Food safety and licensing

Are all food businesses required to have a Food Safety Supervisor?

Yes. All licensed food businesses, with the exemption of water carters, are required to nominate a Food Safety Supervisor (FSS). A FSS is required to take a lead role in supervising food safety in the food business.

Apart from holding the required competencies, they must also:

  • Have the ability to supervise food handling practices in the food business
  • Be reasonably available at all times the food business is operating
  • Have the authority to supervise and give instructions to food handlers

Anyone, including the business owner, licence holder and employees can be a FSS provided they meet the required competencies and the above criteria. The minimum competencies apply regardless of whether the business has a food safety program.

For further information regarding competency requirements please visit QLD Health's Food Safety Supervisor page.

For more information on nationally recognised training and registered training organisations visit

Licensees are required to notify Council's Environmental Health Services of the details of their FSS within 30 days of the licence being issued. They must also notify Environmental Health Services of any changes to their FSS or their contact details within 14 days of the change.

Application to Amend or Notify Food Safety Supervisor