Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the food industry sectors in Victoria?

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

The units of competency for each are outlined below, as well as some examples of the types of food businesses which fall into each food sector:

Retail: SIRRFSA001 Apply Retail Food Safety Practices

The retail food sector includes food businesses that prepare and sell food via retail - for example, convenience stores and service stations, supermarkets, delicatessens, retail markets and stalls, greengrocers and take-away stores.

Hospitality: SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety & SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices

The hospitality food sector includes hospitality businesses that prepare and sell food in the same location - for example, restaurants, cafés, hotels, caterers, bars and pubs.

Health and community services: HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practice & HLTFSE007 Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace & HLTFSE005 Apply and monitor food safety requirements

The health and community services food sector refers to food businesses which handle, prepare or sell food to vulnerable people - for example, food prepared for hospitals, nursing homes, hostels, meals on wheels and childcare centres.

Food processing: FBPFSY1001 Follow work procedures to maintain food safety & FBPFSY2001 Implement the food safety program and procedures

The food processing food sector includes food businesses that manufacture food - for example, wholesale bakeries, airline caterers, breweries, flour mills, pre‐prepared meals and wineries.

Transport and distribution: SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety & SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices

The transport and distribution food sector includes food businesses that do not actually prepare food but instead handle, store or transport food - for example, food distributors, water carriers and warehouses.