Food safety

We have approximately 1000 food premises located within our council area, including community and charity organisations, restaurants, hotels, cafes, bakeries, supermarkets, child care centres and hospitals.

Our Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) ensure that food businesses within the City of Onkaparinga operate in accordance with the Food Act 2001, Food Regulations 2002 and Food Safety Standards. They achieve this by conducting routine inspections of food businesses, audit food safety plans, investigate food complaints and food poisoning incidents and provide information presentations on a regular basis.

Both ANZFS and SA Health provide a wide range of fact sheets and resources to help business operators to understand and comply with the food safety requirements. 

A copy of the inspection form used by Environmental Health Officers in assessing business food safety practices is available. You can use this to check that you are addressing all key food safety issues. Based on your inspection result eligible food businesses will be awarded a star rating in the SA Health Food Safety Rating Scheme.

Under section 11 of the Food Regulations 2002, councils can impose an inspection fee for the carrying out of any food inspection or audit. Please refer to the Schedule of fees which is determined by the risk level of the food business (see page 9 for food inspection fees).

What is a food business?

A food business is any business that handles or sells any type of food for sale, with the exception of some primary industry activities. Manufacturers, restaurants, take-aways and supermarkets are clearly food businesses. Less obvious food businesses include bed and breakfast establishments, food stalls at fetes, cold stores, service stations and cinemas that sell packaged food and food provided under a contract of service such as supper served at a dinner dance or lunch served at a staff canteen.

Food business notification form

It is a requirement that all food businesses within the council area complete and return a Food Business Notification Form before commencing any food handling operations. This information will ensure we have correct and up to date contact details, location and the nature of the food business. The form is only required to be completed once, unless the details of the food business change.

PDF icon png Food Business Notification Form (241K)

sausage sizzleSausage Sizzles

Sausage sizzles and barbecues are a popular way to raise money for charities and community organisations. Before operating a Sausage Sizzle, you must notify the council of your event.

Please complete the online notification form.

You will be provided with an email acknowledgement, which can be used as proof of registration. Please keep a copy of this for your records.

Temporary food events (excluding sausage sizzles)

Temporary food premises are structures set up for a specific, occasional event such as a fete or fair where the cost of providing premises to a permanent standard is unnecessary for food safety. Please refer to our Temporary Food Premises fact sheet for further information.

Before operating a temporary food stall, please complete the online Temporary Food Event Notification, which will notify the Environmental Health team of your event. If you have any questions, please send an email to or phone us on 8384 0666.

Information to operate a food business from home

Are you wanting to operate a food business from your home. There are still requirements under the Food Act that you will need to follow. View the information sheet (509K).

Cleaning and Sanitising and your Food Business Requirements

Cleaning and Sanitising your food business is a requirement under the Food Act. For information on how to clean and sanitise your food business effectively, view the fact sheet (456K).

Charities and community groups

Charities and community groups or any other group that sell food or provide food as part of a service that is paid for are considered to be a food business for the purpose of the Food Act 2001 and are required to comply with the requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The Code allows a number of exemptions for charities and community groups. Please visit the Department of Health web site for further information regarding charity and community groups.

Food safety programs

Food Safety Standard 3.3.1 ‘Food Safety Programs for Food Services to Vulnerable Persons' requires businesses that serve food to vulnerable persons to implement an audited food safety program. This standard applies to hospitals, aged care facilities, child care centres and delivered meals organisations.

To assist businesses to develop their own food safety program, the Department of Health has developed a food safety plan template for hospitals, aged care facilities and child care centres.

We have three nationally accredited food safety auditors approved by the Department of Health. For further information on food safety programs or to arrange an audit of a food business within the City of Onkaparinga, please contact the environment health team on (08) 8384 0628.

Food safetyFREE online food safety training

The City of Onkaparinga takes food hygiene within our city very seriously. All food businesses have obligations and the City of Onkaparinga is assisting food businesses to meet these obligations by providing free access to this exciting new training tool.

There is a high demand for training within the food sector. This training will assist food handlers in developing the required skills and knowledge to ensure food is handled in a safe and hygienic manner.

The program is easy to follow, includes an entertaining presentation as well as interactive quizzes. A training acknowledgement form can be printed upon completion and be kept as a part of your staff records.

View the FREE Online Food Safety Training now.

FREE food safety information sessions

The environmental health team conduct regular food safety information sessions for food handlers to increase their skills and knowledge. Sessions are conducted at the Noarlunga council office or may be arranged to be conducted at the food business dependant on numbers. A certificate of attendance is provided to all food handlers that attend the full 3 hour session.

The environmental health team can visit year 12 high school students to conduct food hygiene and safety presentations. Many students have part-time jobs in the food industry and may also go on to become chefs or have other such professions in the hospitality industry. This presentation lasts for approximately two hours and includes a power point presentation, hand washing experiment, growth of bacteria demonstration (upon request) and a short DVD.

Contact the environmental health team on (08) 8384 0666 or email to make a booking for the next scheduled food information session or to arrange a presentation at your school.

Dates for 2019 are as follows: 

  • Monday 4 March
  • Monday 22 July
  • Monday 25 November

PDF icon png Food Safety Information Sessions 2019 (272K)

Food safety in the home

It is important to remember that it is not only food prepared in commercial kitchens that can make you ill if not handled correctly. Whether you are cooking for a special occasion or just the nightly family dinner, there are still some basic food safety and hygiene requirements you need to follow.

Food poisoning

Food poisoning is an illness generally caused by eating food contaminated with harmful bacteria or viruses. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, fever and dizziness. Many people suspect the last meal they ate as the cause of their illness, however, dependant on the type and amount of bacteria consumed, in most cases the symptoms develop one to five days after eating the contaminated food.

It is important to visit your doctor if you suspect you have contracted food poisoning. You may be required to provide a faecal specimen (bowel movement) for microbiological analysis. This will confirm whether food poisoning bacteria was the cause for the illness.

If you have remaining food that you suspect was the cause of your symptoms, keep the food covered and stored in the refrigerator. Retain the original packaging and the receipt if you have one.

Once the doctor has diagnosed and confirmed a food borne illness, the Department of Health are notified and an investigation may be conducted to identify the source.

Further information

Food safety fact sheets can be obtained from the Department of Health or from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). For further enquiries please contact the Environmental Health team on (08) 8384 0628.