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Licensing Guidelines for Outside School Hours Care


Queensland Health has released a new fact sheet for the licensing guidelines for outside school hours care to advise your requirements under the Food Act 2006.

Does your OSHC require a food business license?

An OHSC provider must be licensed with its relevant local government if it:

  • is an entity other than a non-profit organisation and involves sale of unpackaged food by retail (sale includes to provide food as part of a fee or service)
  • is carried on by a non-profit organisation and involves the sale, on at least 12 days of the financial year, of meals prepared by the organisation at a particular place. Under the Act, a meal is defined as food that is, or is intended to be, eaten by a person sitting at a table, or a fixed structure used as a table, with cutlery, and is of adequate substance as to be ordinarily accepted as a meal.


Confused??? Below are a couple of examples to help clear it up a little bit!

Example 1: A non-profit provider offers each morning as a breakfast option, eggs on toast. -A licence is required as a meal (food that is intended to be eaten with cutlery at a table) is provided on more than 12 occasions per year.

Example 2:  A non-profit OSHC provider offers lasagne or friend rice for afternoon tea during the cooler months of the year (around 20 occasions). The food is served on a plate with a fork that the children eat with the plate on their lap. - A licence is required as the activity is providing a meal (food that is intended to be eaten with cutlery at a table) on 12 or more occasions per year. Even though food is not eaten at a table or other fixed structure with a knife and fork, the food is intended to be eaten in that manner and therefore constitutes as a meal.

Example 3: A non-profit OSHC provider offers sandwiches, cheese and biscuits and cut fruit for afternoon tea each day. - A licence is not required as the activity is not providing meals on more than 12 occasions per year. The food provided is not intended to be eaten with cutlery at a table.

There are some exemptions for OSHC providers as well. Click here to read the full fact sheet and see if your organisation comes under these requirements. 

Do you need a food licence? If so, then you will also need at least one trained food safety supervisor.

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