Food Safety

The Shire aims to ensure the sale of safe and suitable food by all food businesses and groups. The Shire’s Environmental Health services  work cooperatively with food businesses to achieve the best possible food safety outcomes for residents and visitors.  

Environmental Health Officers undertake routine risk assessments of food businesses within the Shire, investigate complaints of food poisoning or contaminated food and provide advice on matters such as kitchen design and food hygiene.

Food Safety Training

It is a requirement under the Food Act 2008 that any person preparing or handling food for the public must demonstrate adequate experience or training.

The Shire has available to all food businesses, community groups and charities a free online training course for Food Safety - I'm Alert Food Safety Training. This free online training is available via the following link:  Online Food Safety Training

Operating a Business in the Shire of Broome

All Food Business including permanent restaurants, mobile food vans and caterers are required to be registered with the Shire and undergo routine monitoring and inspection to ensure compliance with the Food Standards Code  and Food Act 2008. Food businesses must comply with the requirements of the Food Act 2008, the Food Regulations 2009 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. 

If you want to open a new food business within the Shire of Broome, you will need to first ensure you have correct planning approval for the premises. Our  guide to operating a food business in the Shire will provide you with detailed information on approval and construction requirements, this can be found in the below links. An application to fit out a Food Premise will be required to be submitted to the Health Department also to gain approval prior to commencement of any works.

Taking Over An Existing Food Business

If taking over a food business which has been closed, it may require upgrading to comply with current laws, or in order to be suitable for the type of food you are intending on handling. 

You must contact the Shire’s Health Services prior to opening to arrange to meet with an Environmental Health Officer at the business.  You must not open the food business until you have submitted a Food Notification Form , paid all relevant registration fees, and received a Certificate of Registration.  If you intend to make changes to the food premises prior to opening, an application for approval to construct or amend a food premise must be submitted prior to any works commencing.

If the food business you are taking over is currently operating you will need to submit transfer of a food premise form to the Shire.

Temporary Food Permits & Charitable Groups

If you are intending on setting up a food stall for a community group or  event, you must first obtain approval from the Shires Environmental Health department  by submitting a Notification of Temporary food premise.

Temporary food stalls must comply with some minimum stall requirements and have temporary facilities to ensure good hygiene of food handlers on the day. Please note there is no application fee applies for temporary food premises run by not for profit groups. Approvals are for low risk foods such as sausage sizzles and cake stalls.

If you are intending on running a sausage sizzle at Bunnings, please submit the Notification of Temporary Food Premise with the Shire.  

Mobile Vending

Mobile food operators are expected to meet the same standards which are applied to fixed premises. The application, approval and registration process is the same as for any new food business. Please refer to guidline for operating a food business further information on the fit out and operation of a mobile food business.

Cooking from home

If you are interested in operating a food business from your residential kitchen, you will need to first check that you have the correct planning approvals. Please contact the Shire’s planning Department for advise. The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code limits the type of foods that can be prepared from a domestic kitchen. Please refer to the guide

Food labelling

All food businesses are encouraged to become familiar with labelling requirements. The Food Standards Australia Labelling website  is a summary of the basic requirements for compliant labels. The website also provides information regarding foods which may be exempt from bearing a label.

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