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 especially 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 & Human Services, see: Department of Health & Human Services registered Food Safety Program Templates.
Food safety program template for Class 2 retail and food service businesses no.1, version 3
The Department of Health & Human Services 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:
- shorter simpler records
- enhanced instructions about how to handle food safely
- updated information on allergies and labelling
- instructions about handling raw eggs and raw egg products
- up to date information for food vans and stalls.
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:
- a restaurant that also provides off site catering, or
- a business that prepares food at a permanent site and sells it from a stall at markets.
SAI Global is now selling the Food safety program template No.1 version 3 in hard copy. Please note the electronic version (PDF) of the DH FSP No.1 version 3 remains free to download and print for individual use.
Purchase from SAI Global can be completed the following ways;
- Phone: 13 12 42
- Shop front at Unit 3, 18 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
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 - 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.
For more information see FoodSmart.
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.
Community group fundraising activities of one or two days still do not require a food safety supervisor.
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 & Human Services.
In consultation with industry and regulators, the Department of Health & Human Services 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 & Human Services, 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