National Food Safety Standard

The National Food Safety Standard, 3.2.2A – Food Safety Management Tools have been introduced across Australia to reduce the rate of
foodborne illnesses linked to poor handling of food in certain food service, retail and catering food businesses.

If your business is captured by the standard, you must implement the these requirements.

The standard introduces three food safety management tools for businesses that handle unpackaged, potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat foods. 

The three tools include the following requirements:

  1. Complete food handler training or demonstrate skills and knowledge in safe food handling practices
  2. Appoint a qualified food safety supervisor 
  3. Show that your food is safe.

For more detailed information about the standard visit  Food Safety Management Tools for Food Businesses.

Why is there a new standard?

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation noted that the highest proportion of foodborne illness outbreaks in Australia were linked to food service, catering and retail food businesses. After extensive consultation with industry, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) developed and approved Standard 3.2.2A, which will ensure food handlers have appropriate skills and knowledge and key food safety controls are adequately managed.

Frequently asked questions

The Department of Health website provides answers to Food Safety Management Tools FAQs.

Food Safety Supervisor training

Food businesses are required to appoint a Food Safety Supervisor if they handle unpackaged potentially hazardous food that:

  • Is used in the preparation of ready-to-eat food to be served to a consumer; or
  • Is ready-to-eat food intended for retail sale by that business.

To find out about more about the requirements and a list of training organisations that provide Food Safety Supervisor Training visit the Department of Health website.

FoodSafe Online training

It is a requirement under the Food Act 2008 that any person handling food for the public must demonstrate adequate experience or training.

All food businesses, community groups and charities are provided with access to the free online food safety training course.

Visit FoodSafe Online to access the training and use the code FSAUGMR317 at the checkout to remove associated cost. 

Upon completion, the course will generate a certificate as proof of completion.

More information and contact

Please contact the Environmental Health team on (08) 9780 5255 or email [email protected]

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