What is a Food Safety Supervisor (FSS)?

A food safety supervisor is someone who:

  • Knows how to recognise, prevent and alleviate food handling hazards at your premises;
  • Has a Statement of Attainment that shows the required food safety competencies from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). NSW Food Authority requires a FSS certificate.
  • Has the ability and authority to supervise other people handling food at the premises and ensure that food handling is done safely.

Do all employees who handle food have to complete the Food Hygiene course?

It is a mandatory requirement for all food handlers to have general food handling skills and knowledge specified in Food Standards Code.

The FSS training is an additional requirement for at least one person in certain hospitality and retail food service businesses. It does not replace the current mandatory general food handler skills and knowledge requirements for all food handlers.

Is there any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for FSS?

In NSW RPL is available for SITXFSA101 Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety, if you completed with the Coffee School.

Who can tell me what course to do?

For NSW, please click here to read the Guidelines to Food Safety Supervisor Requirements from the NSW Food Authority website. 

Does a FSS have to be at the premises all the time?

No, although it is best practice that the FSS be on the premises at all times when food handling is being undertaken. If the FSS is away the business must still maintain food safety.

State Food Safety Legislation

New South Wales



Western Australia

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