Food safety and licensing

Does Council provide free food hygiene training?

Each year Council's Environmental Health Services run Basic Food Hygiene Courses. The aim of these courses is to provide participants with food hygiene skills and knowledge that satisfies the requirements of the FSANZ: Food Standard Code.

It is recommended that all food handlers involved with a food business and community organisation who have not undertaken any training in food hygiene attend a course. Courses continue to be free of charge and are held throughout the region. Please view our Food Hygiene Course listing for all courses and locations for the upcoming year. Please be advised that there must be a minimum of 15 participants for the session to go ahead. If there is an inadequate number of participants, those that have contacted Council will be notified the week prior to the scheduled session of its cancellation.

Topics covered in these courses include: legislation, personal hygiene, temperature management, preventing food poisoning, cleaning, sanitising and lots more.

In addition Council will hold Basic Food Hygiene Courses at alternative dates and times suitable to individual organisations or businesses (minimum of 15 people required to attend).

Note: This training is seperate to that which is required for a food premises' Food Safety Supervisor.

To arrange a booking, or to obtain further information please contact Council's Community & Environment Administration Services on 1300 883 699.

I'm Alert - online food safety course

For those extra busy people who can't make one of the scheduled courses, Council offers a free online food hygiene course called I'm Alert.

Food safety and hygiene is an important issue which is why Council has made a free online training course available for all residents.

The I'm Alert Food Safety interactive online training course is equivalent in scope to a two day consultant delivered program and has been developed by qualified and experienced Environmental Health professionals.

All food businesses have obligations relating to food safety and this training tool can help them achieve these goals.

The interactive, logical and easy learning format assists business owners and staff to develop the skills and knowledge required to ensure safe food for customers and to comply with obligations under the Food Safety Standards for Australia.

The program is easy to follow, includes an entertaining presentation as well as quizzes and includes subjects covering contamination of food, storage, processing, display, packaging and transportation.

The hygiene and health of persons who handle food, cleanliness, cleaning and sanitising and animals and pests are other issues covered in the course.

Following completion of the program a training acknowledgement form can be printed which forms part of required food safety records.

In addition to the online course Council continues to provide free face to face food courses for people who are new to the food industry.

If you require a certificate after successful completion of this training, please ensure that you have the following before commencing the training:

  • A reliable internet connection
  • Time to complete all the training in one session (takes 1.5 - 2 hours)
  • A printer to print their own certificate

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