Food Safety and Licensing
Council's Environmental Health Officers are authorised officers for the purposes of the Food Act 2006 and are responsible for the monitoring, inspection and licensing (where applicable) of all food business activities to ensure they comply with the Food Safety Standards.
All licensed food businesses (excluding Short Term Food Stalls and Domestic Water Carriers) within the Fraser Coast Region will be issued with an Eat Safe star rating based on an Eat Safe Audit undertaken by Council.
For view more information about Eat Safe star ratings.
Every licensed food business is required to have a food safety supervisor (PDF).
New food businesses are required to notify Council within 30 days of the issue of their licence.
A food safety supervisor is required to take a lead role in supervising food safety in the licensed food business. Apart from holding the required competencies, they must:
- have the ability to supervise food handling practices in the food business
- be reasonably available at all times the food business is operating
- have the authority to supervise and give instructions to food handlers
A food safety supervisor must have a statement of attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation or have demonstrated to an RTO that they have the prior skills, experience or training to meet these competencies.
If you coordinating or participating in one of the region's temporary entertainment events; familiarise yourself with the Food Vendor Licensing and Public Health Guideline for Events.
Under the Food Act 2006, prescribed food businesses are required to hold an accredited Food Safety Program to ensure food safety risks are effectively identified and controlled for the production of safe and suitable food.
Generally prescribed food businesses requiring an accredited Food Safety Program are those preparing and/or serving potentially hazardous food to vulnerable population groups (i.e. children under the age of 6, the elderly, immunocompromised persons etc.). And those providing on-site and/or off-site catering under the Food Act 2006.
The Food Regulation 2016 prescribes the following food businesses as businesses requiring an accredited Food Safety Program under the Act:
- Aged care facilities
- Childcare facilities
- Private hospitals
- Delivered meals organisations catering for vulnerable population groups
- Caterers (as defined under the Act)
Further information on whether or not your food business requires an accredited Food Safety Program is available here.
To apply for an accredited Food Safety Program, please complete the Application for accreditation or amendment of a food safety program form and submit all supporting documentation with this completed application to Council for assessment.
Information on how to engage an approved Food Safety Program Auditor is available here