Issues such as buildings and grounds, and essential services maintenance.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for contacts and links

Do you need to comply?

Yes, if your school uses a canteen.

Conditions of compliance

All food premises, including schools, must demonstrate that food is safe to eat in accordance with the Food Act 1984 (Vic.) (amended in 1997). From 1 July 2010, a new state-wide food premises classification system, and associated changes to regulatory requirements, applies to all food premises operating in Victoria.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

Registered food businesses must prepare and lodge a food safety program with the relevant municipal council at the time of registration and re-registration.

School canteens are regarded as Class 2 food premises. Class 2 food premises must prepare a food safety program based on a template (refer to the DHS links).

It is important that buildings such as the canteen, that are to be used to prepare food, are registered with the municipal council and built and designed so that the food can be prepared safely and efficiently. Contact your local council environmental health officer for details on building requirements for permanent food-handling premises and facilities.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

You may be in breach of the Food Act 1984 (Vic.). Penalties could be imposed.

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Peter Roberts
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211

Kieren Noonan
School Services Advisor
Ph. 03 9825 7275

Links and Resources

External linkVic DET: School Policy and Advisory Guide – Safe Food handling

External linkVic DET: School Policy and Advisory Guide – Canteen Operations

External linkVic DET: School Canteens and other Food Services Policy

External linkVic DET: Healthy Canteens

External linkVic DET: ‘Go for your life’ Healthy Canteen Kit

External linkDHS: Food Safety – Victorian Government Health Information, Australia

External linkDHS: Food Safety – Food Safety Supervisor Requirements

External linkFoodSmart

External linkVictorian School Canteen Association

TelephoneFood Safety Hotline: 1300 364 352 (toll-free) (tel.)

InformationYour local Council Environmental Health Officer (info)