Frequently Asked Questions

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

Can I take a food safety course if I'm not working in the food industry?

Don't worry if you're not working in the food industry, our food safety courses can be completed by anyone regardless of prior experience. 

What about my observer report?

We understand it can be difficult when you're new to the industry to have the observer report filled out, so there are several options you have:

1. If you have worked in the food industry in the past, then you can have a past manager or co-worker fill it out. Your observer does not need to be a chef or a trained food safety supervisor. It can be anyone currently employed in the food industry with a minimum of 12 months experience.

2. If you have a friend or family member employed in the food industry, they can also observe you. Again, it doesn't need to be a qualified chef or food safety supervisor, your observer could even be someone who has worked at a fast-food restaurant, or in a school tuck-shop, or volunteered at homeless kitchens or church groups etc. 

3. If you do have a friend or a family member with industry experience that can observe you, you can perform these tasks in a simulated work environment such as your home kitchen. 

4. You can also contact your local council and ask for a list of food-based charities that you can volunteer for. Many of these organisations deal with food and any regular volunteer is able to act as your observer. 

The really important thing is that the person completing your Observer Report has seen you do everything listed on the report more than once.