Food Safety Management Tools - Western Australia


Food service, catering and related retail businesses in Australia need to meet food safety requirements outlined in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code).

Standard 3.2.2A is a food safety standard for these types of businesses that aims to improve food safety and support consumer confidence.

There are three food safety management tools in the new standard:

  • Food Safety Supervisor (FSS)
  • food handler training
  • showing food is safe (managing prescribed provisions).  

All affected food businesses (category one and two businesses) must appoint a Food Safety Supervisor and implement food handler training. Category one businesses must also be able to show that their food is safe.

Category one businesses are food businesses that:

  • process (includes chopping, cooking, drying, fermenting, heating, thawing and washing) unpackaged, potentially hazardous foods into potentially hazardous food that is ready to eat
  • serves that food direct to the consumer, whether consumed at the food premises or elsewhere.

Examples of category one businesses include (but are not limited to):

  • restaurants and cafes
  • fast food outlets and takeaways
  • caterers
  • hospitals and aged care
  • childcare centres
  • school canteens
  • family day care
  • bakeries
  • mobile food vendors
  • market stalls
  • some service stations, supermarkets and delis that make and serve food such as sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads, meat dishes, and cooked chickens.

Category two businesses are food businesses that:

  • sell ready to eat potentially hazardous food to the consumer
  • handle the food unpackaged but do not make or process it (other than slicing, weighing, repacking, reheating or hot-holding).

Examples of category two businesses include (but are not limited to):

  • some supermarkets
  • some service stations
  • some delis
  • seafood retailers
  • butchers
  • some market stalls
  • some service stations
  • convenience stores that handle (but do not process / make) unpackaged potentially hazardous food.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Act(s) name

Food Act 2008 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Food Regulations 2009 Western Australia

Administering agency

Department of Health

Contact details

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