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 Program?

Food Safety Supervisor & Food Handling Training

Do Food Safely - Free Online Food Safety Learning Program

What is a Food Safety Program?

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.

What are Minimum Records?

Essential for Class 3 Food Premises, Minimum Records are a more simplified version of a Food Safety Program.  Refer to the Victorian Department of Health website for a copy of the Minimum Records 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.

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: 07 May 2019