Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions with the Australian Institute of Food Safety's Frequently Asked Questions section


General Food Safety



There are only two food sectors, also known as food industries, recognised in NSW - hospitality and retail.

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Knowing which industry your food business falls under, and subsequently which training course you need to complete, can be hard. The reason you have to choose an industry is because the statement of attainment you’re awarded for Food Safety Supervisor training is industry specific.

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Food businesses in Victoria are divided into different food industry sectors - retail, hospitality, health and community, food processing, and transport and distribution. 

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Food businesses in the ACT will fall into one of five food industry sectors – retail, hospitality, health and community services, food processing, or transport and distribution.

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Queensland food businesses fall under one of the five different food industry sectors - retail, hospitality, health and community, food processing or transport and distribution.

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There are three different types of food contamination - chemical, physical and biological.

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Whether you need a Food Safety Supervisor in your home-based food business will depend on where your business is located and what types of food you’re preparing and selling.

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Food poisoning affects millions of Australians every year and can be hard to diagnose because it has similar symptoms to the flu and stomach viruses. Also because food poisoning can occur hours, days or even weeks later, determining the actual cause of the illness is not always easy. You might have eaten something that looked, smelled and tasted fine but was actually contaminated with harmful bacteria.

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Unfortunately, the Australian Institute of Food Safety doesn’t currently offer any services to help businesses build their food safety program. But we do offer our students a free template to help get them started.

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