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.
PrimeSafe have produced a brochure on meat transport vehicle applications and renewals in English, Chinese Simplified, Vietnamese and Arabic.
- PrimeSafe Meat Transport Vehicles (English)
- PrimeSafe Meat Transport Vehicles (Chinese Simplified)
- PrimeSafe Meat Transport Vehicles (Vietnamese)
- PrimeSafe Meat Transport Vehicles (Arabic)
When to apply?
An application for a PrimeSafe licence should be submitted 5 days prior to the date you wish to commence using your vehicle to transport meat and/or seafood.
New applications can be made online or by downloading an application form. Online applications require payment by credit card (MasterCard and Visa only). A surcharge of 0.35% of the total fee payable will apply. This form can only be used for new applications and is not for renewing existing licences.
The licence period for a meat transport vehicle licence is 1 July to 30 June. PrimeSafe will send you an application to renew your licence in late April. It is important that you renew your licence by 30 June each year to ensure that your licence remains current and you do not operate unlicensed.
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.
How do I get my vehicle inspected?
Before 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 to get your vehicle inspected to confirm that it meets the construction and equipment requirements of the relevant standard.
A vehicle inspection can be made 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.
A booking is not needed for meat transport vehicle inspections at the PrimeSafe office and there is no inspection fee. A fee may apply for inspections undertaken by a third party auditor.
If your vehicle does not meet the construction and equipment requirements of the relevant standard, you have 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 the button above for a list of PrimeSafe accredited builders of refrigeration units for meat and seafood transport vehicles.
MTV vehicle inspections at renewal time
Unless your vehicle has been inspected since 1 September of the previous year, the vehicle must be inspected to ensure continued compliance with the construction requirements of the relevant standard.
You can present your vehicle for an inspection using one of the options below:
- PrimeSafe inspection points (Location details and a timetable will be attached to your renewal application);
- Third party auditor (An inspection fee may apply). Click here for a list of third party auditors; or
- PrimeSafe office.
You must present records maintained in a PrimeSafe food safety program booklet or an alternate food safety program for review at the time of inspection.
PrimeSafe does not need to review records that are maintained within the food safety program of a PrimeSafe licensed facility at the time of inspection. However, written advice must be presented confirming that the vehicle operates under a quality assurance arrangement at that facility.
An inspection of your vehicle will not be conducted unless food safety program records or written advice confirming that the vehicle operates under a quality assurance arrangement at a PrimeSafe licensed facility is presented at the time of inspection.
Businesses that operate a fleet have the option to present 10 per cent of their meat transport vehicles for inspection when renewing the meat transport vehicle licences. A minimum of 5 meat transport vehicles must be presented for inspection. Where a meat transport vehicle does not comply with the construction requirements of the relevant standard, all vehicles in the fleet must be presented for an inspection.
Note: New meat transport vehicles can not be included in the minimum amount of vehicles presented for an inspection. New vehicle applications must always be inspected.
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
- 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.