Accreditation of a food safety program - Whitsunday Regional Council - Queensland


You will need this accreditation if your:

  • food business involves off-site catering
  • primary business activity is on-site catering on the entire / part of the premises stated in your licence for more than 199 persons on more than 11 occasions in any 12-month period
  • food business that process, serves or delivers potentially hazardous food to six or more persons at a relevant facility. Relevant facility includes aged care facility, facility that provides care to persons with a terminal illness, private hospitals, childcare facility.

A food safety program is a documented system that identifies the food safety hazards in the handling of food in a food business and details the way the hazards will be controlled in that business.

An appropriate and well implemented food safety program can help a food business:

  • ensure food for sale is safe
  • manage their operations better through improved record keeping and cost control
  • demonstrate that all due diligence was exercised in the preparation and sale of food.

Once your food safety program has been accredited by the council, you need to comply with the processes outlined in your program.

A person who is not required to have an accredited food safety program may choose to apply for accreditation.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the council or local authority to identify any eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You are required to:

  • keep a copy of the accredited food safety program at the premises of the food business - this should be kept available for inspection by employees in the food business
  • organise your first compliance audit within six months of the food safety program being accredited - the audit must be conducted by an auditor approved under the Act
  • organise regular audits at the frequency specified by the council or local authority that accredited the food safety program.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $366.00

Applicant provides written advice. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $609.00

Written advice assessment and desktop assessment. Fees for 2023-24

Comply Inspection All $429.00

Compliance audit. Plus $124.00 per hour if over three hours. Fees for 2023-24

Comply Inspection All $366.00

Non conformance audit / check of food safety program. Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $271.00

Amendment fee. Fees for 2023-24


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
General All Food safety supervisors (Opens in new window)

Approval time

Within 30 days (unless further information is required)

Administering agency

Whitsunday Regional Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.