New National Food Standards

New National food standards

New standards have been introduced nationally by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to improve food safety and prevent foodborne illness in the community. 

Food businesses that handle unpackaged, potentially hazardous and ready-to-eat foods will need to comply with the new standard requirements by 8 December 2023.

The new requirements will improve food safety through skills, knowledge and supervision.

Some food businesses will be required to implement the below food safety management tools. These tools will enable food businesses to manage food safety risks more effectively to help prevent foodborne illnesses and outbreaks, loss of revenue and reputational damage.

  1. Food safety supervisors: You will need to appoint a food safety supervisor for your business.
  2. Food safety training: Your food handlers will need to show they have had food safety training.
  3. Show you are managing key food safety controls: You will need to keep records of important food safety controls or be able to demonstrate safe food handling practices. 

To help you to understand what you need to do to meet the new requirements visit

If you have any questions, contact your local government Environmental Health Services.

New Food Businesses

To register your food business in the Shire of Jerramungup, notify us of any alterations to your existing food business, or let us know you've purchased an existing business, you are required to submit a completed Food Act 2008 Registration / Notification form, show evidence of food safety training (see below for access) and pay the applicable fees.

An inspection of the premises / temporary structure / mobile food premises will need to take place prior to opening, or when ownership of an existing premises changes. Once your completed application package has been submitted, an Environmental Health Officer will contact you to commence the registration approval process.

Temporary, Mobile and Home Based Food Businesses

Temporary premises are used to sell food at an occasional event, such as a fete, fair, festival, market or show, usually lasting only a few hours. The structure is temporary, usually consisting of a marquee and is dismantled after the event.

Mobile premises are a vehicle that is permanently equipped to prepare and sell food. They're not a permanent premises and can be driven / towed from site to site. 

Both temporary and mobile food premises need to meet the same food safety requirements as other food businesses, regardless of the size of the business or how often food is provided. 

Certain food businesses may operate from a residential house such as:

  • B&B's
  • Farm-stay accommodation 
  • Childcare businesses
  • Food prepared for fundraising events
  • Online food sales from home
  • Preparing food for local markets

If you prepare food for sale or sell food in a residential home, you are still deemed to be a food business under the Food Act 2008 and therefore must comply with all food laws and register or notify your food business with the Shire of Jerramungup.

Health inspections of Food Businesses

Regular routine inspections are undertaken to ensure compliance with legislative requirements in an effort to protect public health and safety.

Most inspections are undertaken without giving notice to the operator; this is to give a true indication of how the premises is operated under normal conditions.

The design, construction, maintenance and operation of a food premises is to comply with the Australian Standard 'Design, construction and fit-out of food premise' Public Health Act 2016, Food Act 2008, Food Regulations 2009, the Food Standards Code and Council's Local Laws.