Food businesses

Regulations governing food businesses in Randwick

Local Councils across NSW entered into a partnership agreement with the NSW Food Authority in 2008/2009 to undertake a range of responsibilities and to administer the provisions of the NSW Food Act 2003.

Council food inspections

Randwick City Council undertakes inspections of all premises that sell and handle food to ensure compliance with:

There are more than 640 permanent food businesses operating in the Randwick local government area. Food premises inspections are undertaken by Councils Environmental Health Officers, their role is to protect the health and safety of the community by ensuring that food stored, prepared and sold to the public is safe to consume.

Our role in enforcing food laws

Council has an educational and regulatory role in enforcing the food laws. Council officers have a number of options when dealing with breaches of the food laws, ranging from a verbal direction to court proceedings or closure of the business, depending on the nature and extent of the breach.

Maintaining adequate standards of food safety and preventing a potential food poisoning incident is of significant importance to business operators and the general community. All food businesses must maintain the highest standard of food safety at all times.

If a food business does not comply with the relevant requirements and standards, Council officers may take one or more of the following actions:

  • Issue a verbal or written direction to undertake specified work or to do other things to comply with the requirements and standards
  • Issue a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN is an on-the-spot fine).
  • Commence legal action in the Local Court.
  • Issue an Improvement Notice to require work to be done within a specified period.
  • Issue a Prohibition Order to require the mandatory closure of a business until a further inspection discloses a satisfactory outcome. A Prohibition Order can also apply to an unsatisfactory food vehicle or a specific appliance.
  • Seize item(s) of food which are considered unsafe for human consumption.
  • Issue a Notice and Order under Section 124 of the Local Government Act 1993.

Food premises construction and fit-out guide

As a guide you can refer to the Food premises design, construction and fit-out guide PDF, 4515.35 KB produced by the Southeast Queensland Food Safety and Public Health Working group. This document interprets AS 4674 and FSANZ 'Food Standards Code' requirements for shops and food premises, construction and set up.

Free Food Handler workshops

Council's environmental health officers hold a Free Food Handler Workshop for any person who works in a food premise or runs a food business located within the Randwick City Council local government area.

The workshop provides an introductory overview of food safety, the relevant legislation, common food hygiene issues and how to best comply.

If you are interested in attending please contact one of our environmental health officers on 9093 6973 or email to reserve your place.

A maximum of two participants from each food business is requested per workshop.

Dates for the up and coming workshops:

Monday 20 June 20225.30pm to 8.00pmRandwick Room located in the Council Administration building
(entry off Frances Street)
Monday 5 September 202210.00am to 12.30pmRandwick Room located in the Council Administration building
(entry off Frances Street)

Monday 7 November 2022

5.30pm to 8.00pmRandwick Room located in the Council Administration building
(entry off Frances Street)

Please note this is not the accredited course to obtain your Food Safety Supervisor Certificate (detailed below)

Food Safety Supervisor

Most food businesses must appoint an accredited Food Safety Supervisor in accordance with the Food Act and notify Council accordingly. A Food Safety Supervisor helps the business comply with the relevant food safety requirements and standards at all times.

For more information on the Food Safety Supervisor requirements please visit NSW Food Authority.

Last Updated: 25 October 2022
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