If you currently work with food you'll already be aware of the importance of food safety. But don't forget that it's vital you keep your skills up to date.

Enhance your skills. Keep customers safe.

Food safety training is crucial for two main reasons:
  1. It enables you to meet your legal requirements
  2. It helps you protect your customers lives
If you're already working in the industry you may have already had some food safety training.However, new legislation was passed in December 2022 (Food Standard 3.2.2A) that requires employees that work with food to have completed some specific food safety training for their role.
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Why food safety should be your top priority

Some of the worst food poisoning outbreaks in recent times have occurred from simple mistakes such as someone not washing their hands properly.If you cause a food-borne illness outbreak or don't follow food safety legislation the consequences can be serious. Here are just a few reasons why you need to make food safety your top priority:
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It's your responsibility

When you prepare or serve food to someone, their safety is in your hands. You have a responsibility to protect them from getting sick (or worse) from food-borne illness.
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It's a legal requirement

All Food Handlers must be trained in food safety. Plus, for most food businesses in Australia there needs to be one or more nominated Food Safety Supervisors. It's the law.
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You need to be up to date

When food safety laws change or there's a product recall, you need to know. If you're an AIFS member, you'll receive all the food safety information you need.
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You're a role model

If you've been at your workplace for a while, new employees will observe your actions and behave in the same way. By showing good food safety you'll be a role model for the whole business.
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You'll impress your employer

Not only will your boss be confident that you're protecting the business and it's customers, they'll be impressed with the food safety signage you'll receive after completing an AIFS course.
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You'll boost your career prospects

Having a nationally recognised course on your resume is impressive. Food Safety Supervisors are in high demand and this course may allow you to move into more senior or leadership roles.

Be aware of Food Safety Laws

Food Safety is governed by two sets of legislation - state and federal. Both are enforced at a local council level by Health Inspectors.
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Federal Legislation

The federal legislation is governed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).Food Standard 3.2.2A sets the requirements for all food workers to have completed mandatory Food Safety Supervisor or Food Handler training.
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State Legislation

Each state has its own Food Safety Act that needs to be adhered to.This legislation often has additional requirements to those set out in Food Standard 3.2.2A. You must adhere to both state and federal legislation.

Your food safety training choices

The type of training best suited to you will depend on the job you have, your career aspirations and any legal requirements you are trying to meet. The two main courses to choose from are:
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Food Handler Course

This nationally recognised course meets all Food Handler training requirements as specified in Food Standard 3.2.2A.It's important that you're fully trained in all aspects of working with food safely including safe handling of food, preventing food contamination, cleaning and sanitising, and personal hygiene.Learn more about this course.
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Food Safety Supervisor Course

This nationally recognised course meets all Food Safety Supervisor training requirements as specified in Food Standard 3.2.2A.Every Australian business that serves food needs at least one nationally recognised Food Safety Supervisor on staff, so your Food Safety Supervisor qualification will always be in high demand.Learn more about this course.

How to choose the right course for you

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Do compliance-guaranteed training

AIFS food safety training (standard and recertification) is approved to meet all federal, state and local legislation.
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Check your food sector

Food safety training is sector-specific. Choose from Retail, Hospitality, Health & Community, or Food Processing.
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NSW Food Authority approved

Obtain your NSW Food Authority certificate when you complete the official AIFS Food Safety Supervisor course.
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Choose ongoing training

Benefits of an AIFS membership include unlimited access to food safety guides, posters, fact sheets, video, food recalls and much more.