PrimeSafe

How to Apply for a Licence

To obtain a PrimeSafe licence to transport meat and/or seafood in your vehicle, you will need to:

  • Ensure that your vehicle complies with the construction requirements of the relevant standard.
  • Submit a licence application together with the applicable fee.
  • Make arrangements for your vehicle to be inspected by PrimeSafe or a third party auditor to confirm that it meets the construction requirements of the relevant standard.

In accordance with the Meat Industry Act 1993, you are unable to transport meat and/or seafood in your vehicle until a licence has been granted by PrimeSafe.

Lodging Your Application

An application for a PrimeSafe licence should be submitted five days prior to the date you wish to commence using your vehicle to transport meat and/or seafood. Click below to apply online or download an application form. The online form is for new applications only and cannot be used to renew a licence.

Apply online

Download application form

Note: Online applications require payment by credit card (MasterCard and Visa only). A surcharge of 0.35% of the total fee payable will apply.

Name of Owner and Contact Person

You will need to nominate a name under which the licence will be held at the time of application. The applicant can either be you, a partnership or a company. PrimeSafe cannot accept business or trading names as the applicant.

You will also need to nominate a contact person for your vehicle.

Where the applicant is a company, the contact person must be an officer of the company.

Where the applicant is a partnership, the contact person must be a partner.

Where the applicant is a person, the contact person must be that person.

Construction Inspection

Prior to submitting your application, you will need to ensure that your vehicle complies with the construction and equipment requirements of the relevant standard. Click here to view the relevant standard.

You will also need to make arrangements for an inspection of your vehicle to confirm that it meets the construction and equipment requirements of the relevant standard.

An inspection of your vehicle can be conducted at the PrimeSafe office or by a PrimeSafe approved third party auditor. Click here for a list of third party auditors. The third party auditor will report directly to PrimeSafe where your vehicle complies with the construction and equipment requirements of the relevant standard. 

An appointment is not necessary for inspections undertaken at the PrimeSafe office and you will not incur an inspection fee. A fee may apply for inspections undertaken by a third party auditor.  

In the event that your vehicle does not meet the construction and equipment requirements of the relevant standard, you will be given 30 days to rectify any outstanding issues.

Where you are unable to rectify all outstanding issues within 30 days of the initial inspection, your application will be cancelled and the application fee forfeited.

Any vehicle where the refrigeration unit has been manufactured by a PrimeSafe accredited builder will not need an inspection by PrimeSafe or a third party auditor. However, a copy of the certificate of compliance from the accredited builder must be provided to PrimeSafe otherwise a licence will not be issued.

Click here for a list of PrimeSafe accredited builders of refrigeration units for meat and seafood transport vehicles.

Issue of Licence

A licence to transport meat and/or seafood in your vehicle will be issued following confirmation that the vehicle complies with the construction and equipment requirements of the relevant standard.

You will receive a copy of the following documents:

  • Licence certificate and conditions
  • Label
  • PrimeSafe food safety program booklet (if required)

The meat transport vehicle label must be affixed to your vehicle to show that it is licensed by PrimeSafe.

It is important that you clearly understand the conditions of your licence. If you have any queries, please contact the PrimeSafe office.