Food safety is very important and we work to avoid safety issues wherever we can.
Every food business in Glenorchy is regularly visited by Environmental Health Officers. They check each business serves safe food by the law.
- regularly inspect food businesses to make sure they follow the Food Act 2003
- scientifically sample food to check it is safe to eat
- provide food safety information
- take part in the School Food Matters ‘SmartFood Program’
- investigate when people eat food that makes them sick
- give food safety training to people through our online food safety training tool (external link).
New Food Safety Standard coming in 2023
A new National Food Safety Standard applying in Tasmania will begin on 8 December 2023.
The Standard introduces new requirements for food service, catering, and retail business that handle unpackaged, read-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods. It introduces three ‘tools’ for certain food service, caterer and retail businesses:
- food handler training requirements
- appoint a food safety supervisor
- record keeping of key safe food handling practices
Relevant businesses will receive an email outlining which of the new requirements apply to their business and the actions they need to take to comply by 8 December 2023. Glenorchy City Council Environmental Health Officers will also discuss them with you over the coming months during routine food safety inspections.
Food Safety Supervisor (FFS) Training Courses
The Tasmanian Department of Health website includes the following information for finding an FSS course:
- TasTAFE is an RTO offering FSS training in Tasmania in a mixed format (online with face-to-face assessment):
- Various RTOs offering online-only courses are listed on the NSW Food Authority and SA Health websites:
- Alternatively, search for training courses or RTOs via the National Training Register:
If you have completed training in the past 5 years, review your Statement of Attainment/certificate to see if you have already completed the required units with an RTO.
For more information: health.tas.gov.au/food-safety-supervisor
Important ways to keep food safe include:
- safe temperatures for cooking and storage
- keeping food areas clean
- stopping cross contamination
- washing hands.
To make selling food safe for everybody there are rules that businesses must follow when it comes to food labelling. You need to consider how you will package and label your food, as people buying your food need to know what’s in it.
View the food labelling information sheet.
If you want to sell food from a building in the Glenorchy area, you need to apply for a fixed premises licence and pay a fee.
- We will let you know what the registration fee is when you apply to register your food business.
- We need to inspect your kitchen, please get in touch to organise a time.
- If you want to build a new kitchen, we have some helpful advice in our food business construction guide (PDF).
- If you are taking over an existing business that sells food, it is a good idea to get us to have a look before you buy. There is a fee, but it could save you money because we will tell you if there are any problems. When you buy a business that sells food, these problems will become your problem.
- Whether you are taking over an existing food business, you will need to fill in our application forms because you can’t use the old food business licence.
To register a mobile food business, you need to apply for a licence and pay a fee.
- View the application form (PDF)
- View the Food Premises section in the Schedule of Fees and Charges (PDF)
- If you have a business that moves around, such as a food van or a food stall, you need to contact your home council, which is the council area where you store your food and cooking equipment.
- If this is in the Glenorchy area, we will need to inspect your setup.
If you are having a barbeque to raise money for your sports team or charity on a given day, or a market or event that runs for a few weeks or even months, you need to apply for a short-term licence and pay a fee.
For information on how to set up your temporary food business, you can view the Department of Health and Human Service’s stall and equipment guide.
If your business no longer requires a food license (due to closure or change of use) please notify the Environmental Health department of the change. You can email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your Environmental Health Officer at Council.
Please note food business licenses are NOT transferable.
You may be eligible for a partial refund on your registration. Talk to your Environmental Health Officer and complete the refund form.
Change of ownership
If you are taking over an existing business that sells food, it is a good idea to get us to have a look before you buy. There is a fee, but it could save you money because we will tell you if there are any problems. When you buy a business that sells food, these problems will become your problem.
If you are taking over an existing food business, you will need to fill in our application forms because you can’t use the old food business licence.