Health & Community

Food safety training in the health sector - learn who requires it, how to comply and what's a properly trained Food Safety Supervisor and Food Handler.


Food safety training for health & community

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If you work in the health and community sector preparing and/or serving food to vunerable people, you need the right training to meet food safety laws.

Vulnerable people include the sick, pregnant women, the elderly, children and babies.

Typical health and community organisations include:

  • Hospitals and medical facilities
  • Childcare facilities
  • Aged care facilities
  • School canteens and tuckshops
  • Other community groups

How to comply with food safety laws

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Train your Food Safety Supervisor

Most health and community businesses must have at least one properly trained Food Safety Supervisor.

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Apply for your business licence

See your local council to apply for your business licence to start your health and community business.

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Train your Food Handlers

Not just kitchen staff, but any employee who serves, moves, delivers or cleans food or food equipment.

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Be food audit ready

Keep your proof of nationally recognised food safety training nearby for food safety inspections.

Training requirements for health & community businesses

Food Safety Supervisor requirements

In VIC, QLD and ACT, it's a mandatory requirement that health and community organisations have at least one Food Safety Supervisor on their staff at all times. This means at least one person must have:

  • undergone nationally recognised training
  • obtained the required units of competency to be recognised as a Food Safety Supervisor

NSW requirements are a little more complex

In NSW, only retail and hospitality units of competency are recognised by the NSW Food Authority.

However, many organisations that identify as being 'health and community' are required to have a Food Safety Supervisor.

To understand the specific requirements for your business, you should always clarify with the NSW Food Authority.

If you are in NSW when you complete your Food Safety Supervisor training with AIFS, you will receive:

  • your regular Statement of Attainment (for the retail or hospitality units)
  • a certificate issued by the NSW Food Authority, sometimes known as the 'green certificate'.

If you're applying for a new food business licence, you'll be asked for the certificate number from this document.

Click here to learn more about this course.

Food Handler Requirements

Federal legislation (governed by FSANZ) states that all Food Handlers must be trained in food safety.

Many people are surprised to learn that Food Handlers aren't just those employees who work in the kitchen.

A Food Handler can also be someone who:

  • Serves food to customers
  • Moves food into storage
  • Delivers food
  • Cleans equipment and utensils

Simply put, anyone that comes into contact with food or food equipment in a food business is a 'Food Handler'.

All Food Handlers require the necessary food safety training to perform this role.

The Food Handler Course offered by AIFS has been designed to meet this requirement.

Click here to learn more about this course.

Units of Competency

When you complete nationally recognised training, you are awarded a Statement of Attainment which lists the units of competency that you have obtained.

When a Health Inspector inspects your premises, they'll check that your Statement of Attainment has the correct units of competency.

Food Safety Supervisor course

After successfully completing the Food Safety Supervisor course for the health and community sector, you will be awarded the following units:

  • HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices
  • HLTFSE005 Apply and monitor food safety requirements
  • HLTFSE007 Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace

Food Handler course

Food Handler training is not industry specific. After successfully completing the Food Handler course you will be awarded the following unit:

  • SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
Unit Code Unit Title
HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices
HLTFSE005 Apply and monitor food safety requirements
HLTFSE007 Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace
Unit Code Unit Title
HLTFS207C Follow basic food safety practices
HLTFS309C Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace
HLTFS310C Apply and monitor food safety requirements
HLTFS7A  Follow basic food safety practices
HLTFS9A Oversee the day-to-day implementation of food safety in the workplace
HLTFS10A Apply and monitor food safety requirements

Important Information

All current units replace any expired units of competency.

The units of competency awarded by AIFS are always current, however some out-of-date websites may still refer to expired units.