I am an Australian Cake Decorator, interested in starting a bit of a part time home business making cakes for friends. Can anyone provide me with any assistance finding out about legislation and requirements to run a cake business from home in Australia?
Which state are you in?
The best bet is to contact your council they can give you their requirements to work legally for hygiene purposes and also check your home for zoning to ensure that you can operate from there.
How many cakes would you do in a week? I would like to do the same but would need to make around $300 and that's a lot of cake!!
At the moment I am only intending to do one or less a week, and run at a minor loss or profit. Really just to sponsor my hobby. But I would always have a view to scale up the operation if for example I ever lost my day job, felt like a change, or chose to have children.
You need to contact your local council. They will tell you the specific requirements for registering your kitchen with them.
If you haven't already, you can register your business name online at the consumer affairs website, and you will need and ABN and to register for GST through the Australian Taxation Office.
There's a little bit of study required, nothing major, and some paper work, but unless you council is really difficult it's not a complex matter.
oh Fran but it is in NSW ..... NSW have to comply with a National Standard as well as local council as well as the NSW FOOD AUTHORITY.
The national standard basically requires you to have a commercial quality kitchen in your home.
I am in NSW and can fill you in on my progress so far... just send me a pm.
Would this apply to South Australia as well?
I'm interested as well but I pretty much only want to do 1 or maybe 2 cakes a month as I have a young family
My apologies Allyson,
I should have read that you are in NSW, and referred you to Karen for advice. She has been working on this for a while now, and would have much more info than I do.
I still think the first port of call has to be your council though. Even here in Melbourne the requirement vary greatly.
Good luck with it.
your so lucky fran.... I want your council...