘kill step’, such as homemade mayonnaise and desserts containing raw ingredients (such as eggs).

Class 2 service sector – community groups include:

  • canteens preparing and serving potentially hazardous food (located in schools, workplaces, sporting clubs, universities or TAFEs, physical disability centres, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres)
  • camps (school, religious and others) preparing and serving potentially hazardous food.

The class 2 service sector includes:

  • bed and breakfasts preparing and serving potentially hazardous food
  • cafes preparing and serving potentially hazardous food
  • caterers preparing and serving potentially hazardous food
  • fast-food chains preparing and serving potentially hazardous food (chicken, pizza, pasta, burgers)
  • function centres preparing and serving potentially hazardous food
  • mobile food vehicles or food carts preparing and serving potentially hazardous food
  • prisons preparing and serving potentially hazardous food
  • restaurants preparing and serving potentially hazardous food
  • takeaway food outlets preparing and selling potentially hazardous food
  • tour operators preparing and serving potentially hazardous food.

Class 2 manufacturers include those that make:

  • baby food
  • canned/bottled foods
  • juices
  • ready-to-eat salads, vegetables and/or fruits (excluding jam products)
  • sweets (chocolate made from raw cocoa beans).

Class 2 manufacturer–retailers include:

  • bakeries producing, handling and serving potentially hazardous food such as custards, cream cakes and meat products
  • gelati manufacturers
  • pasta manufacturers
  • pickle, relish, chutney and condiment producers.

Class 2 retailers include:

  • those that sell soft-serve ice-cream
  • delicatessens that prepare and serve potentially hazardous food
  • home-based kitchens that produce and sell potentially hazardous food such as pies
  • juice bars
  • supermarkets that sell ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food.

Class 3

Class 3 community groups include those that handle potentially hazardous food, cooked with the intention that the food is sold for immediate consumption.

Class 2 service sector / community groups include canteens preparing and serving low-risk food or prepackaged, potentially hazardous food.

The class 3 service sector includes:

  • bars serving low-risk food
  • bed and breakfasts preparing and serving low-risk food such as cereal and toast
  • cafes preparing and serving low-risk food
  • cake decoration shops (no baking)
  • mobile food vehicles or food carts preparing and serving low-risk food
  • tour operators preparing and serving low-risk food.

Class 3 manufacturers include:

  • bakeries handling low-risk food (bread, flour-based foods).
  • biscuit manufacturers processing low-risk food.
  • breweries, wineries and other alcoholic drink makers
  • cereal producers
  • confectionery manufacturers (sweets and sugar based)
  • flour millers and manufacturers
  • food ingredients manufacturers (such as flavouring or colouring)
  • honey processors
  • ice manufacturers
  • oil and fat manufacturers
  • soft drink manufacturers
  • water bottlers.

Class 3 retailers include:

  • cinemas and theatres handling low-risk food (unpackaged foods such as popcorn)
  • fruit stalls and green grocers preparing and selling cut fruit and vegetables
  • frozen gelati and ice-cream shops selling unpackaged gelati and ice-cream
  • home-based food manufacturers preparing and selling low-risk foods such as cookies and jams
  • convenience stores selling prepackaged, potentially hazardous food or unpackaged low-risk food
  • nut, herb and spice sellers
  • service stations handling and selling low-risk foods or selling prepackaged, potentially hazardous food (self-serve food or food that needs reheating)
  • those that sell eggs.

Class 3 warehouse–distributors include:

  • alcoholic beverages distributors or wholesalers
  • cold stores (including those that sell frozen food)
  • dry goods wholesaler.

Class 4

Class 4 community groups are those that:

  • operate a food stall selling biscuits, tea or coffee (with or without milk or soymilk)
  • sell packaged or covered cakes (other than cakes with a cream filling) at a temporary premises
  • sell low-risk foods prepackaged food such as jams and honey
  • sell sausages that are cooked and served immediately.

Class 4 retailer – community groups include food stalls that sell prepackaged low-risk foods such as cooked cakes (cream-based cakes not permitted), jams and honey.

Class 4 retailers include:

  • cinemas and theatres selling low-risk prepackaged food (confectionery, bottled water and soft drinks)
  • confectionery shops selling prepackaged chocolate and sugar-based confectionery
  • green grocers and fruit stalls selling whole or uncut fruit only
  • liquor bottle shops 
  • milk bars selling only prepackaged food, low-risk foods and milk
  • newsagents selling prepackaged food such as gum, packaged confectionery, bottled water and soft drinks
  • pharmacists selling prepackaged food such as gum and packaged confectionery
  • service stations selling low-risk prepackaged food such as gum and soft drinks
  • supermarkets selling low-risk prepackaged food only
  • vending machines selling packaged confectionery, bottled water and soft drinks
  • video shops selling low-risk prepackaged food.

The class 4 service sector includes:

  • businesses that operate from a temporary food stall selling sausages that are cooked and served immediately
  • sessional children's services where low-risk food, or cut fruit or vegetables is served, and the food is served to children
  • tea shops that sell low-risk prepackaged foods
  • wine tasting for members of the public, which may include serving cheese or low-risk food that has been prepared and is ready to eat.

Class 4 warehouse–distributors include green grocers and fruit wholesalers selling whole or uncut fruit only.

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