Food Safety Supervisor

High levels of both food borne illness and increasing numbers of consumer complaints within the food service industry have prompted the introduction of new legislation from the NSW Food Authority

The new legislation requires certain food businesses to have at least one trained food safety supervisor per food premises (not per business).
The food safety supervisor requirement will initially apply to businesses serving food that is:

  • Ready to eat

  • Potentially hazardous

  • Not sold and serviced in its package.

Examples of businesses included in the introduction of the legislation are:

  • Restaurants

  • Cafe

  • Takeaway shops

  • Caterers

  • Bakeries

  • Pubs

  • Clubs

  • Hotels

  • Supermarket hot food sales.

Food businesses that do not fall within the above parameters will commence at a later date.

Each appointed food safety supervisor will need to receive training in nationally recognised units of competency and hold a food safety supervisor certificate.

For further information, visit, call the helpline on 1300 552 406, or email


Food Safety Supervisor Recertification Training

Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) certificates will expire from 1 September 2015. Under the NSW Food Act 2003, FSS certificates are current for five years from date of issue. To assist an FSS with re-certification, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) approved by the NSW Food Authority (the Food Authority) are offering training on food safety issues currently affecting the NSW hospitality and retail food service sector.

Based on an analysis of compliance statistics and microbiological surveys on food safety in the retail food service sector, the Food Authority found that poor performance in three key areas – allergen management, handling eggs safely, and cleaning and sanitising – often contributed to foodborne illness outbreaks. As a result, recertification training has been designed to enhance knowledge in these key areas.

Food businesses have 30 working days, from the date of expiry of the FSS certificate to make sure their appointed FSS participates in recertification training and obtains a new FSS certificate. By doing so, they will continue to promote and support a highly skilled and compliant retail food sector in NSW.

For further information, visit, call the helpline on 1300 552 406, or email