Food safety supervisors

All registered food businesses in the ACT must appoint a food safety supervisor, including businesses operating at a declared event.

Food safety 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 Training and Resources page or contact the Health Protection Service on 02 5124 9700 or hps@act.gov.au.

Notification of Food Safety Supervisors

New food businesses have 30 days following registration to appoint a food safety supervisor and notify the Health Protection Service. 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 Selling Food at Events page for more information.

I’M ALERT online food safety training can be accessed from the Food Safety Training and Resources page.

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: 11 Jun 2019