How To Be Compliant: A Step By Step Guide To Be Compliant With Standard 3.2.2A

Important Changes for Australian Food Businesses

Stay Informed: Updated Laws for Australian Food Businesses

Recent revisions to the Food Standards Code have brought about significant changes for food businesses operating across all Australian states and territories. These changes introduce new requirements that impact your operations.

Introducing Standard 3.2.2A: Enhancing Food Safety

Standard 3.2.2A emphasises the implementation of a comprehensive food safety management system within your business. This standard introduces three essential tools for ensuring food safety:

  1. Food Handler Training: All individuals handling food in your business now require specialised training to handle potentially hazardous foods safely.
  2. Food Safety Supervision: The standard mandates the presence of trained and qualified Food Safety Supervisors who oversee and manage food handling practices.
  3. Record Management: A structured record-keeping system is now necessary to ensure proper documentation of prescribed activities.

Adapting to Your Business Category

The specific tools your business needs to adopt will be determined by its category. Compliance requirements vary based on your business type.

Who's Affected?

If your business involves food preparation and service, these changes directly affect you. All businesses engaged in food preparation or service, regardless of location within Australia, must meet these new requirements.

Unification of Standards

Previously, each state and territory had distinct requirements for food handling and record keeping. However, a uniform standard (3.2.2A) will apply across all Australian states and territories. This change brings all regions under the same regulations, including previously exempt areas like Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory.

Ensuring Compliance: A Necessity

The new requirements outlined in Standard 3.2.2A demand a higher level of compliance compared to previous regulations. Failure to comply can have serious consequences. Enforcements were introduced in December 2023 (except NSW & VIC) and are overseen by local governments. Penalties for non-compliance vary based on the severity of violations and the jurisdiction, potentially leading to fines, license suspension, or even revocation. Non-compliance also poses risks to your brand, reputation, customer base, and potential legal actions from affected consumers.

Steps to Compliance: Your Guide

We're here to support you throughout your compliance journey. Following these steps ensures you meet the new standard, safeguarding your customers, business, and reputation.

Step 1: Train Your Food Handlers Ensure all your food handling staff complete the necessary training program. This program equips them with the skills and knowledge required for safe food handling practices.

Step 2: Nominate Food Safety Supervisors Appoint qualified Food Safety Supervisors to oversee food handling practices. They must have recent qualifications and the authority to ensure safe food handling.

Step 3: Maintain Records Develop a record-keeping system that covers the nine prescribed activities. Category 1 businesses are required to maintain records using an approved system and provide evidence upon request.


3.2.2A Approved Programs

To ensure training programs meet the new standard, a thorough approval process is in place. CFT industry compliance professionals assess programs against Standard 3.2.2A requirements. Approved programs bear the 3.2.2A Approved logo, ensuring compliance.

Download Your Action Plan

We've designed a simple 3.2.2A Action Plan template to guide your compliance journey. Tailored to your business, this template walks you through the necessary steps, download it at

Connect with a Compliance Advisor

We recommend engaging with a Compliance Advisor for a clear understanding of requirements tailored to your business. Advisors offer guidance on steps for ensuring compliance. Call 1300 665 633 to speak with an Advisor.

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Note: This information and resources are for general guidance and should not replace legal advice. CFT provides information in good faith but makes no representation regarding accuracy or completeness. Always consult a qualified legal professional for specific legal advice.

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