Requirements for Community Organisations

Eligible non-profit community organisations that sell food for fundraising purposes are exempt from the Food Act 2001, regardless of the types of food they sell.

These organisations are:

  • able to sell foods that require temperature control to keep them safe (this includes healthier options such as salads, sandwiches and soups); and
  • not required to register with the Health Protection Service or have a Food Safety Supervisor.

All organisations that serve and prepare food for the public still have a responsibility to ensure the food they sell is safe, even if they are not covered by the Food Act.  If you sell unsafe food, your organisation may be responsible for serious illness or death and charged under criminal law. You may also be subject to a civil law suit.

To assist you in preparing safe food, the Health Protection Service strongly recommends that food stalls follow the Food Stall Guidelines. This document can be found on the Food Safety Training and Resources webpage. An information sheet has also been developed to assist food stall operators in ensuring safe food handling, see below.

Please note:   All food stalls operating at declared events must register with the Health Protection Service and nominate a Food Safety Supervisor. This includes non-profit community organisations.

For more information, please refer to the FAQs document below or contact the Health Protection Service on 5124 9700 or

Requirements for community organisations FAQs

Guidelines for fundraising stalls – information sheet

Page last updated on: 6 Mar 2019