The Food Act 2008 (the Act) is the principle piece of legislation regulating the sale of food in Western Australia and provides food safety regulation over the entire food supply chain; a paddock to plate approach. This represents a significant shift in the direction of food regulation and management within WA.

The Food Act 2008
Food Regulations 2009
Department of Health WA
WA Food Standards Code

One of the critical changes is the requirement to register/notify every food business or community group or charity that provides food to the public. Once received, the Notification/Registration will be assessed by The Shire and a Certificate of Notification or Registration will be issued.

A private function, in the context of the Food Act and Australian New Zealand Food Standards, typically refers to an event or gathering where food is prepared and served to a limited, specific group of people, and it does not involve the general public. These events are often considered non-commercial and may include activities such as family gatherings, private celebrations, or functions within a closed community.

In many jurisdictions, including Western Australia, certain exemptions or regulations may apply to private functions that do not require a Temporary Food Permit under the Food Act. However, the specifics can vary, and it's important to consult the local regulations and health authorities for precise information. In some cases, there might be conditions or criteria that need to be met to qualify as a private function exempt from certain permits.

Temporary Food Licence:

For a one-off fundraising event by a not-for-profit incorporated group that doesn't involve selling food or charging an attendance fee, no temporary food license is needed. If the event provides food without selling it or charging a fee, no food license is required. However, if the event involves selling food, charging a fee, or using food not prepared by a registered business, a food license is needed. If a registered food business is preparing food onsite, they need a temporary food stall license.


Notification/Registration Form – Shire of Narrogin

Temporary Food Stall Application

Temporary Food Business Guidelines

FREE ONLINE fOOD SAFETY TRAINING - FoodSafe         Description of image

The Shire has available to all food businesses, community groups and charities a FREE online training course for Food Safety.  The training course includes a certificate you can generate as proof of completion. 

To access this please visit the FoodSafe website. Add the product to the cart and enter "FSNARRO368" to apply the free code (normally $35).

You can preview the course with the video below.


Trading other than at your registered premises requires approval for a Temporary Food Stall.

Preparing food for sale in residential premises requires the approval of The Shire. The use of approved kitchens is desirable. Compliance with the food standards code is required – see the link above.

Food Vehicles require registration/notification and a Traders Permit


Trade waste, or industrial waste, is any wastewater discharged from your business other than waste from office facilities or staff amenities.

If you're disposing waste to the wastewater system, you need to ensure you have a trade waste permit because not all wastes are suitable for our system.

If the wrong waste goes down the system, it could cause serious harm to public health and the environment.

On 1 July 2016, Water Corporation implemented changes to the management of non-compliant customers in the retail food industry.

Click Here to find out what this means for you.


If you suspect that something you have eaten has made you ill or has been contaminated, contact The Shire of Narrogin so that our officers can investigate the incident. If you have a sample of the food, keep it wrapped and frozen so it may be tested.

The Environmental Health Officer will need to know when and where you may have consumed contaminated food and the details of the food eaten. If anyone has become ill, it is often helpful to know what their symptoms are and when the illness started.

You are advised to seek medical treatment if the symptoms are severe or if the person who has food poisoning is young, old or immunocompromised.

In the event of a food contamination complaint, we request you Report A Problem.


Potentially Hazardous Food – means food that is capable of supporting rapid growth of infectious or toxigenic micro-organisms (eg; meat, poultry, seafood, cooked rice, egg or dairy based products).

Sale or provision of Potentially Hazardous Foods - which are pre-cooked (i.e.; not at the stall) is not permitted unless authorised.

Transport of food – keep food protected at all times. Potentially hazardous foods must be kept either below 5° C or above 60°C - use insulated containers.

Cross Contamination – means transferring infectious or toxigenic micro-organisms from raw product to ready to eat product or from a person to food.

Potable water / ice – ‘drinking water’- water that has been treated to eliminate contamination (normal scheme water/bottled water).