Australia’s restaurants are among the best in the world. Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) is dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality and professionalism of the industry, as well as promoting the industry to the public.

R&CA manage several accreditation programs that provide a quality benchmark for the industry.

The accreditation programs R&CA manage for the industry cover a range of relevant categories which assist businesses to highlight their integrity and best practices to the general public.

Gold Licence Caterers Accreditation

The Gold Licence Accreditation scheme is a symbol of quality that members of the public can trust when hiring a caterer. The Gold Licence recognises caterers who achieve satisfactory food safety, professionalism and work standards within in their businesses. The Gold Licence logo and a businesses Gold Licence Number can be used on all promotional material signalling to prospective clients that the business has met the requirements of the Gold Licence Accreditation Council.

Top 5 reasons to obtain a Gold Licence:

1. Is a prerequisite for most government tenders.

2. Helps ensure your business has a current and workable Food Safety Plan

3. Differentiate yourself from your competitors who do not hold a Gold Licence.

4. Provides a marketing tool to promote your business.

5. Ensures you have current and adequate insurance insurance coverage.


Find out more here.

Apply for the Gold Licence Accreditation here.

Gold Licence terms and conditions are available here.

Find a list of all current Gold Licence Accredited Caterers here.

Gold Licence Testimonials

“Compass Group require Restaurant & Catering Industry Association to process and issue Gold Licence Certificates to nominated Clients on a monthly basis.

Since Stan Tartakovski, Administrative Assistant has been assigned as our account contact, the process has been streamlined to ensure Certificates are issued promptly and efficiently each month.  The extra step of providing a soft copy of the Certificate to Compass has ensured follow-up by internal stakeholders can be responded to promptly.” – Compass Group, 2019.

“I’d like to thank the team at Restaurants and Catering Industry Association for making the process of applying for a catering Gold Licence accessible to small businesses. The team were so willing to answer our questions and guide us through the requirements for submitting our application for the Gold Licence.”

We believe that having this accreditation will demonstrate to consumers that our processes and the standard of our food is of an exceptional quality and will create more opportunities for our catering business.

Thanks again to Stan and the team.”  Penny Lane Catering, 2019.

R&CA Green Table Environmental Accrediation

Green Table Australia Environmental Sustainability Accreditation

Green Table Australia is an education and certification program that supports and recognises Australian restaurants, cafes and catering businesses that are doing what they can to reduce their impact on the environment and commit to and utilise environmentally sustainable products and practices. Conservation of water and energy, waste management and reduction of CO2 emissions initiatives are at the core of the program.

Find out more here.

Apply for the Green Table Accreditation here.

Benchmarking Program

The Benchmarking Program assists restaurant, café and catering businesses with a fresh eyes approach, review of their business processes, practice and delivery standards. These elements are benchmarked against industry best practice.

The program is designed to provide businesses with a tailored and useful continuous improvement tool that will provide unbiased insights in to the total dining experience their business delivers.

The program includes a comprehensive written report (statistical graphs and up to 1,000 words reviewing the total dining experience in detail and suggestions for improvement) that can be utilised to support and provide continuous improvement strategies and best practice standards.

Apply for the program here.