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Food Safety Training

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Why is food safety important?
Estimates of foodborne illness within Australia are 5.4 million cases per year (14,800 cases per day), with about 120 deaths annually. The cost of these levels of foodborne disease is estimated to be $1.2 billion per year (Department of Health and Ageing, unpublished).

The social consequences of foodborne disease include both temporary and serious chronic illness and even death.

Why is food safety training important?
Studies and research have concluded that the completion of food safety training assists and individual in improving food safety work practices in the workplace.

The provisions of the Queensland Food Act 2006 (Food Safety Standards) require that:
  • All persons undertaking food handling operations have appropriate skills and knowledge in food safety matters (accredited or non-accredited training); and
  • All licensable food businesses require a food safety supervisor (accredited training only)
 


Food Handler Business Training
Council offers free, face-to-face food handler training sessions to food businesses, their staff, charitable organisations and their volunteers operating within the Sunshine Coast Council region upon request.

Online program
You can complete the online training program  provided through I’m ALERT.The program is easy to follow and includes a presentation and quizzes. You can complete parts of the training modules at any time. However, to be eligible for a certificate you must complete the whole training program in one sitting. You can print the certificate and keep it as part of your staff records. If you only complete some of the training modules you can print out a training acknowledgement form. This provides a record of the modules you completed during that sitting. The system will not remember this the next time you enter the training.

If you do not have access to a computer or the internet at work or at home, you can book a computer at one of council's libraries