Hello and welcome!

[A local council member is standing at a sports club. She says:]

“Are you are a community group or not-for–profit organisation,” then she walks in front of a school, “or someone raising funds for charity organising a fund raiser, by selling food in Victoria?”

[A frame goes to a carnival scene with food stalls that sell sausage sizzles, cakes, hamburgers, sandwiches, drinks, fruits and other snacks.]

“And, are those handling the food mostly volunteers? If you are planning on having an event involving the sale of food, then here are a few things that you need to know.”

[Then the local council member brings up the Victoria Food Act book.]

“The Food Act sets out the rules for selling food to ensure food bought and sold in Victoria is safe to eat.”

“The Act covers what is done at a food premises… whether it is a stall at a market…”

[The local council member appears at a stall that sells fruits like oranges, bananas, peaches, apple and fruit jams.]

“or community hall…” [The local council member is at a community hall with food like soup and sandwiches on the table, and drinks in a cooler.]

“or festival…” [Then she’s at a popcorn and fairy floss stand.]

“a food van…” [Then she’s at a food van selling snacks.]

“or a permanent site, like a sporting club.” [Lastly, she’s at a canteen that sells hot foods like meat pies and soda.]

“Food Regulation reflects food safety. Special flexibility has been given to community groups in recognition of the benefit they provide to the community.”

“Community Groups can hold sausage sizzles, cake stalls and a range of other activities to raise funds at fairs, fetes, and street stalls.”

[A sandwich, hamburger, and hotdog in bun are plated on a table.]

“The risk of food becoming unsafe while you are doing these activities depends on the type of food, how it is transported to the venue, and where it is stored, prepared, and handled on the day.”

[The ingredients are shown separately and are stored in a cooler that is kept in 5 degrees Celsius.]

[A volunteer is at a stall that sells sandwiches and fresh fruit juice.]

“Having rules that cover how to safely handle, store and prepare different types of food for sale is essential.”

[Then it shows more two more volunteers preparing food on the stove and grill.]

“The last thing you want is to make people sick.” [The sandwich, hamburger, and hotdog are concealed in cling wrap.]

“This is done by grouping food activities into classes… and setting out different food safety rules for each class.”

[Three volunteers are at a table with food in front of them. The volunteer on the left has ham, a sandwich, curries and casseroles in front of her. The volunteer in the middle has chips, fairy floss, cake with cream, and a hamburger in front of her. And the volunteer on the right has an apple, cupcake, hotdog on bun and tea in front of him. They all have a sign on their table ‘Food Safety Rules’.]

“Your food activity will determine which class you are and what your responsibilities are. Community food activities may fall within class 2, 3 or 4 under the Food Act where class 2 is for high risk food handling activities and class 4 is for low risk food handling activities. As you would expect, the higher the risk the more care you need to take.” A big arrow pointing upwards on the left appears, above Class 2.”

“To find out which class your activity falls under visit our ‘Food Classification Tool’.”

[The Community Group Fundraising Events Food Safety Obligations website appears.]

“Once you know your class you can access the Obligations Tool to find out what you need to do to satisfy the requirements for your class, under the Victorian Food Act.”

[The member of the local council holds up her laptop that show Classification Obligation then walks to the Local Council building.]

“Once you have understood the class that your stall or fete come under and your obligations, you will need to apply to your local council, either online or in person, before your event.”

[The laptop zooms in to preview the Streatrader website.]

“Your volunteers donating food to be sold at the event, including food made at home, do not need to apply to council to do this but it is your responsibility to make sure the food you sell is safe.”

“Ask your volunteers to have a look at our free food handling quiz called ‘Do Food Safely’, available online. Links can be found in the obligation tool.”

[Laptop with the Community Groups Fundraising Events Food Safety Obligations website appears.]

“We hope you find these tools useful and wish you the best of luck in your community group activities.”

“Do Food Safely! If you have any questions, please contact your local council.”