The Official AIFS

Food Safety Supervisor Course

Meet your legal requirements and protect your customers with the Food Safety Supervisor course recommended by Health Inspectors and approved by councils.


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 compliance requirements of councils throughout Australia
  • complete your course faster
  • enjoy many benefits of your AIFS membership

Official AIFS govt. approved course

Approved and accepted by local councils and Health Inspectors in all states of Australia.


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.


Study online, whenever you want

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


Receive your documents fast

We'll send your documents a few hours after course completion, or even faster if needed urgently.


98% recommended rating

Feel confident taking an official AIFS course that 98% of students would recommend to a friend.


All states, all food sectors

Be sure of acceptance with the Food Safety Supervisor course approved throughout Australia.


Get 2 years AIFS membership

Receive tools, credentials, support and more to promote and boost your food safety knowledge.


Get the support you need

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

With AIFS, you get more than just a training course...

Discover the complimentary member benefits for you and your business

Trusted and recommended across Australia

Relied on by the Australian food industry for a quality training experience

Discover why our students love this course...

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Trusted by thousands of companies...

Recommended by thousands of food workers...

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
Mudgee NSW

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

Jaymee E
Scarsdale VIC

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

Helping the community

Your enrolment will help to feed two people in need

photo_ozh_donate.jpg1 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 need

We've partnered with OzHarvest to help deliver meals to people facing hunger issues in the Australian community.

When you enrol onto the official AIFS Food Safety Supervisor course, we'll provide OzHarvest with the resources to donate 2 meals to those in need.

Photo Credit: OzHarvest

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 leisure

As soon as you enrol, you have instant access to the 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 Training

AIFS is a Registered Training Organisation that's approved to deliver Food Safety Supervisor training across all food sectors throughout all of Australia. We're also:

  • accepted by local councils Australia-wide
  • recommended by Health Inspectors

So you can feel secure in knowing your AIFS qualification is compliant and recognised.

Meet NSW requirements

AIFS 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 7 lessons, 2 case studies and an observer report.

The lessons in the course are:

  • Lesson 1 - Food Safety Laws & Responsibilities
  • Lesson 2 - Understanding Food Safety
  • Lesson 3 - Maintaining a Clean Workplace
  • Lesson 4 - Personal Hygiene
  • Lesson 5 - Implementing Food Safety
  • Lesson 6 - Food Safety Programs
  • Lesson 7 - Monitoring & Controlling Food Safety

If you are in New South Wales, there are also three short reading activities/case studies about safe egg handling, allergen management and cleaning and sanitising practices (to meet NSW Food Authority requirements).


At 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 Studies

After you've completed all the lessons, there are two case studies. 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.

NSW Certification

In 2015, the NSW Food Authority announced some additional requirements for Food Safety Supervisor training. Three key focus areas were determined by the Food Authority - safe egg handling, allergen management and cleaning and sanitising practices.

If you are in NSW, there is an additional reading activity and case study for each of these focus areas.

Observer Report

There 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.

There are no training prerequisites for this course - you can simply enrol and get started.

Sometimes the terms 'Level 1' and 'Level 2' Food Safety Supervisor are used. This course covers all requirements to become a Food Safety Supervisor - in other words, this is a 'Level 1 & 2' course.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Whilst 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:

  • Using an instant messenger tool
  • Using email at work
  • Responding to customer complaints
  • Following a recipe

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 browser

At 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 address

During 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 Acrobat

Some of the forms that you need to complete (such as the Observer Report) are in PDF format. To get the latest version of Adobe PDF Reader, go here.

AIFS courses work on most computers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

Click on the 'Play' button below to watch a sample lesson from the Food Safety Supervisor course.


Be trained for your food industry sector

Develop expert skills with sector-specific Food Safety Supervisor training.

Hospitality businesses prepare and serve food for customers to consume in house.

The units of competency awarded for Hospitality are:

  • SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices

Food retail businesses prepare and sell food to customers for consumption elsewhere.

The unit of competency awarded for Retail is:

  • SIRRFSA001 Handle food safely in a retail environment

Food processing businesses manufacture food and have very little direct contact with consumers.

The units of competency awarded for Food Processing are:

  • FBPFSY1001 Follow work procedures to maintain food safety
  • FDFFS2001A Implement the food safety program and procedures

Organisations that serve food to vulnerable people are in the health and community sector.

The units of competency awarded for Health & Community are:

  • 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

Any business that transports or stores food is in the transport and distribution sector.

The units of competency awarded for Transport & Distribution are:

  • SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices

Training for food sectors

Food 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 into the Food Safety Supervisor course and complete the lessons and case studies - these parts of the course are the same for all sectors.

Towards the end of the course you'll be prompted to select a food sector for your Observer Report.

The sector you choose determines which units will appear on your Statement of Attainment.

What about if I'm in New South Wales?

Only Hospitality and Retail units are recognised by the NSW Food Authority.

Choose either of these sectors if you require a NSW Food Safety Supervisor certificate as part of this course.

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 take most people around six to eight hours to complete.

With the Observer Report and other forms that may need to be completed, the total time for the course is typically a couple of hours more.

However, everyone learns at a different pace. If you've been working in the food industry for years, it's likely you'll already be familiar with much of the course content. If English is not your first language, it may take longer to work through the lessons.

Some AIFS students enrol, complete the course, and receive their Statement of Attainment all on the same day.

How do I enrol onto 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.
All you need to do is supply some basic details (like your name and address) and your credit/debit card information.

If you'd prefer to enrol over the phone, that's no problem. Just give us a call on 1300 797 020 and we'll help you to get started.

When will I get my Statement of Attainment?

Our assessors work full-time Monday to Friday and often process Statements of Attainment within a few hours of students completing the course.

That means that many of our students receive their Statement of Attainment via email on the day that they complete their course, and via post a few days later.

Do I need to go somewhere for an exam?

No, you don't need to go anywhere. You can complete the entire course within the comfort of your own home and workplace, at a time that suits you.

You simply complete online multiple choice quizzes at the end of each lesson, and also request someone you've worked with (past or present) to complete an Observer Report about tasks that they've already seen you doing.

Is this the course I need for my food business licence?

Yes, this is the course you need to do to get your food business licence in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

When you complete the course, we'll issue you with a Statement of Attainment containing details of the units of competency you've obtained. If you're in New South Wales, you'll also get a NSW Food Authority certificate.

These documents are what you need to present to your local council to nominate a Food Safety Supervisor and get your food business licence.

Where can I learn more?

The Australian Institute of Food Safety has an extensive Resource Centre which includes news, articles, a blog, and a comprehensive FAQ section.

In the Resource Centre, we've tried to address the most common questions we get asked as well as the more obscure ones!

If you still can't find what you need then get in touch via email or phone and we'll be happy to help.