Food Safety

Requirements of the Victorian Food Act 1984.

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Do you need to comply?

Yes, under the provisions of the Food Act 1984 (Vic.).

Conditions of compliance

All food premises, including schools, must demonstrate that food is safe to eat in accordance with the Food Act 1984 (Vic.)

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. A food premises classification system is in place in Victoria. In Victoria, all food businesses are classed as either Class 1 or Class 2 food premises.

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 below).

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

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

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: Food Safety

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

External linkFoodSmart website

TelephoneFood Safety Hotline – 1300 364 352 (toll-free)

InformationYour local Council Environmental Health Officer