Frequently Asked Questions

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


What’s the difference between a Food Handler and a Food Safety Supervisor?

Even though there are many similarities between the two, Food Safety Supervisor and Food Handler are two different positions. There are different training courses for each and different levels of responsibility in the workplace.

A Food Handler is just that, someone who handles food as part of their position. Whereas a Food Safety Supervisor is someone that handles food, supervises food handling staff, maintains the Food Safety Program, and makes sure a food business uses best food safety practices.

When it comes to training, a Food Handler course is not as involved or extensive as a Food Safety Supervisor course. Food Safety Supervisors not only learn all of the information in a Food Handler course, they also learn the skills and knowledge that go along with being able to supervise food safety in a business. While Food Handlers have to know how to update the Food Safety Plan of a business, it’s the Food Safety Supervisor who is responsible for its overall maintenance.

How do you know which course is right for you?

Food safety is an important consideration for all food businesses. Protecting your business from contamination and reducing the risk of food poisoning are top priorities on the list of reasons why you might decide to take a food safety course, or request your staff members to take one. However, selecting the course that is right for you can be difficult.

If you have to do a food safety course but you’re not sure which one is right for you, check out this handy guide.