Food safety programs

In Queensland, some food businesses are required to have a food safety program accredited by their local government (that's us).  There are large penalties for not having an accredited food safety program if your business is included in the list of licensable food businesses required to have an accredited food safety program, below.

  1. The primary activity of the food business is on‐site catering at the premises, or part of the premises, stated in the licence (refer to Food safety fact sheet 22 ).
  1. The food business is carried on as part of the operations of a private hospital or otherwise processes or serves potentially hazardous food to six or more vulnerable persons (refer to Food safety fact sheet 23 ).  Examples include private hospitals, aged care homes and child care centres.

Other food businesses that are not required to have a food safety program may choose to apply for accreditation of a food safety program (refer to Food safety fact sheet 24).

A food safety program must:

  • systematically identify the food safety hazards that are reasonably likely to occur in food handling operations of the food business
  • identify where, in a food handling operation of the food business, each hazard identified can be controlled and the means of control
  • provide for the systematic monitoring of the means of control
  • provide for appropriate corrective action to be taken when a hazard identified is not under control
  • provide for the regular review of the program to ensure it is appropriate for the food business
  • provide for the keeping of appropriate records for the food business, including records about action taken to ensure the business is carried on in compliance with the program
  • contain other information, relating to the control of food safety hazards, prescribed under a regulation.


Accredited food safety programs must be audited by a Queensland Health approved auditor.


Related information

Food safety fact sheet 22: Food safety programs for caterers

Food safety fact sheet 23: Food safety programs for vulnerable persons

Food safety fact sheet 24: Choosing to have a food safety program

Food safety fact sheet 25: Choosing an auditor

Food safety fact sheet 26: Complying with a food safety program

Register of auditors approved by Queensland Health