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Food Surveillance

This area involves routine auditing of any food premise, for example cafes, restaurants, market stalls and public functions, where foods are prepared and/or made for the public. These food premises must meet the requirements of the Western Australian Food Act 2008, Food Regulation 2009 and the Food Safety Standards.

Meaning of food

The Food Act 2008 defines food as:

  1.  
    1. any substance or thing of a kind used, or represented as being for use, for human consumption (whether it is live, raw, prepared or partly prepared);
    2. any substance or thing of a kind used, or represented as being for use, as an ingredient or additive in a substance or thing referred to in paragraph (a);
    3. any substance used in preparing a substance or thing referred to in paragraph (a) (other than a substance used in preparing a living thing) if it comes into direct contact with the substance or thing referred to in that paragraph, such as a processing aid;
    4. chewing gum or an ingredient or additive in chewing gum, or any substance used in preparing chewing gum; and
    5. any substance or thing declared to be a food under a declaration in force under the Commonwealth Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 section 6, whether or not the substance, thing or chewing gum is in a condition fit for human consumption.
  2. However, food does not include a therapeutic good within the meaning of the Commonwealth Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.
  3. To avoid doubt, food may include live animals and plants.

Notification requirements

Temporary food licenses for one off events (third level)

For one off or temporary events, a temporary food licence is required. An Application for Trading in Streets and Public Places or Temporary Food Premises form can be completed online in the forms section. Please be advised that the application form need to be submitted at least two (2) weeks before the event date. Application and licencing fees may apply, Environmental Health Services will contact you if fees are required.

Some food products pose such a potential hazard, that they will not be approved for sale to the public. Specifically seafood, such as fish, prawns, oysters etc. Some food products, which pose a significant risk, such as stews or curries, require a documented procedure for the preparation.

For further information or advice, please contact our Environmental Health Services on (08) 91589 367.

Permanent food premises (restaurants etc)

All food businesses must notify the Town of Port Hedland in writing that they plan to conduct a food business. The information required includes contact details, the nature of the food business and the location of all proposed food premises. The purpose of notification is so that enforcement agencies know of their existence can contact them if required and know the sort of food business in operation. In addition, it enables them to make a decision as to whether the food business needs to apply for registration as a food business. It is an offence not to provide this information.

Click here to download a copy of the Department of Health's Food Act Notification/Registration form.

For further information or advice, please contact our Environmental Health Services on (08) 91589 367.

Registration of a food business

Section 109 of the Food Act specifies that it is an offence to conduct a food business at any premise unless the food business is registered with the relevant enforcement agency in respect of those premises. This enables the enforcement agency to be aware of all food businesses trading within its responsible area and collect information in relation to food handling so that targeted food safety education, surveillance, enforcement and awareness programs can be developed.

Enforcement of the Food Act 2008

The Act provides enforcement agencies with a number of new enforcement options, designed to assist them to manage compliance with the food standards. Depending on the severity of food safety breaches, authorised officers from enforcement agencies may issue or initiate any of the following:

  • formal warnings
  • improvement notices
  • prohibition orders
  • infringement notices(fines)
  • prosecution of the food business

It is important to be aware that the details of any successful prosecution will be publicly listed on the Department of Health’s website.

I’m Alert- free food hygiene and safety online training

The Town of Port Hedland provides free online training which allows a fundamental understanding of food hygiene and food safety practices to be developed. The free training can be accessed here.

It is a requirement of the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code that all staff that are handling food products have an adequate knowledge of food hygiene and food safety practices. The I’m Alert training meets this requirement for basic knowledge.

For further information or advice, please contact our Environmental Health Services on (08) 91589 367.