Health
textual image stating 'Department of Health, Victoria, Australia'

Food safety program templates

Page content: Registered templates | The Class 2 food business template | FoodSmart | Community group temporary and mobile food premises template - class 2 | Template development kit

Almost all businesses that handle or sell food to the public must register as a food business with their local councils.

Class 1 and Class 2 food premises are also required to maintain a food safety program appropriate to their food business activities and keep it onsite.

Food safety program templates are an easy way for food premises to write a food safety program. A food safety program template is a simple document that describes the steps required to ensure that food that is sold is safe to eat. A template may be designed for use by different types of businesses, or it could be designed specially for a particular type of business.

Using a registered template may be cheaper, quicker and simpler for a business than employing someone to write an independent food safety program.

Registered templates

A number of registered food safety program templates have been developed by different organisations for use by a range of food businesses. Depending upon the template designer, these templates may be available to the public, to members, or to franchises.

For more information about templates registered with the Department of Health, see:   Department of Health registered Food Safety Program Templates .

The Class 2 food business template

Food safety program template for Class 2 retail and food service businesses no.1, version 3

The Department of Health has developed an easy-to-use simplified food safety program template for class 2 premises. The new Food safety program template for class 2 retail and food service businesses No.1 version 3 is now available. This template includes important new features, including:

This template is suitable for a range of class 2 premises, including cafes and restaurants. A business with multiple associated class 2 food premises can also use it for all their class 2 activities. For example:

  Food safety program template for class 2 retail and food service businesses, no. 1, version 3 - June-2014

  Food safety program template for class 2 retail and food service businesses, no. 1, version 3: Supplementary practices section - June-2014

  Food safety program template for class 2 retail and food service businesses, no. 1, version 3: Template records - June-2014

  Food safety program template for class 2 retail and food service businesses, no. 1, version 3: Template records - June-2014 PRINT FRIENDLY

  Food safety program template for class 2 retail and food service businesses, no. 1, version 3: Template records - June-2014 WORD FORMAT
This template will be available translated into Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese in late 2014.

Food safety program template for Class 2 retail and food service businesses no.1, version 2

Businesses operating existing class 2 food premises may already be using the departments food safety program template for class 2 retail and food service businesses, no.1 version 2. If you are currently using this version, and wish to continue using it for the time being, replacement pages can be downloaded below.

Food safety program template for class 2 retail and food service businesses no.1, version 2 - pages 1-6 April 2010 (1.7MB, pdf)

Food safety program template for class 2 retail and food service businesses no.1, version 2 - pages 7-30 April 2010 (3.3MB, pdf)

Food safety program template for class 2 retail and food service businesses no.1, version 2 - pages 31-52 April 2010 (2.5MB, pdf)

Food safety program template records for class 2 retail and food service businesses, no.1, version 2 - April 2010 (846kb, pdf)

Food safety program template records for class 2 retail and food service businesses, no.1, version 2 - April 2010 (2.5MB, MS Word)

Food safety program template - Supplementary practices section for class 2 retail and food service businesses, no.1, version 2 - April 2010 (1.7MB, pdf) (Safe Water and Food, Sushi, Chinese-style Roast Meats)

FoodSmart

The food safety program template for Class 2 retail and food service businesses No.1 version 2 is available on FoodSmart, a Victorian government website designed to help retail and food service businesses develop their food safety programs. FoodSmart is a food safety program template for class 2 food premises which is free of charge, and which will guide you through the creation of your food safety program.

For more information see FoodSmart.

Community group temporary and mobile food premises template - class 2

The Community group temporary and mobile food premises template – class 2 can be used to create a food safety program only if all of the three following requirements apply;

  1. a community group is selling the food;
  2. the group is operating a temporary food premises or a mobile food premises; and
  3. the council has advised that the premises falls within class 2
A good example is a group using a community hall for an event at which food is sold, a stall or tent at a fete, or selling food from a van or trailer.

Community groups can choose to use FoodSmart to develop their food safety program, or the Community group temporary and mobile food premises template – class 2 if they meet the criteria above.

  Community group temporary and mobile food premises - Class 2

See In Your Language for translations in Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Community group fundraising activities of one or two days still do not require a food safety supervisor.

Template development kit

Templates are commissioned and developed by qualified bodies and undergo a rigorous assessment process before being declared a registered template by the Department of Health.

In consultation with industry and regulators, the Department of Health has produced 'Developing a Food Safety Program Template', a kit to assist prospective template developers in preparing templates for registration by the department.

Download a copy of the kit here:

  Developing a Class 2 Food Safety Program Template, Version 2 (April 2011)

If you are considering designing a food safety program template to register with the Department of Health, you will need to ensure that the template is appropriate for the class of food premises at which it is used.

Please contact the department’s Food Safety Unit for advice at foodsafety@health.vic.gov.au