It is important that you take the time to read the requirements of the Food Act 2008, the Food Regulations 2009 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Chapter three of the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code outlines the structural requirements your business must meet, as well as highlighting the essential food handling and staff hygiene practices that must be followed to ensure the safe production of food. The City also has a food business guide to summarise relevant requirements for start-up food businesses.
It is the legal responsibility of every food business to ensure their food handlers have adequate food safety skills and knowledge. There are different programs available to help businesses meet their food safety legislative responsibilities:
The City of Stirling highly recommends taking the free online food safety training course, I’m Alert. The course takes approximately one and a half hours to complete all 20 food safety training modules. Once finished, food handlers can print their Certificate of Completion.
To find out more information or to access the course, please visit the I’m Alert website.
FoodSafe is an in-house training program developed by Environmental Health Australia to establish and document basic food hygiene practices and train food handlers.
When following this program, your business will be required to appoint a FoodSafe coordinator who will be the trainer and the first point of contact for the FoodSafe program. Once the program is established, an internal and external audit of your business is undertaken. Upon completion of the FoodSafe program, the City of Stirling will issue a FoodSafe certificate and window sticker.
Please note, this program does not meet the requirements of a regulatory food safety program for high-risk sectors. Examples of high-risk sectors include aged-care homes and day-care centres.
For more information on the FoodSafe program or products, please visit the EHA website.
Once all operational approvals from relevant bodies have been secured, you must by law complete and submit a Food Premises Notification Form to the City prior to starting business operations. When you submit your application, you must supply the following documents and information:
- Scaled floor plans showing the position of all fixtures and equipment
- Scaled sectional elevation plans showing the position of all fixtures and equipment
- Information on all wall, floor and ceiling finishes
- An indication of hot and cold water supply and wastewater services
- Location and details of toilet facilities
- Mechanical exhaust ventilation and grease traps (where applicable)
- Information on bin storage enclosures and wash down facilities.
If your business is planning to serve alcohol, you are required by law to hold and display a section 39 and/or section 40 certificate.
To obtain a section 39 and/or section 40 certificate an applicant must provide the City with:
- A written request for a section 39 and/or section 40 certificate, including the name and address of the premises and the contact details of the applicant
- A copy of the completed liquor licence application form, which you get from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
- A plan detailing the extent of the licensed area
- The $100.00 application fee.
Once received, your application will be assessed in accordance with the legislative and scheme requirements.
Section 39 certificate applications may require a site visit from an environmental health officer and in some circumstances an application to commence development (development approval) may be required prior to a section 40 certificate being issued.
For more information relating to section 39 and 40 certificates, please phone our Customer Contact Centre. For more information on liquor licence applications, please visit the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor website.