Key messages

  • Everyone who works with food is responsible for the delivery of safe food to the customer.
  • All class 1 and most class 2 food premises must have a food safety supervisor. Class 3 and class 4 premises handle lower risk foods and are not required to have a food safety supervisor.
  • All food safety supervisors must have the minimum competencies for the food sector they work in, and have a 'Statement of Attainment' before they can work as a food safety supervisor.
  • Charities and not-for-profit groups running food fundraisers are not usually required to have a food safety supervisor if they are undertaking class 2 food activities.

A food safety supervisor is someone (appointed by the owner or proprietor of a food business) who has the ability, knowledge and training to ensure all reasonable steps are being taken to identify, prevent and alleviate food-related hazards in the business. Food safety supervisors must also have the authority to ensure that other people working in a food business are handling food safely. 

Food safety supervisors must have completed the relevant, accredited food safety training for their workplace and have a ‘statement of attainment’ from a registered training organisation.

Having a food safety supervisor is mandatory for class 1 food premises and most class 2 premises, but they are not mandatory for class 3 or 4 food premises. 

There are different requirements however, for charities and not-for-profit groups organising the sale of food for charitable purposes. 

Charities or not-for-profit groups running class 2 activities are not legally required to have a food safety supervisor if:

  • those handling the food are mostly volunteers, and
  • the food activity takes place at the site for a maximum of two consecutive days at any one time.

If your class 2 food handling activities do not meet these two requirements, you must have a food safety supervisor. For more information about the training and skills requirements for food safety supervisors, go to the ‘Food safety supervisors’ section of this website.

Charities and not-for-profit groups are encouraged to nominate one person to act as their food fundraising activities coordinator. This person can ensure that all the food handlers understand how to safely handle the food. For more information on this role, see the ‘Community group temporary and mobile food premises template – Class 2’ document for download below.

Further information can also be obtained from your council environmental health officer or by contacting the Food Safety Unit via the contact details below.

Regardless of whether you are operating as a food business or a community fundraiser, everyone who works with food is responsible for the delivery of safe food to the customer.

Having a food safety supervisor is a good way to ensure that the food you sell is safe.

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