Food Sold at Declared Events

The ACT hosts a number of events where food is sold, ranging from small school fetes to larger events such as the National Multicultural Festival. Some large events that pose a higher public health risk may be declared by the Minister for Health to be regulated under the Food Act 2001. Smaller events such as fundraising barbeques and school fetes are not declared events.

For more information about Declared Events, please contact the Health Protection Service on 6205 1700 or email hps@act.gov.au

 

Declared Events in the ACT

The following events have been declared by the Minister for Health as regulated events:

Event declarations are also published on the ACT Legislation Register at www.legislation.act.gov.au.

Declared Event Registration

All food stalls operating at a declared event (including non-profit community organisations selling food for fundraising) must obtain a Declared Event Registration from the Health Protection Service.

Please note: Businesses which hold a current Food Business Registration from the Health Protection Service do not need to complete the Declared Event Food Business Registration Application however a copy of the Food Business Registration certificate must be displayed at the declared event.

To obtain registration for a declared event please submit your Declared Event Food Business Registration Application to the Health Protection Service at least 14 days prior to the event. There is no fee for this application.

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Declared Event Food Business Registration Application

Food Safety at Declared Events

All stalls operating at a declared event must appoint a food safety supervisor who, as a minimum, has completed free online I’M ALERT food safety training. The food safety supervisor must complete all modules in the course. Copies of the completion certificate and evidence of training modules completed must be submitted with the registration application. For further information please visit the I’M ALERT Food Safety Training webpage.

To ensure safe food is provided at these events the Health Protection Service offers food safety information and advice. Public Health Officers are also able to provide food safety advice to stall holders at meetings and information sessions prior to events (this must be pre-arranged). If you want to organise an information session, please contact the Health Protection Service on 6205 1700 during normal business hours.

Regular temperature checks during transport, storage and display of food must be completed and recorded. A temperature log has been developed for food stalls to monitor the temperature of all potentially hazardous food prepared prior to, and during, the event. 

Declared Event Temperature Log for Potentially Hazardous Foods

For written food safety resources, please see the Food Safety Resources for Business webpage.

Other event requirements

Organisers of public events have wide ranging responsibilities. Access Canberra has provided a Guide to organising public events in the ACT to assist businesses to meet these responsibilities.