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Food safety supervisors


A food safety supervisor is responsible for monitoring food safety in a food business.

All licensable food businesses in Queensland must have a food safety supervisor to help ensure safe food is produced. Your food safety supervisor needs to be ‘reasonably available’. This means they need to be onsite or able to be contacted by Council or your employees while they are handling food.


Who can be a food safety supervisor?

A food safety supervisor needs to have skills and knowledge about food safety and hygiene and be able to identify, prevent and correct food safety hazards. They also need to be able to supervise other staff and give directions about food safety issues.


Does a food safety supervisor need training?

It is recommended that your food safety supervisor completes a training course conducted by a registered training organisation (RTO), (e.g. Tafe, college or private provider). You can find a RTO at or enter the keywords ‘food safety supervisor training’ in a search engine. Find out more about food safety supervisor training and competency standards in Queensland Health's food safety supervisors fact sheet.


How do I nominate my food safety supervisor?

Once your food business licence has been granted, you have 30 days to provide your food safety supervisor’s name and contact details. If your food safety supervisor or their contact details change, you also need to notify Council.