Frequently Asked Questions

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Food Safety Supervisor Info



Every food organisation in NSW has a responsibility to make sure its staff are properly trained in food safety.

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If you haven’t already done so, you need to notify the local council that you’re the nominated Food Safety Supervisor for the business where you work. This might be something that you do, or it might be done by your employer.

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Becoming a Food Safety Supervisor is quite straightforward. You simply need to enrol in and complete a short course.

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Whether a business needs to employ a Food Safety Supervisor will depend on where the business operates as well as what types of food it prepares.

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Food Safety Supervisors have many responsibilities when performing their role and maintaining food safety in a business.

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You may have already completed the Food Safety Supervisor units of competency in previous training.

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As a general rule, only one Food Safety Supervisor is needed for each food premises. However, because food businesses often operate long hours or shift work, they’re often advised to employ more than one.

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The Australian Institute of Food Safety is approved to issue the NSW Food Authority Food Safety Supervisor Certificate.

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Handy tip: Food Safety Supervisor training is industry specific so be sure to find out which course you need.

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The role of a Food Safety Supervisor in Brisbane is to maintain food safety in a business and minimise the chance of people becoming sick as a result of incorrectly handled or prepared food.

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The role of a Food Safety Supervisor is to manage the overall food safety of a business. This typically includes:

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A Food Safety Supervisor is nominated by a food business to manage the overall food safety of the business. The main aim of this role is to help ensure that all food which is handled, stored, prepared and served is done so safely, so as to minimise the risk of causing illness.

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No, not necessarily – however, they must be able to be contacted at all times, by both the food handlers in the business and also the authority responsible for regulating the business in food safety.

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Because food businesses in Melbourne are all so different, there isn’t one set of rules for everyone. However most food businesses will require at least one Food Safety Supervisor to be employed.

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Not necessarily. If you’re required by law to have a Food Safety Supervisor on staff, it usually only means one per premises.

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Once you have successfully completed your Food Safety Supervisor course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment which lists the units of competency relevant to your industry. These are:

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