Food Safety Inspections

Routine food business inspections and complaints-based inspections are performed by Public Health Officers from the Health Protection Service. Public Health Officers may inspect your food business premises at any reasonable time without notice. You have the right to ask any inspecting Public Health Officer to show their identity card.

Routine food business inspections and complaints-based inspections are performed by Public Health Officers from the Health Protection Service.

Public Health Officers may inspect your food business premises at any reasonable time without notice. You have the right to ask any inspecting Public Health Officer to show their identity card.

Public Health Officer’s assess your business against criteria outlined in the Food Business Inspection Manual. These criteria are in line with the food safety and hygiene requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and the Food Act 2001.

You or a staff member may accompany the Public Health Officer during their inspection. However, it’s an offence to interfere or obstruct a lawful inspection.

A signed copy of the inspection report is emailed to you after the inspection.

Food safety breaches identified during the inspection require fixing within a certain timeframe. Critical food safety breaches may issue a Prohibition Order that requires you to close your business until it’s deemed safe.

Food Business Inspection Manual

The Food Business Inspection Manual helps deliver consistent and transparent food business inspections. All items in the Manual follow the order of a routine food business inspection.

The Manual contains 56 questions that comply with local and national food safety requirements. Each question includes guidance information on the relevant legislation and examples of common non-compliances.

Food Business Self-Assessment Application

The Food Business Self-Assessment Tool and Application helps you achieve compliance with ACT food safety requirements. The application enables you to complete an assessment of your businesses current food safety practices and identify potential areas for improvement.

The application provides detailed information about common food safety and regulatory issues, as well as details about food business inspections.

You can access the application on the Access Canberra website or the PDF.

Common Compliance Issues

We have identified the most commonly found breaches of food safety compliance during inspections. These include handwashing facilities, general cleaning, temperature control and monitoring and pest control.

You can access advice on how to avoid these breaches on the resources page.

Page last updated on: 18 Sep 2018