Australian Food Safety Legal Requirements
This Food Safety Supervisor online course delivers an extensive understanding of this role – in many varying workplaces. Created to meet Australian food safety legal requirements nation-wide, and provide a most comprehensive understanding of Food Safety in the workplace.
Owners of registered food businesses must ensure those who handle food within their business handle foods safely. To ensure this happens, the owner must nominate a Food Safety Supervisor, who has the responsibility of recognising, preventing and alleviating the hazards associated with food handling in your workplace.
For Food Handlers
If you are intending to work within a food business, it is critically important that you are able to demonstrate competency in safe food handling or food safety supervision. Food Safety Australia courses are designed to help you meet and demonstrate competency in safe food handling or supervision of a food business.
If you already work in a food business, Food Safety Australia courses will assist you to demonstrate your competency, through the provision of a nationally recognised accreditation following successful completion of the training requirements.
For Self-employed Business Owners
If you are the owner of a business handling food, you will have obligations to meet the standards of the Australian Food Safety Code.
In addition to your food safety activities, you will usually need to have at least one competent Food Safety Supervisor on site at all relevant times who has the responsibility of recognising, preventing and alleviating the hazards associated with food handling in your workplace. Food Safety Australia specialises in providing the right training and assessment to meet your needs.
If you are the owner of a food business in NSW, the NSW Food Authority has a requirement for a certificate to be issued in the NSW Food Authority format. Food Safety Australia is an approved training organisation by the NSW Food Authority and will issue the NSW Food Authority Food Safety Supervisor certificate upon successful completion of the training requirements.
For Companies & Organisation Managers
We understand that managing food businesses, with multiple staff, operating for extended hours and across jurisdictions, can be complicated. Food safety competencies delivered and assessed by Food Safety Australia may be purchased centrally and assist you to ensure that a competent Food Safety Supervisor is available on every shift and at every location. Our shopping cart allows you to purchase multiple courses in one easy transaction.
State and Industry Requirements
The NSW Food Authority has a requirement for a certificate to be issued in the New South Wales Food Authority format.
Each appointed Food Safety Supervisor needs to be trained in specific nationally recognised units of competency as determined by the Food Authority, as well as the Food Authority’s own 3 key focus areas:
1. Safe egg handling
2. Allergen management
3. Cleaning and sanitising practices
The Food Safety Supervisor certificate is issued by ‘an approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO)’ in addition to the Statement of Attainment after successful completion of the training requirements.
The Food Safety Supervisor certificate is valid for five years from the date of issue.
As a matter of public health safety, State, Territory and local authorities are responsible for ensuring food businesses are compliant with all food hygiene requirements in Australia. Food Safety Australia have been offering courses to meet your compliance evidence requirements for more than 12 years. In the footer of our website pages, you will also find Useful Links to all Australian State, Territory and local authority Health Department websites so you can determine what rules apply to you in your area.
Each module of the food safety supervisor course will help you to achieve one of the required elements of competence.
You will be provided with a series of presentations and quizzes. Make sure you are completely comfortable with the presentation content before attempting the quiz, you may view them as many times as you feel necessary. You are required to achieve a grade of 100% for each of the seven quizzes in this course and you are allowed up to three attempts for each quiz.
We also provide a PDF of student notes, which you can print out for ready reference whilst completing the course.
As well as completing the on-line quizzes satisfactorily, you will also complete and return a Workplace Observation. It is a requirement that you are able to demonstrate the application of the skills you have gained from the on-line course in a practical way in a commercial kitchen.
The Workplace Observation can be made by anyone you are working alongside providing they are in the position to make valid observations of your performance. The observer should meet the following requirements:
1. Have 2 years or more experience in a food handling environment in a supervisory role AND either
a) A current Australian Food Safety certificate (eg. Food Handlers Certificate or Food Safety Supervisor)
b) A qualification that meets the requirements of Food Handling safety (eg. Commercial Cookery or hospitality qualification or relevant higher education qualification
2. Be prepared to observe your activity in the workplace
3. Be prepared to be contacted by a Food Safety Australia assessor to confirm the Observer information provided.
If you are not currently working within the industry and do not have immediate access to an operational commercial kitchen, here are a few options:
- If you have worked in the food industry before, then you can have a past manager or co-worker complete the form based on past observations (no more than 12 months ago)
- If you have a friend or family member employed in the food industry, they can also make observations
- You can also speak to your local council and ask for a list of food-based charities that you can volunteer for. Many of these organisations deal with food and many of the regular volunteers are able to sign off on your observation report
The practical activity is a brief knowledge based assignment, where you demonstrate the application of your learning to a workplace situation. Food Safety Australia is able to structure this activity, to suit participants not yet employed in a working food environment.