Food safety is an important contributor to the health and wellbeing of the community. The Council has a responsibility to assist food business operators in complying with the relevant food hygiene standards under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and the Food Act 2003.
OPENING OR PURCHASING A FOOD BUSINESS
If you are considering operating a food business within the Central Coast municipal area and would like to know all the requirements, please download the Food Business Information Pack . This information package is designed to help new food business owners understand the legal requirements associated with running a food business. You will also need to contact the Council’s Environmental Health Officer (EHO) prior to opening your food business to arrange a kitchen inspection and to ensure you are correctly registered in accordance with the relevant legislation.
The following fact sheets also include valuable information for new food business operators:
Food premises design and construction
Food temperature log sheets
Food Labelling Information
Country of origin food labelling
Conditions under which food may be sold at Markets and Street Stalls
FOOD BUSINESS APPLICATION FORM
Food business application form for all businesses including:
- Notifications (sale of uncut vegetables, honey or any other non-processed food)
- Mobile food businesses (stalls/vans/trailers etc.)
- Mixed food business (shop/home/commercial kitchen etc.)
If you want to operate a Temporary Food Business (for example a sausage sizzle or farmers market stall), you have the following registration options:
- One day event – if you are operating a food stall for no more than one day.
- Two to four day event – if you plan to run your stall for more than one day, for example over a weekend.
ROADSIDE VENDING APPLICATION FORM
Application form to set up or use a stall, stand or vehicle on a public street.
FOOD SAFETY TRAINING
Do you and your staff have the skills and knowledge required to ensure safe food for your customers? It is the responsibility of a Food Business to ensure that all food sold is safe and suitable.
FREE Online Food Safety Training can be accessed here and only takes a few hours to complete.
This training package is delivered in multiple languages and is recommended by the Tasmanian Government, Department of Health and will assist you and your staff to develop the skills and knowledge required to ensure safe food for your customers and to comply with your obligations under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Most sections include a quiz, and a Food Safety Training Certificate can be printed upon completing.
FOOD SAFETY SUPERVISOR
From December 2023, certain food services and food retail businesses in Tasmania will be required to appoint at least one trained Food Safety Supervisor (FSS).
FSS requirements apply to food businesses that handle food that is:
- Potentially hazardous
- Ready-to-eat, and
- Sold direct to the consumer or for immediate consumption.
Council’s Environmental Health Officer will be able to advise if you require a Food Safety Supervisor.
For more information, visit the Department of Health website by clicking here.
OTHER RELEVANT WEBSITES
Department of Health and Human Services – http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/
Food Standards Australia New Zealand – http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/
Food Safety Information Council – http://www.foodsafety.asn.au/
Oz Food Net – OzFoodNet network