It is important that anyone working in the food industry, handling or selling food for charity or community events, makes sure food sold is safe and suitable to eat.

All food businesses have a legal responsibility to comply with the Food Act 2008 (external site), Food Regulations 2009 (external site) and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (external site) including Chapter 3; Food Safety Standards (external site).

The following resources will help you to understand food laws and practice safe food handling to help you to run or work in a food business.

For resources to support local government Food Act authorised officers, food safety auditors, laboratories and analysts refer to Environmental Health practitioners. 

Review of the Food Act 2008

The Department of Health has conducted a review of the Food Act 2008. Find out more about the Review of the Food Act 2008.