Food Safety Training and Resources

ACT Health offers access to food safety training and resources.

I’M ALERT Food Safety website is a free online training program available to food handlers and any other interested members of the public.

The I’M ALERT training provides a basic understanding of safe food handling. It contains interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of general food safety and you are issued with a certificate on completion.

We strongly recommend this course to anyone who handles food. It takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

All Food Safety Supervisors for food businesses operating at a declared event must complete all modules of the I’M ALERT food safety training. This includes not-for-profit community organisations.

Please see the Food Safety Supervisors webpage for more information about Food Safety Supervisor requirements.

Resources

We have developed various resources to help you comply with ACT Food Safety Laws and standards. These resources can help you make sure the food you sell is safe for the public to eat.

These resources don’t cover all requirements set out in the local and national food laws and should not be considered legal advice.

Please call the Health Protection Service on 5124 9700 or email hps@act.gov.au to request a hardcopy of the resources.

Food Safety Guide

The Food Safety is Your Business guide helps food business managers and staff better understand food safety practices. The guide discusses basic hygiene and food safety principles, including hand washing, storing and receiving food, temperature control and sanitation.

You can also access the guide in the following languages:

Food Business Egg Guide

The Food Business Egg Guide provides advice for food businesses about how to handle eggs safely. The guide outlines minimum requirements and best practice recommendations to assist food businesses to sell safe food.

The guide also highlights the risks associated with foods that contain raw eggs and strongly recommends that businesses do not sell food that contains raw egg. Food that contains raw egg has been implicated in a number of food poisoning outbreaks in the ACT and elsewhere. Businesses have been prosecuted for selling unsafe raw egg products.

 

Information for Temporary and Market Food Stalls

The Food Stall Guidelines help food businesses and individuals who operate temporary food stalls at markets, fetes and festivals.

We also recommend not-for-profit organisations follow the requirements set out in this guide.

Please visit the Selling Food at Events page to access information for event specific food safety information.

The guidelines do not apply to operators of registered mobile food vans or sellers of food for animals.

You can also access the guideline in the following languages:

Please note: the translated guidelines do not reflect legislative changes to the registration requirements for food stalls. Please disregard the registration information on pages 1 and 2 of the translations. Current registration requirements are in the English version of the Guidelines.Please call 13 14 50 if you need the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS).

Page last updated on: 7 May 2019