Food Handling

NSW has around 50,000 food businesses, including bakeries, B&Bs, beekeepers, butchers, canteens, charity groups, delicatessens, health food shops, home delivery services, hotel/motel operations, kiosks, licensed clubs, food manufacturers and packers, pharmacies, pubs, restaurants, service stations, street vendors, takeaways, food transporters and wineries (source: Notification and Food Safety Information System, NSW Health)

The NSW food service and retail food industries are regulated by the Food Standards Code which sets out the standards for food and food businesses.

The Food Standards Code also requires businesses which sell any sort of food to be either licensed or to notify the Authority of its details (there are significant fines for failing to be notified).

Since establishment in April 2004, the NSW Food Authority’s work in these industries comprises inspections of notified businesses to verify compliance with the Food Standards Code.

Guidelines to improve the food safety of temporary food events and reduce red tape are available below  “Food Handling Guidelines for Temporary Events” covers markets and special food events across NSW.

NSW Food Authority Website

Food Safety Guidelines for Stall Holders

Food Temperature Monitoring Form

Food Handling Guide for Temporary Events

Scores on Doors hygiene program


Related Pages


Food Safety

Food premises are regularly inspected to ensure compliance with relevant legislation.


NSW Food Business Notification

National food law, Food Safety Standard 3.2.2, requires that all food businesses in NSW notify the NSW Food Authority (the Authority) of their food activity details, unless those businesses are already licensed by the Authority.


Scores on Doors hygiene program

Murrumbidgee Council participates in the Scores on Doors hygiene program.