Food safety program templates
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.
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: List of DH registered Food Safety Program templates updated August 2013.
Food safety program template for Class 2 retail and food service businesses no.1, version 2
The Department of Health has developed an easy-to-use simplified food safety program template for Class 2 premises. It covers a range of important food safety processes, such as time control, off-premises activities and allergens.
For more information see FoodSmart.The Food safety program template for Class 2 retail and food service businesses No.1 version 2 hard copy in a durable folder is available from the Information Victoria bookshop. You can purchase this online at http://www.bookshop.vic.gov.au, or from the bookshop at Level 20, 80 Collins Street, Melbourne (Tel 1300 366 356)
Class 2 premises that choose to use this template can download it:
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)
- See In Your Language for translations in Arabic, Chinese, Dari and Vietnamese.
Community group fundraising activities of one or two days still do not require a food safety supervisor.
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;
- a community group is selling the food;
- the group is operating a temporary food premises or a mobile food premises; and
- the council has advised that the premises falls within class 2
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org