Food Safety Programs and Minimum Records

Food Safety Programs are an essential part of owning and operating any food premises, and this page deals specifically with the requirements of business in the safe and legal preparation and sale of food.

What is a food Safety Plan?

Food Safety Supervisor & Food Handling Training

What training is available?

Do Food Safely - Free Online Food Safety Learning Program

What sort of food safety program do I need?

  • Class 1 and 2 food businesses must have a Food Safety Program on site.
  • Class 3 food businesses must have the Minimum Record sheets.

What is a food Safety Plan?

A Food Safety Program is a written plan that describes how a food business will control, monitor and manage food safely and includes relevant records to verify this.  There are two categories of Food Safety Programs:

  • Standard Food Safety Programs
    These are template Food Safety Programs developed by a food industry group or by the Department of Health.  Refer to the Department of Health website for a list of registered templates or to download the template at no cost:
  • Non-standard Food Safety Program
    This is when you write your own Food Safety Program or employ someone to write it for you. Many franchise businesses, large businesses, child care and aged care facilities have non-standard Food Safety Programs.  Food businesses who use a non-standard Food Safety Program must undergo an annual 3rd party audit.
  • Minimum Record Sheets
    Essential for Class 3 Food Premises, Minimum Record Sheets are a more simplified version of a Food Safety Program.  Refer to the Victorian Department of Health website for a copy of the Minimum Record sheets at no cost.

Food Safety Supervisor & Food Handling Training

Class 1 & 2 food businesses that have a Food Safety Program, must also nominate a person to be their Food Safety Supervisor. This person must have a certificate or statement of attainment against the required competencies from a Registered Training Organisation. Food premises that have a Quality Assurance Food Safety Program are exempt from submitting evidence of the FSS training, as they are recognised via their QA system.

Class 3 food businesses are also exempt from this requirement.

A list of required competencies and registered training providers can be found under Food Safety Learning Program.  Alternatively, contact Monash Public Health on 9518 3555.

What training is available?

In association with Hays International College we are running food handling training courses in both English and Mandarin.

The training is suitable for food handlers in the City of Monash who would like to update their skills or improve the food safety standards of their business.

The course covers basic food safety handling procedures and personal hygiene, equivalent to Food Safety Level 1-SITXFSA101 - Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety.

The program includes two half days training at Monash Civic Centre. Participants are required to attend both sessions and will receive a certificate at the completion of their course.

For a list of training dates or further information regarding food handler training, please contact Council’s Public Health Unit on 9518 3555.

Do Food Safely - Free Online Food Safety Learning Program

The Department of Health has developed a free online learning program for people who are either currently working in the food industry or considering employment in the industry. The online training program is informative and includes six topics on food safety and a final quiz. Participants who score more than 90 percent on the quiz are awarded a certificate.

Are you interested in completing the free online Food Safety Learning Program?

Please Note that this training does not satisfy the requirement as a qualification of a Food Safety Supervisor.







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Last updated: 04 September 2018