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Food safety programs for vulnerable people

Hospitals, aged care facilities and childcare facilities often have arrangements with food businesses to serve or process food on their premises or to provide meals for their patients or clients. These food businesses need to have an accredited food safety program as they are providing food for vulnerable people.

In relation to vulnerable people, the Food Act 2006 states that the following licensable food businesses must have an accredited food safety program:

  • A food business carried on as part of the operations of a private hospital licensed under the Private Health Facilities Act 1999.
  • A relevant facility* that processes or serves potentially hazardous food for at least six persons in the facility's care at a time.
  • A ready-to-eat food business* processing ready-to-eat food that:
    • includes potentially hazardous food
    • is for service to at least six persons at a time.
  • A food business whose main activity is processing ready-to-eat food for delivery (by a delivered meals organisation) - if the food:
    • includes potentially hazardous food
    • is for delivery to at least six persons at a time.

A delivered meals organisation that only delivers food is not required to have an accredited food safety program.

*Definitions of the types of food businesses and what counts as a 'relevant' facility are outlined below.

Ready to eat food business

A ready-to-eat food business is one whose principal activity is processing ready-to-eat food for service in another facility that is:

  • a relevant facility
  • a private hospital
  • a public sector hospital.

Relevant facility

A relevant facility means any of the following:

  • an aged care facility
  • a facility that provides care, including palliative care, to persons with a terminal illness
  • a day hospital licensed under the Private Health Facilities Act 1999 (part 6), that provides haemodialysis or cytotoxic infusion health services
  • a centre based service licensed under the Child Care Act 2002 (part 2), other than a school age care service under that Act
  • an approved education and care service under the Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland), other than:
    • a family day care service under that Law
    • an education and care service under that Law providing education and care primarily to children who attend school in the preparatory year or a higher year.

More information

Eligibility examples-read about situations where food safety programs for vulnerable people would be required.

Guide to Food safety programs for vulnerable people-download the relevant guide to Standard 3.3.1

Last updated: 27 October 2015