Sale of Food Act 1950

No. 1 of 1950

Compilation No. 2

Compilation date:   13 August 2019

Includes amendments up to: Norfolk Island Continued Laws Ordinance 2015 (No. 2, 2015) as amended up to Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment (Fees and Other Matters) Ordinance 2019 (F2019L01048)







 1. Short title

 2. Definitions

 3. Unlicensed persons not to carry on any business

 4. Applications for licences

 5. Licences

 6. Business premises

 7. Precautions during serving of food

 8. Power of inspection

 9. Penalties

 10. Regulations






Sale of Food Act 1950


An Act relating to the sale of food.


 1. This Act may be cited as the Sale of Food Act 1950.

 2. In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears —

“eating house” means a cafe, restaurant, cafeteria, boarding-house, residential hotel or other premises in which meals are served for gain or reward;

“firm” means any 2 or more persons lawfully associated for the purpose of carrying on any business;

“food” includes every article or substance which is used for food or drink by man, or which enters into or is used in the composition or preparation of any such article or substance, and includes infant food, flavouring matters, coloring matters, essences, condiments, spices and confectionery;

“licence” means a licence issued under this Act;

“place” includes any house, building, vehicle, car, shed, land or premises;

“premises” includes all buildings and structures, and lands within the curtilage of the premises, and any vehicle used in connection with any business carried on at the premises.

 3. (1) After the expiration of 30 days from the commencement of this Act, a firm or person shall not carry on any business for the sale of food unless the firm or person holds a licence.

  (2) This section shall not apply to a business of the sale of the produce of land by the owner or occupier of the land or by any person employed by him.

 4. An application for a licence or for the renewal of a licence —

(a) shall be made in writing to the Chief Executive Officer;

(b) shall be in accordance with Form A in the Schedule; and

(c) shall be accompanied by the approved fee.

 5. (1) The Chief Executive Officer or a person thereto authorised in writing by the Chief Executive Officer may grant or renew a licence.

  (2) The Chief Executive Officer or other person dealing with an application for the grant or renewal of a licence may refuse to grant the application if he has reason to believe that the provisions of this Act or of the regulations will not be complied with by the applicant.

  (3) A licence shall be in accordance with Form B in the Schedule and shall remain in force until 31 December of the year in which the licence is issued.

  (4) The approved fees are payable in relation to the grant and renewal of licences under this Act.

 6. The holder of a licence or a person who conducts a tourist accommodation house which is registered under the Tourist Accommodation Act 1984 shall cause any premises or place under his control where food is manufactured, prepared, packed, kept or served to comply with the following conditions:

(a) the premises or place shall at all times be maintained in a clean, serviceable and sanitary condition and free from rats, mice, cockroaches, flies and other vermin or insects;

(b) the premises shall be adequate in size and properly enclosed, floored and ceilinged;

(c) an adequate supply of clean water and wash basins freely accessible to all persons employed on the premises and an adequate supply of soap and clean towels shall be provided;

(d) every yard, shed, outbuilding or stable appurtenant to the premises, and the part of any lane or street contiguous to the premises, shall be kept clean and free from packing cases, lumber, garbage, rubbish, offensive material and manure and all material essential to the business shall be kept so packed or stacked as to prevent harbourage for rats or other vermin; and

(e) adequate sanitary conveniences shall be provided and shall not be situated in or adjacent to any room or area where food is manufactured, prepared, packed, kept or served.

 7. (1) A person who packs or serves food for sale shall exercise care to avoid unnecessary human contact with the food during the packing or serving, and for that purpose shall not —

(a) serve biscuits, unwrapped sweets or any sticky substance with the fingers but shall use a scoop or other clean implement for the purpose;

(b) serve bacon, ham, smallgoods or cooked meat with the fingers, but shall use a fork or other clean implement for the purpose;

(c) permit any other person to handle any such food with the fingers; or

(d) smoke, chew or spit while at work in packing or serving.

  (2) The holder of a licence shall conspicuously display a copy of this section in every place of business where he sells food or offers food for retail sale.

 8. (1) The Chief Executive Officer may appoint a person to be an inspector for the purposes of this Act.

  (2) The inspector may enter and inspect an eating house or any premises which are being used, or which he has reasonable grounds for believing are being or are to be used, for the making, manufacturing, sale, storage, delivery, conveyance or preparation for sale of any food.

  (3) A person shall not refuse to permit the inspector to enter premises in accordance with this section.

 9. (1) A person shall not contravene or fail to comply with any provision of this Act or the regulations.

Penalty: 5 penalty units.

  (2) Where the holder of a licence is convicted of an offence against any provision of this Act or the regulations, the Court may, in addition to any penalty imposed in pursuance of this Act direct that the licence held by that person be cancelled and the licence shall thereupon cease to be in force.

 10. (1) The Administrator may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

  (2) Without limiting the generality of subsection 10(1), the regulations may make provision for or in relation to —

(a) the maintenance of eating houses, and of utensils and other equipment used in eating houses, in a clean and sanitary condition;

(b) the cleanliness of persons in or employed in eating houses;

(c) the storage of food for use in eating houses;

(d) the serving and unwholesome or contaminated food in eating houses; and

(e) measures to prevent the spread of infection or disease in eating houses.


Sale of Food Ordinance 1950

I,                                , trading under the firm name or style of                               (1) and carrying on/being desirous  of carrying on(1) the business of                                          at                                hereby apply for a licence to carry on business for the sale of food.

Dated this             day of                      20  .


(1) Strike out if inapplicable




Sale of Food Act 1950

                          of                        is hereby licensed to carry on a business at                     for the sale of food until 31 December 20  .

Dated this             day of                       20  .

 A person authorised by the Chief Executive Officer to grant licences


The Sale of Food Act 1950 as shown in this consolidation comprises Act No. 1 of 1950 and amendments as indicated in the Tables below.


Number and year

Date of commencement

Application saving or transitional provision





Sale of Food Act 1950

1, 1950







Sale of Food Act 1954

5, 1954







Amendments Incorporation Act 1963

2, 1963







Sale of Food Act 1969

9, 1969







Fees Act 1976

3, 1976







Ordinances Citation Act 1976

11, 1976







Ordinances Revision Act 1979

13, 1979







Ordinances Revision (Executive Members) Act 1980

8, 1980







Statute Law Revision (Penalties and Fees) Act 1984

9, 1985







Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 1) Act 1986

14, 1986







Statutes Amendment (Fees) Act 1999

10, 1999







Statutes Amendment (Fees) (No. 2) Act 1999

17, 1999



[previously consolidated as at 4 July 2002]





Interpretation (Amendment) Act 2012

[to substitute throughout —Commonwealth Minister for Minister; and to substitute Minister for executive member]

14, 2012








Application, saving and transitional provisions

Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment Ordinance 2015
(No. 2, 2015)
(now cited as Norfolk Island Continued Laws  Ordinance 2015 (see F2015L01491))

17 June 2015 (F2015L00835)

18 June 2015 (s 2(1) item 1)

Sch 1 (items 344, 345, 382–396)

as amended by




Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment (Statutory Appointments and Other Matters) Ordinance 2018

28 Sept 2018 (F2018L01378)

Sch 1 (item 50): 29 Sept 2018 (s 2(1) item 1)

Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment (Fees and Other Matters) Ordinance 2019

12 Aug 2019 (F2019L01048)

Sch 1 (items 80, 81): 13 Aug 2019 (s 2(1) item 1)



ad = added or inserted

am = amended

rep = repealed

rs = repealed and substituted

Provisions affected

How affected



2, 1963; 9, 1969; 3, 1976; 11, 1976



9, 1969; 11, 1976; 14, 1986



8, 1980; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2018L01378 and F2019L01048)



5, 1954; 9, 1969; 3, 1976; 8, 1980; 9, 1985; 10, 1999; 17, 1999; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2018L01378 and F2019L01048)



9, 1969; 14, 1986



9, 1969; 8, 1980; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2018L01378 and F2019L01048)



9, 1969; 9, 1985



9, 1969



13, 1979



8, 1980; Ord No 2, 2015 (as am by F2018L01378)