Food Handler Requirements and Training

Food handlers must possess adequate food safety skills and knowledge when preparing food for sale. Find out about training available for food handlers. 

Food handler regulation

If you're preparing food for sale, it's essential to be well-versed in food safety. 

The City’s Health Officers regularly assess food handlers' knowledge on topics such as safe food temperature, hand hygiene, stock control, and cleaning and sanitising methods. They also observe staff skills during inspections. 

New National Standard 3.2.2A of the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code

A new National Food Safety Standard, 3.2.2A – Food Safety Management Tools, has been introduced across Australia to improve food safety and prevent foodborne illness.   

Those food businesses that handle unpackaged, potentially hazardous and ready-to-eat foods will need to comply with the new standard requirements.

Check if the new standard applies to your business

Recommended training: FoodSafe® program 

The City endorses the FoodSafe® Food Handler Training Program.

Completion of this course satisfies the food handler training requirements of Standard 3.2.2A.  

This course covers: 

  • Essential food hygiene practices 

  • Strategies for ensuring the food you serve is safe. 

To enrol, visit FoodSafe Online. To receive the training component for free, use the discount code FSCBURN315. 

More information and contact 

For more details on food handling requirements visit the Food Standards website or call the City’s Health Services team at 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected].  



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