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Food Safety Supervisor Requirements

Page content: Overview | What is a food safety supervisor? | Step 1. Choosing the right food safety supervisor for your business | Step 2: Knowing the food sector that your business belongs to | Step 3: Helping your food safety supervisor obtain a Statement of Attainment for their food safety skills and knowledge | Step 4. How much training is required? | Step 5: Finding the right training course for your food safety supervisor | Frequently asked questions | Get help from Business Victoria

Overview

All food business owners in Victoria must ensure their staff members have the skills and knowledge required to safely handle food in their roles. Many food businesses will need to nominate a food safety supervisor to make sure of this.

Local councils classify all food businesses within their municipal districts depending upon the risk involved in each business’s food handling activities. The classification system applies different requirements to food premises based upon the risk of their food activities.

Most class 1 and class 2 food premises require a food safety supervisor. The exceptions are:

Because local council classifies every food business on a case-by-case basis, different businesses with the same owner, or different premises belonging to the same franchise or chain, may be classed differently depending upon the highest risk activity undertaken at each premises. While one business, franchise or chain may need a food safety supervisor, another may not. Local council will advise each individual business premises of its class and food safety supervisor requirements.

What is a food safety supervisor?

A food safety supervisor is someone who:

The following section provides a step-by-step guide to whether your business needs a food safety supervisor, and if so, how to ensure they meet your businesses requirements. Your local council determines the class of your food safety business which in turn determines your food safety supervisor needs. This fact sheet also provides information about food safety supervisor requirements and training.

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Class 3 and class 4 food premises do not need a food safety supervisor. They must however ensure that staff members have the skills and knowledge they need to safely handle food in their work roles.

All premises (businesses and community groups) that sell food are legally required to ensure that it is safe for human consumption, regardless of the premises food safety supervisor requirements.

Step 1. Choosing the right food safety supervisor for your business

It is important to choose your food safety supervisor carefully. Your food safety supervisor can be the owner, an employee or a person external to the business, providing they are able meet the requirements of a food safety supervisor prescribed in the Food Act.

Your businesses food safety supervisor is someone who:

It is important to choose someone who can do all of the things listed above.

You should ensure that your food safety supervisor has everything they need to perform the role at your business. This could mean that:

The food safety supervisor doesn't have to be on the premises at all times. However they must be able to know how food is being handled when they are not on the premises. Similarly, this applies to businesses that operate across a number of shifts, or when a person from outside the business is the food safety supervisor.

Step 2: Knowing the food sector that your business belongs to

The food sector your business falls into will guide which training courses or course units your food safety supervisor needs to complete. This is because training requirements need to match your business type to ensure that the training is relevant to your business.

Check Table 1 below. Then contact the health unit at your local council to confirm which food sector your business falls into and the training your food safety supervisor needs to complete.

Table 1 Food sectors and minimum competency standards

Food Sector Minimum competency standard
Food Processing
Businesses such as food product manufacturers including flour mills, canneries, packers, bakers, breweries and wineries.

FDFFS2001A ‘Implement the food safety program and procedures’

Previous course code:
FDFCORFSY2A ‘Implement the food safety program and procedures’

Retail
Businesses such as supermarkets, convenience stores, grocers, and delicatessens.
SIRRFSA001A 'Apply retail food safety practices'
OR
Use both units from the Hospitality
Sector below
Take away and fast food businesses can be considered either retail or hospitality food businesses.
Previous course code:
WRRLP6C 'Apply retail food safety practices'

Hospitality
Businesses such as restaurants, cafes and hotels.

Take away and fast food businesses can be considered either retail or hospitality food businesses.

SITXFSA101 ‘Use hygienic practices for food safety’
SITXFSA201
‘Participate in safe food handling’
OR
Use unit from the Retail Sector above
Previous course codes:
SITXOHS002A 'Follow workplace hygiene
procedures'
SITXFSA001A 'Implement food safety procedures'
OR
THHGHS01B 'Follow workplace hygiene procedures'
THHBCC11B 'Implement food safety procedures'

Health
Businesses such as hospitals.

HLTFS207C 'Follow basic food safety practices'
HLTFS310C 'Apply and monitor food safety
requirements'
HLTFS309C 'Oversee the day-to-day
implementation of food safety in the workplace'

or

HLTFS207B 'Follow basic food safety practices'
HLTFS310B 'Apply and monitor food safety
requirements'
HLTFS309B 'Oversee the day-to-day
implementation of food safety in the workplace'

Previous course codes:
HLTFS7A 'Follow basic food safety practices'
HLTFS10A 'Apply and monitor food safety
requirements'
HLTFS9A 'Oversee the day-to-day
implementation of food safety in the workplace'

Community Services
Businesses such as childcare centres, nursing homes, hostels, and Meals on Wheels services.
Use all three units from the Health sector above.
Transport and Distribution
Businesses such as warehouses.
Use relevant units from other sectors.

Step 3: Helping your food safety supervisor obtain a Statement of Attainment for their food safety skills and knowledge

A food safety supervisor can obtain a Statement of Attainment in two ways:

  1. attend a training course -this may be classroom or workplace based, computer based or a combination;
  2. have previously completed training and/or work experience recognised against the required competency standard by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Some competencies are transferable from one sector to the other. For example, a competency acquired in the Hospitality sector is transferable to the Retail sector and vice versa.

Training courses and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are organised through a RTO.

Step 4. How much training is required?

The minimum competency standards for a food safety supervisor are listed in Table 1 above (see Step 3). These competencies depend upon the type of food business the food safety supervisor is supervising. There is no Victorian requirement for a food safety supervisor to undertake training beyond the minimum competencies listed in Table 1, however there may be industry or organisation based standards in addition to the Victorian Food Act requirements.

Step 5: Finding the right training course for your food safety supervisor

To find the right course for your food safety supervisor you need to:

Many RTOs in Victoria offer food safety training at different times to suit business needs. Some food safety training is also offered in languages other than English.

Search for training courses online:

Search for a RTO by:

Or clicking on the links in the following table to the National Training Register:

Food Sector Link
Food Processing Training Packages (FDF10) Food Processing Industry
Retail Training Package (SIR07) Retail Services
Hospitality Training Packages (SIT12) Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Health Training Packages (HLT07) Health
Community Services Training Packages (HLT07) Health
Transport and Distribution Use relevant links from other sectors.

Other useful links are:

For more information:

Frequently asked questions

View a list of Food Safety Supervisor - Frequently Asked Questions.

Get help from Business Victoria

Access a range of online tools and information to help you start up and run your food business. Begin with Step-By-Step: Starting a Food Business, an interactive guide, and register for a free Business Victoria account, available on the Business Victoria website.

For more details go to the Business Victoria website or call the Victorian Business Line 13 22 15.