Food Safety Supervisor

The food safety supervisor requirement applies to all businesses serving food that is: 

  • Ready to eat
  • Potentially hazardous, and 
  • Not sold and served in its package.

The food safety supervisor must undertake recognised training by a registered training organisation. A list of all registered training organisation can be found on the NSW Food Authority website. For further information, refer to the NSW Food Authority's Guide for Businesses.


The food safety supervisor requirement currently does not apply to businesses licensed by NSW Food Authority or:

  •  Coffee vendors that only heat milk 
  • Not-for-profit community and charitable causes 
  • School canteens (primary and secondary) 
  • Boarding schools 
  • Children’s services (child care centres)
  • Out of school hours care services 
  • Correctional centres 
  • Supermarkets if heated food is not sold 
  • Food businesses that only do one or more of the following activities: 
  • Slice fermented meats or smallgoods (or both);
  • Slice or portion cheese (or both);
  • Process raw seafood; or 
  • Slice or portion fruit or vegetables (or both), which is ready-to-eat food.

A food safety supervisor certificate is issued by a Registered Training Organisation in addition to an academic transcript. The certificate is valid for a period of five years. It is a legal requirement that all businesses keep a copy of the Food Safety Supervisor Certificate on the premises and produce it for inspection when requested by an authorised officer.