Issues such as buildings and grounds, and essential services maintenance.
Yes, if your school uses a canteen.
All food premises, including schools, must demonstrate that food is safe to eat in accordance with the Food Act 1984 (Vic) (amended in 1997). From 1 July 2010, a new state-wide food premises classification system, and associated changes to regulatory requirements, applies to all food premises operating in Victoria.
Registered food businesses must prepare and lodge a food safety program with the relevant municipal council at the time of registration and re-registration.
School canteens are regarded as Class 2 food premises. Class 2 food premises must prepare a food safety program based on a template (refer to the DHS links).
It is important that buildings such as the canteen, that are to be used to prepare food, are registered with the municipal council and built and designed so that the food can be prepared safely and efficiently. Contact your local council environmental health officer for details on building requirements for permanent food-handling premises and facilities.
You may be in breach of the Food Act 1984 (Vic). Penalties could be imposed.
- Vic DET: School Policy and Advisory Guide – Safe Food handling
- Vic DET: School Policy and Advisory Guide – Canteen Operations
- Vic DET: Healthy Canteens
- Vic DET: Healthy Canteen Kit
- DHS: Food Safety – Victorian Government Health Information, Australia
- DHS: Food Safety – Food Safety Training, Skills and Knowledge (includes food safety supervisor requirements)
- Victorian School Canteen Association
- Food Safety Unit: email@example.com, hotline: 1300 364 352 (toll-free)
- Your local Council Environmental Health Officer (info)