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Food safety training

Training cancelled until further notice

Thank you for your interest in attending City's Food Safety Training Course. Due to the Coronavirus impacts and limitations for indoor gatherings, this training has been cancelled until further notice. Please feel free to monitor this page for updates.

In the interim, if you require urgent food safety training, please consider the following online options:

Thank you for your understanding.


City of Gold Coast Environmental Health Officers administer the Queensland Food Act 2006 and the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code, which relate to those food businesses which local governments are required to licence*.

The City conducts regular food safety training courses (non-accredited), aimed at providing licensed* food business staff with an understanding of the causes and the prevention of food-borne illness (food poisoning).

* licensed under the Queensland Food Act 2006

Cost and eligibility

City of Gold Coast courses are free to the following:

  • eligible persons who are directly associated with any food business licensed with the City under the Queensland Food Act 2006. This includes all commercial take-aways, bakeries, restaurants, food vans, caterers, aged care facilities, school canteens (private) and vessels.
  • applicants who can demonstrate that they own, rent or lease a rateable property that is within the city
  • applicants who are from a registered charity, voluntary sporting community, religious or incorporated not for profit organisation.

Those who do not meet the above criteria are welcome to undertake the course for a fee - see the current Register of Fees and Charges for details.

If you are not sure of your eligibility for the free course, please contact us using the phone number or email address provided below, for advice prior to booking a course.


The Food Safety Training course is held on the ground floor of the City's Bundall administration building located at 8 Karp Court. Metered car parking is available in Frigo Court or next to HOTA - Home of the Arts.

Courses are conducted from 8.30am to 12.30pm and participants are asked to present at the building's foyer, next to the Customer Service Centre, no later than 8.20am on the day. Allow extra travelling time for traffic and parking. A light morning tea is provided.

Please advise if we can do anything to assist your participation in this training session, e.g. large print information.

Food safety training course dates for 2020

  • Thursday 30 January
  • Tuesday 25 February
  • Thursday 26 March
  • Tuesday 28 April
  • Thursday 28 May
  • Tuesday 23 June
  • Thursday 30 July


Bookings are compulsory. Bookings for the above dates are now being taken. A maximum of three attendees per business per session may be booked.

You can book online or download the application form below.

Phone: 07 5581 6838
Fax: 07 5581 6219

All prospective course applicants must complete and submit an application form at least one week before the preferred course date.

Letters which confirm the offer of attendance will be sent to the food business and the applicant.


If you are the person nominated and accepted for a particular course but cannot attend on the day, please advise us at the contact details listed above.

We cater for certain numbers and, unfortunately, failure to attend without prior advice may result in a fee being levied on the business.

This does not apply if the business sends another person in the place of someone unable to attend.

For information on the courses, find links to relevant websites below.

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