Food safety supervisors

Food stalls operating at a declared event must nominate a Food Safety Supervisor.

All supervisors must be appropriately trained, know how to recognise, prevent and lessen food handling hazards and have the ability and authority to supervise the correct handling of food by others.

To be appointed as a food safety supervisor, you must hold a valid statement of attainment for a food safety training course, issued by a Registered Training Organisation. For more information about training requirements please refer to the Food Safety Supervisor Training Guidelines.

A copy of your completion certificate, as well as proof of completing all training modules must be submitted with your registration application.

If you have any questions about the food safety supervisor requirements, please read our ‘Food Safety programs, training and resources’ or contact the Health Protection Service on 02 5124 9700.

Notification of Food Safety Supervisors

New food businesses have 30 days to appoint a food safety supervisor and notify the Health Protection Service following registration. You can do so by completing the Food Safety Supervisor Notification Form and returning the form to the Health Protection Service.

You don’t need to submit copies of your food safety supervisor’s statement of attainment to the Health Protection Service. However, you must be able to produce it to a Public Health Officer upon request.

If you are operating at a declared event you must provide your food safety supervisor’s I’M ALERT completion certificate with your declared event registration application. Please see the ‘Starting a Food Business in the ACT’ for more information.

Requirements for Community Organisations

Some non-profit community organisations only selling food for fundraising purposes may be exempt from the food safety supervisor requirement. Please see the Requirements for Community Organisations webpage for further information.

Page last updated on: 7 May 2019