Licensing

Who requires a PrimeSafe Licence?

Under the Meat Industry Act 1993 and the Seafood Safety Act 2003, all meat processing facilities and seafood businesses in Victoria require a licence issued by PrimeSafe in order to operate.

PrimeSafe licence conditions require facilities to comply with relevant Australian and Victorian standards that apply to each licence category. PrimeSafe determines licence categories. Use the following link to see if you need a licence and what type.

Do I need a licence?

PrimeSafe licence categories

Click through for more information on each of the PrimeSafe licence categories, including how to apply, standards & guidelines and fees & charges.

How do I apply for a licence?

Apply for a licence by selecting the relevant PrimeSafe licence category above.

How long is my PrimeSafe licence valid for and how do I renew it?

Your PrimeSafe licence must be renewed each year to ensure that it remains current. Significant penalties may apply to those who operate without a licence.

Licence Periods and Renewals

How does PrimeSafe ensure compliance?

PrimeSafe’s main objective is to ensure the safety of all meat and seafood products for consumers. PrimeSafe utilises a number of compliance, surveillance and monitoring programs to achieve this objective.

Compliance Programs

What if I want to sell at a farmers' market?

Local councils are responsible for the regulatory management of farmers’ markets and roadside in Victoria. Your business may need a PrimeSafe Meat Transport Vehicle licence. Click for further information.

Farmers Markets

When do I need to update PrimeSafe on changes to my business?

If you currently have a PrimeSafe licence, it is important to keep your details up to date with PrimeSafe. Find out what details you need to keep up to date with PrimeSafe.

Changes to my business

How do I find a PrimeSafe licensed business?

Click through to search for all PrimeSafe licensed facilities.

Licence Search