Key messages

  • Food vending machines may be either class 2, 3 or 4.
  • Operators must follow the food safety requirements of the class that their vending machine is in.
  • All food vending machine operators must use Streatrader to register their business with their registering council.
  • Class 2 and 3 vending machine operators must lodge Statements of Trade (SOTs) through Streatrader, while class 4 vending machine operators are exempt from lodging SOTs.

Food vending machines are machines from which there is an automated sale of food without any attention or intervention by the seller at the time of sale, usually money is paid into the machine. Vending machines may be classified as class 2, 3 or 4 and different regulatory requirements apply to each class. 

If your vending machines are classified class 2 or class 3 you must follow the food safety requirements for that classification.

Class 2 vending machines are those where activities include handling unpackaged, potentially hazardous foods, such as fresh orange juice, that require specific measures to keep food safe, such as temperature control. Given the higher food safety risks involved, class 2 vending machine operators must, via Streatrader:

  • register annually with the local council where their business or head office is located
  • have a food safety program
  • have a food safety supervisor
  • lodge SOTs.

Class 3 vending machines are those where activities involve the sale of foods not commonly associated with food poisoning, such as prepackaged sandwiches or pre-packaged pies. Given the lower food safety risks involved, class 3 vending machine operators must, via Streatrader:

  • register annually with the local council where their business or head office is located
  • lodge SOTs
  • keep the required minimum records about suppliers.

Class 4 vending machines are those where activities involve the sale of low-risk foods such as packaged chocolate, lollies, chips, cans or bottles of soft drink. Given the low food safety risks involved, class 4 vending machine operators must, via Streatrader notify the council where their business or head office is located and list how many machines they operate. A notification to council of class 4 vending machines is valid across the state of Victoria and is not subject to any fees or renewal processes. 

Online registration/notifications

Applications for registration/notification, and SOTs (if required), are made via the Department of Health and Human Services' Streatrader website, the statewide, online register service for temporary and mobile food businesses. 

For further information or advice

For further information or advice, contact your local council environmental health officer. You can find your local council's details on the Know your council website

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