Food Regulations and Monitoring

Food regulations 

All food business in Australia must comply with national regulations and standards. The Food Act 2008, Food Regulations 2009, and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code set the requirements for food businesses in Australia.

Food businesses in Cockburn must comply with these regulations and monitoring. All food businesses must be registered with the City of Cockburn. For more information refer to setting up a food business. The City’s Health Services undertake regular monitoring of businesses and groups who sell food to the public to make sure they comply with legislation. The City also provides education and training on safe food handling.

Food monitoring

The City’s Health Services:

  • Carry out unannounced hygiene assessments of all food businesses on a regular basis
  • Collect evidence of breaches of the food legislation and instigate legal action where necessary
  • Sample locally produced foods and compare results to National Standards
  • Investigate complaints about food and food handling practices
  • Provide Safe Food Handler Training Sessions for food handlers - these sessions provide a refresher in the basics of essential food hygiene skills and knowledge
  • Provide support to local food businesses implementing the Environmental Health Australia "Food Safe" Food Handler Training Program.

Safe food handler training

Under current legislation, all food handlers need to have adequate food safety skills and knowledge when employed in a commercial kitchen. To find out more refer to the food handling and training page.

More information and contact

Please contact the Health Services Department for more information on food regulations and monitoring on 08 9411 3444 or at [email protected]



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