The Official AIFS

Food Safety Supervisor Course

Meet your legal requirements and protect your customers with the course recognised by Health Inspectors across Australia.
By law, most Australian food businesses must employ at least one Food Safety Supervisor in each premises.When you study online with AIFS you will:
  • meet FSANZ Standard 3.2.2A training requirements
  • complete your food safety training course faster
  • enjoy the many benefits of AIFS Membership
Food Safety Supervisor Course
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Official AIFS Food Safety Supervisor Course

Meets FSANZ Standard 3.2.2A and is accepted in all states of Australia.
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Finish in a few hours, or take your time

Complete your Food Safety Supervisor course in just a few hours, or take up to 12 months.
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Study online, whenever you want

Enjoy the convenience of doing your training anywhere, at any time of the day or night.
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98% recommended rating

Feel confident taking an AIFS course that 98% of students would recommend to a friend.
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All states, all food sectors

Be sure of acceptance with the Food Safety Supervisor course approved throughout Australia.
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Get 12 months of free AIFS Membership

Receive updates, tools, resources and more to promote and boost your food handling knowledge.
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Get the support you need

Our qualified trainers are here to provide the support you need when you need it.

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Discover the complimentary member benefits for you and your food business

Trusted and Recommended Throughout Australia

Relied on by the Australian food industry for a quality training experience
Discover why Food Safety Supervisors love this course
98%of students would recommend this course to others
96%of students rate this course as good or excellent
10/10of students say that this food safety course is easy to use
Trusted by thousands of companies
Recommended by thousands of food workers
Binu J Testimonial

Binu J

Melbourne VIC

"It was simple to learn online. I found the assessment easy and the course very useful for food handling."
Michael O Testimonial

Michael O

Mudgee NSW

"I liked the simplicity of the course, but most notable was the speed and help from the support team."
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Jaymee E

Scarsdale VIC

"I liked that the course was very well written and that the assessment was easy to follow."

Course Outline

Everything you need to be a Food Safety Supervisor, all in one course
When you enrol in the official AIFS Food Safety Supervisor course, you have access to everything you need to be recognised as a qualified Food Safety Supervisor in Australia.With AIFS there are:
  • no hidden prerequisites
  • no hidden assessment requirements
  • no hidden fees or charges
Start immediately, or at your leisureAs soon as you sign up, you have instant access to your course.As the online components of the course take around 6 - 8 hours, some students sign up and complete the course on the same day.If you prefer to take your time, we allow 12 months to complete the course and you can start and stop as often as you like.
Nationally recognised trainingAIFS is a Registered Training Organisation that's approved to deliver Food Safety Supervisor training across all Australian food sectors. Be confident knowing that your AIFS qualification is compliant and will be recognised.Meet NSW requirementsAIFS is approved to deliver NSW Food Safety Supervisor certificates on behalf of the NSW Food Authority.If you want to work in NSW as a Food Safety Supervisor, you'll need this additional certificate.Simply select this option when enrolling.There is an extra $30 fee for this certificate - a NSW government fee we get charged to register you into their system and produce your certificate.
The course is split into 19 lessons, two case studies (five in NSW), and an Observer Report.NSW only: There are two additional course resources for your information and review.The lessons in the course are:
  • Lesson 1 - Food Safety Laws & Responsibilities
  • Lesson 2 - Food Contamination & High-Risk Groups
  • Lesson 3 - Biological Contamination
  • Lesson 4 - Other Types of Contamination
  • Lesson 5 - Allergen Management
  • Lesson 6 - Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Lesson 7 - Maintaining Food Premises
  • Lesson 8 - Hand Washing
  • Lesson 9 - Personal Hygiene & Workplace Behaviour
  • Lesson 10 - Illness & Onsite Injuries
  • Lesson 11 - Time & Temperature Control
  • Lesson 12 - Receiving & Storing Food
  • Lesson 13 - Working with Food Safely
  • Lesson 14 - Serving Food Safely
  • Lesson 15 - Food Safety Programs
  • Lesson 16 - Identifying Food Safety Hazards
  • Lesson 17 - Monitoring, Controlling & Correcting Food Safety Hazards
  • Lesson 18 - Reporting, Investigating & Recording Food Safety Breaches
  • Lesson 19 - Food Safety Management
QuizzesAt the end of each lesson, there's a multiple choice quiz. You have 5 attempts at each quiz and must score 100% to move onto the next lesson.If you don't pass the quiz after 5 attempts, simply get in touch and we'll help you progress to the next section.Case StudiesThere are two case studies (five in NSW) to complete with the course. For each case study, you'll read a short scenario and then answer a multiple choice quiz, which is similar to the quizzes you've already completed at the end of the lessons.Reading ActivityThere is a reading activity on potentially hazardous foods. Simply download the PDF from the course page and then complete the multiple choice quiz. NSW CertificationIn 2015, the NSW Food Authority announced some additional requirements for NSW Food Safety Supervisor training. Currently there are four key focus areas determined by the Food Authority - allergen management, safe egg handling, cleaning and sanitising practices, and Food Act offences. If you are seeking a NSW FSS certificate you must complete the four key focus areas.Food Safety Supervisor Observer ReportThere are some things we can't see you doing through your computer - such as washing your hands or wearing the correct clothes for work.In order to comply with the government requirements for Food Safety Supervisor training, you do need to demonstrate that you can perform such tasks correctly.To make this as easy as possible for you, we allow you to be observed by a co-worker or supervisor.Simply follow the instructions on the course page and ask someone in your workplace (past or present) to complete the form.Quality Assurance ProcessAs part of our quality assurance process, we reserve the right to contact you or your nominated observer to conduct a competency conversation or verification of assessment prior to awarding certification.
There are no training prerequisites for this course - you can simply enrol and get started.Language, Literacy and NumeracyWhilst there are no training prerequisites, there are some requirements around language, literacy and numeracy. In order to complete this course you should be able to perform everyday tasks such as:
  • Reading and responding to online postings in chat rooms
  • Taking minutes in a community meeting
  • Reviewing and discussing news items with others
  • Creating a personal weekly budget in a spreadsheet
If you have any concerns about the skills required to participate in this course, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss your situation.
You need to make sure that you have the following in order to be able to complete the Food Safety Supervisor course:1. A modern web browserAt AIFS we use some of the latest eLearning technologies to deliver the courses. You will need to have a modern web browser to view and complete the course (Google Chrome is recommended), and it's important that you have Javascript enabled.2. An email addressDuring the registration process, we will ask you for your email address. This is a mandatory requirement for you to be able to access our systems. Email addresses cannot be shared by students.3. Adobe PDF Reader or Adobe AcrobatSome of the forms that you need to complete (such as the Observer Report) are in PDF format. Ensure that you have the latest version of Adobe PDF Reader.AIFS courses work on most computers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
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Be Trained for Your Food Industry Sector

Develop expert food handling skills with sector-specific Food Safety Supervisor training
Hospitality Sector
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Hospitality businesses prepare and serve food for customers to consume in-house.

The units of competency awarded for Hospitality are:
Hospitality Sector
  • SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXFSA006 Participate in safe food handling practices
These units are accepted in all states & territories.
Food retail businesses prepare and sell food to customers for consumption elsewhere.

The unit of competency awarded for Retail is:
Retail Sector
  • SIRRFSA001 Handle food safely in a retail environment
These units are accepted in all states & territories.
Food processing businesses manufacture food and have very little direct contact with consumers.

The units of competency awarded for Food Processing are:
Food Processing Sector
  • FBPFSY1002 Follow work procedures to maintain food safety
  • FBPFSY2002 Apply food safety procedures
These units are only accepted in QLD & VIC.
Organisations that serve food to vulnerable people are in the health and community sector.

The units of competency awarded for Health & Community are:
Health & Community Sector
  • HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices
  • HLTFSE005 Apply and monitor food safety requirements
  • HLTFSE007 Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace
These units are not accepted in NSW & NT.
Any business that transports or stores food is in the transport and distribution sector.

The units of competency awarded for Transport and Distribution are:
Transport & Distribution Sector
  • SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXFSA006 Participate in safe food handling practices
These units are accepted in all states and territories, however please note that Transport & Distribution businesses in NSW are not required to have a Food Safety Supervisor.
Training for food sectorsFood Safety Supervisor training differs from sector to sector.When you complete your official AIFS Food Safety Supervisor course, you'll receive a Statement of Attainment.This lists the units of competency you've attained. Different food sectors have different units.
How do I select my food sector?Simply enrol in the Food Safety Supervisor course and complete your student registration.During registration, you'll provide contact information for a nominated observer and select your food sector from a dropdown menu.The sector you choose determines which Observer Report will be issued and the units of competency that will be displayed on your Statement of Attainment upon completion of your course. Does my location matter?Yes, each state and territory only recognises certain units of competency for Food Safety Supervisor training:ACT / SA / TAS / WA accept:
  • SITXFSA005 & SITXFSA006
  • SIRRFSA001
  • HLTFSE001 & HLTFSE005 & HLTFSE007
NSW / NT accept:
  • SITXFSA005 & SITXFSA006
  • SIRRFSA001
QLD / VIC accept:
  • SITXFSA005 & SITXFSA006
  • SIRRFSA001
  • FBPFSY1002 & FBPFSY2002
  • HLTFSE001 & HLTFSE005 & HLTFSE007

What is a Food Safety Supervisor?

Understand your responsibilities and legal requirements
What is a Food Safety Supervisor?Under FSANZ Standard 3.2.2A, all Australian businesses that serve food must have one or more qualified Food Safety Supervisors.A Food Safety Supervisor is someone who has the appropriate food safety training to supervise food safety in a business. Food Safety Supervisors are mainly responsible for:
  • supervising food handling staff
  • maintaining the Food Safety Program
  • ensuring safe food handling practices across the business
Food Safety Supervisors are also required to be available to deal with any internal or external food safety matters on behalf of the food business.This can range from answering food safety questions from food workers to communicating with local government authorities regarding food safety incidents or during a regular inspection.
Anyone can enrol in the AIFS Food Safety Supervisor course. Whether you currently work in the food industry or are planning to, there's no prior knowledge or work experience required. You can simply sign up and get started.As of December 2022, Food Safety Supervisor training has been standardised across Australia as per FSANZ Standard 3.2.2A. However, New South Wales has some additional requirements that learners must meet to be recognised there. AIFS is approved by the NSW Food Authority to deliver NSW specific training.Learn more about specific state or territory requirements or contact us
Sometimes the terms 'Level 1' and 'Level 2' are used when referring to Food Safety Supervisor training. These terms are used to signify that to become a qualified Food Safety Supervisor, training for both Level 1 and Level 2 must be completed.This course covers all requirements to become a Food Safety Supervisor - in other words, the AIFS Food Safety Supervisor course is a Level 1 and Level 2 course.
Food Safety Supervisor training is not only about ensuring food safety, it's the law. Food businesses in Australia must comply with federal, state and local food safety laws and requirements.Food Safety Supervisor training requirements were standardised in December 2022 with the introduction of FSANZ Standard 3.2.2A. This law specifies that all businesses that serve food must have one or more qualified Food Safety Supervisors available at all times.There are some state and territory laws you need to be aware of though.Learn more about the laws and requirements for your state or territory:
A Statement of Attainment is a document (like a certificate) that is issued to a student and contains the units of competency that has been completed as part of a nationally recognised training course.As a qualified Food Safety Supervisor, you will receive a valid Statement of Attainment and be trained to:
  • protect customers from food-borne illnesses
  • manage hazards in the workplace
  • train and supervise food handling staff
  • devise and maintain a Food Safety Program
  • build a compliant Food Safety Plan
  • prepare the business for food safety emergencies
  • serve as a point of contact for local government
NATIONALLY RECOGNISED TRAINING
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As a Registered Training Organisation, the Australian Institute of Food Safety has been approved to deliver Food Safety Supervisor training for every food sector across Australia.This means that when you train with AIFS, you can feel secure knowing your qualification:
  • is compliant
  • will be accepted by local councils Australia-wide
  • is recommended by Health Inspectors

Helping the Community

Your enrolment will help to feed two people in need
1 in 10 Australians rely on food aid each year, yet in Australia we throw out $10bn of food annually. Together we can help to tackle this issue.Your enrolment = 2 meals to those in needWe've partnered with OzHarvest to help deliver meals to people facing hunger issues in the Australian community.When you sign up for an accredited AIFS course, we'll provide OzHarvest with the resources to donate 2 meals to those in need.Photo Credit: OzHarvest
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Common Questions

Learn more about what our students ask about this course
How long does the course take to complete?The online lessons, multiple choice quizzes and case studies in this course take most people around six to eight hours to complete.
How do I enrol in the course?That's easy! Simply click on the blue 'Start Online Now' button on this page and follow the prompts. You'll be enrolled and ready to start in just a few minutes.
When will I get my Statement of Attainment?Our assessors work full-time Monday to Friday and often process your Statement of Attainment within a few days of students completing the course.
Do I need to go somewhere for an exam?No, you don't need to go anywhere for an exam. You can complete the entire course within the comfort of your own home and workplace, at a time that suits you.
Is this the course I need for my food business licence?Yes, all food businesses must comply with FSANZ Standard 3.2.2A and have employed at least one qualified Food Safety Supervisor before applying for a food business licence.
Where can I learn more?AIFS provides comprehensive information about nationally recognised Food Safety Supervisor training, as well as general food safety information.