Food Safety & Related Sites

Council has a statutory role to ensure the sale of safe food within the District. Council’s Environmental Health Officers are therefore involved in the following activities:

Receiving and processing food business notifications;

Surveillance of food businesses to ensure compliance with the relevant food safety legislation;

Follow up of consumer complaints regarding poor food handling, contamination etc;

Follow up of confirmed food poisoning;

Providing advice regarding the fit-out of new food premises or upgrades of existing businesses;

Providing general food safety advice to residents, businesses and community and charity organisations. 

South Australia’s food safety legislation has recently undergone significant change. The new legislation consists of:

Food Act 2001;

Food Regulations 2002;

Food Safety Standards: 

3.1.1 – Interpretation & Application 

3.2.2 – Food Safety Practices & General Requirements 

3.2.3 – Premises and Equipment

The new legislation applies to all food businesses. Pursuant to Section 6 of the Food Act 2001 a food business means a business, enterprise or activity (other than primary food production) that involves:

(a) the handling of food for sale; or

(b) the sale of food,

regardless of whether the business, enterprise or activity concerned is of a commercial, charitable or community nature or whether it involves the handling or sale of food on a one only occasion.

The adoption of the new food safety legislation has introduced a number of new requirements for both food businesses and food handlers. 

One of the significant changes to the food safety legislation is the requirement for food business proprietors to notify the existence of their business to Council. For more information regarding notification, or to submit notification details, use the following link to the ‘Information for Food Premises' page.

The following links provide additional information regarding legislative requirements and general food safety topics.

> Community & charity organisations

> Temporary Food Premises

> Legislation that regulates the sale of food

> Links to Related Sites

For further information please contact Council’s Environmental Health Department on telephone (08) 8391 7200.


Food Safety in the Home

Keeping your food safe in your home is important. The SA Health website contains helpful information on a range of home food handling topics. To view, click on the link below.



Links to Related Sites

You may find these links to other organisations useful to obtain information including food safety legislation, industry specific fact sheets, labelling requirements and general food safety topics.

Department of Health - The current version of the Food Act 2001, Food Regulations 2002 and Food Safety Standards can be viewed on the Department of Health website:

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Standards Australia - To obtain copies of the Australian Standard (AS 4674) – Design, construction, and fit-out of food premises

Acts and Regulations - The current version of the Food Act 2001 and Food Regulations 2002 can be viewed on the Parliament SA's website:


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