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Less paper work means more food near you sooner?

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New food business licence applications go online Applicants for new food business licences in the Gladstone Region now have a simpler process to follow to meet their obligation under the Food Act 2006. They can go to Council’s Online Services portal at www.online.gladstone.qld.gov.au and just click on the Licensing icon to apply. Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said this continued Council’s move to streamline processes, making it faster for applicants to get their businesses underway. “For any licensable food businesses, applicants can now complete the online form and pay a lodgement fee,” Councillor Burnett said. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Chris Trevor said temporary food stall licence applicants now apply for only one online assessment and, if successful, an annual licence will be issued for the financial year. “Once their application complies with the Food Act 2006 and the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code and the invoice is paid, they will receive an annual licence,” Cr Trevor said. Fees for temporary food stalls have also been significantly reduced to one charge of $200 to be prorated. There have been no changes to the process for ownership transfer, amendments to structural design or change of specific operations of a food business. Current licence holders wanting to apply for any of these will have to visit the forms section on Council’s website or contact a Council officer to obtain the form. Charges for these amendments remain the same

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