Council works closely with more than 250 retail food businesses operating in Eurobodalla Shire to ensure community health is protected and food safety standards are met.
Council plays an active role in food regulation and promoting safe food handling practices. Council also has a Food Safety Program which involves: education; routine inspection of premises to make sure food businesses meet their required obligations; and following-up complaints from members of the public.
Setting up a new food business?
Register your food business
All food businesses in Eurobodalla Shire are required to register their business with Council in order to maintain their responsibility to sell safe and suitable food, and effectively demonstrate management of food safety risks.
To notify us of your business, or to change your details, please complete the following form:
Then return your completed form by:
- emailing it to Council
- posting it to Eurobodalla Shire Council, PO Box 99 MORUYA NSW 2537.
Fitout requirements for food business premises
If you are constructing, altering or renovating a food premise, you must meet Australian Standard AS4674-2004 : Design Construction and Fitout of a Food Premise to gain approval from Council. The fact sheet below is a useful guide to assist you in this process:
However, before you commence any work on your food business, you must check with Council to find out if you are required to lodge a Development Application (DA).
All food businesses must also comply with Food Standards Code 3.2.3 - Food Premises and Equipment, which is a mandatory requirement for operation.
Food Safety Supervisors
A Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) is a person trained to identify and prevent risks associated with food handling on food premises. They must hold a current (less than five years old) FSS Certificate and not be designated FSS for more than one food premises. Training is provided by registered training organisations and you can contact your nearest organisation for further information.
The Food Act 2003 requires certain food businesses in the NSW hospitality and retail food service sector to have at least one trained FSS. This requirement applies to businesses serving food that is: ready to eat, and potentially hazardous; and not sold and served in the supplier's original packaging. However, some exemptions apply to certain businesses such as: coffee vendors that only heat milk; school canteens; not-for-profit community and charitable causes; childcare centres; supermarkets; and businesses licensed by the NSW Food Authority.
A copy of a FSS Certificate is required to be held on your premises at all times, and you will be asked to show your certificate during routine inspections. Failure to meet this requirement can result in a fine.
Food safety training
In the interest of public health and safety, Council provides the 'I'm Alert Food Safety Program' for all food businesses operating in Eurobodalla Shire.
The program provides the basic food safety principles required to run a safe food business, and can be accessed online. Once completed, you will be able to print a certificate, however, this is not a formal qualification.
As part of your requirement to operate your food business, Council's Food Surveillance Officer will carry out regular inspections of your premises to help safeguard the health of our community. These inspections are part of Council's Food Safety Program and are essential to ensure you are operating in full compliance with the Food Standards Code, Food Act 2003 and Food Regulation 2015.
Inspections will include assessment of: receiving methods; storing; processing; display/serving; packaging; health and hygiene knowledge of food handlers; premises hygiene and maintenance; and temperature measuring and maintenance records.
Inspections may be carried out on an annual or half-yearly basis, depending on the risk rating given to your business. This rating is determined by the type of food being sold, your business' food safety record, and the preparation activities being performed on the premises.
Inspection fees are outlined under 'Food Safety Program' in Council's fees and charges document.
Scores on Doors Program
Eurobodalla Shire food retailers can now show their customers that they are complying with food hygiene and safety requirements with the launch of Eurobodalla Council's Scores on Doors Program. The aim of this state-wide program is to reward businesses for their efforts in maintaining excellent food handling practices.
The program started on 1 July 2018, so customers will see certificates popping up on doors throughout Eurobodalla as businesses undergo their scheduled inspections. The owner of Stingray's Ocean and Grill in Batemans Bay, Remoon Isfafel, was the first proud recipient of the 'Excellent Five Star Certificate' issued by Council in early July.
Council officers inspect businesses and rate their hygiene and food safety standards according to various levels of compliance with the Food Standards Code: Excellent (five stars), Very Good (four stars) and Good (three stars). The rating includes such things as food temperature control, food prepared in advance of service, food handler hygiene, cleaning and sanitisation, and pest control.
Scores on Doors offers businesses an opportunity to show customers how seriously they take food hygiene and the results they have achieved by displaying a rating certificate on their door. The program also provides an incentive for businesses to maintain high levels of food safety.
You can read about the Scores on Doors Program on the NSW Government Food Authority's website at:
Markets and temporary events
Operating a food stall at the local markets, or other event in a park or other public land, falls under the classification of a 'temporary food business'.
All food businesses under this classification:
- must comply with the Food Authority's Guidelines for Food Businesses at Temporary Events
- are subject to inspection(s) by Council's Food Surveillance Officer at any time during the event.
Under Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993, you are required to apply for approval from Council. To obtain approval, you will need to complete the following form and pay the relevant application fee (refer to Council's fees and charges document):
You may also be required to obtain other permits/licences for your temporary event. You can refer to our events page for more information:
You can find more information on the NSW Government Food Authority website at:
If you wish to hold a fundraising or charity event, please refer to NSW Government Food Authority's Charities, groups and volunteers page.
Mobile food vending
Mobile vending in Eurobodalla Shire requires approval from Council under Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993, as well as compliance with the:
- Street Activities Code of Practice (495 KB)
- NSW Food Authority Mobile Food Vending Guidelines (256 KB).
To gain approval, you will need to complete the following form and pay the relevant application fee:
An annual inspection of your vehicle will be carried out, as a minimum, and you will be required to pay an inspection fee.
The NSW Food Authority has a range of fact sheets available on topics such as: cleaning and sanitising; labelling; temperature control; using eggs safely and pest control:
Food Standards Australia New Zealand also has a number of fact sheets available for information relating to: health and hygiene for food handlers; transporting food; preparing and cooking food, and sausage sizzles and barbecues:
We can help you
If you need more information about food/food safety and training, please contact our Food Surveillance Officer on:
- T: 02 4474 7384
- E: Council