Role of enforcement agencies for food businesses in Western Australia

The production and sale of food in Western Australia (WA) is governed by the:

Food businesses must comply with legislation requirements.

The Department of Health (the Department) and local governments are the appropriate enforcement agencies for various food businesses within WA.

Department of Health

Under the Regulations the Chief Executive Officer of the Department is the enforcement agency for the following food businesses:

  • public hospitals where food is prepared for patients in the hospital
  • dairy (primary production, processing, and transportation)
  • primary production and processing of bivalve molluscs
  • food businesses not within a district (Kings Park and Rottnest, WA Athletic Stadium and the WA Basketball Centre).

Local government

Local government authorities are responsible for the administration of the Act, the Regulations and the Code and are the enforcement agencies for the majority of food businesses within their districts.

More information

If you are planning to start a food business contact an environmental health officer at the local government where your food business will be located.

A directory of local government contact details is available from the Department of Local Government and Communities (external site).

For more information phone the Food Unit on 9222 2000.

Alternatively you can fill out a Food Unit query form and return it to

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