Egg Producer (School)

If you are producing eggs within a school and selling or supplying them intact to others (including teachers, parents, or the local community), then you must have an accreditation with Safe Food Production Queensland (Safe Food). ‘Supply’ includes giving eggs away for free.

This activity is classified as Producing (School) under the Egg Scheme of the Food Production (Safety) Regulation 2014.

There are no application or accreditation fees associated with this type of accreditation. However, your school must operate under an approved management statement and have a unique identifier stamped on each egg for traceability purposes.

Safe Food offers this type of accreditation as part of our commitment to promoting egg safety and general food safety practices within Queensland schools.

YOU DO NOT REQUIRE AN ACCREDITATION IF
  • You are a school that only produces eggs for educational purposes and they do not leave school grounds (i.e. they are not sold or supplied to anyone)

Other accreditations you may need

If you are a childcare centre, college, TAFE or university that produces eggs for sale or supply, then you are not captured under the Producing (School) accreditation category. You will require an accreditation as an Egg Producer instead.

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What should I submit with my application?

  • Application form

    Complete the Application form and select Producing (egg scheme) and school as your activity on page 2.

    Note: An accreditation must be held by the Principal of the school.

    *Ignore the total fees payable on the application form. Egg Producer (School) accreditations are issued at no charge.

  • Management Statement

    You must submit a management statement as part of your application. A management statement is a concise way of documenting how your school/business intends to operate and what activities you plan to undertake. It should be written by you (the applicant) in your own words.

  • Site plan & photos

    Please submit a site plan and photos that show the following:

    • entry points/doors to your chicken coups and indoor processing areas
    • hand wash facilities
    • benches and equipment (candling torch, sinks etc.)
    • rodent bait locations (site plan only)
  • School curriculum

    You must supply a copy of your school’s curriculum that teaches students about egg production and egg safety.

  • Evidence of registration as a biosecurity entity

    You must provide evidence to Safe Food that you have registered as a biosecurity entity with Biosecurity Queensland, and provide your Property Identification Code (PIC). More information is available here.

  • Biosecurity map

    You must submit a biosecurity map for your site. This will help identify the biosecurity strengths and weaknesses of your property. Further instructions and an example biosecurity map are available.

Submit your completed application to info@safefood.qld.gov.au or PO Box 221, Greenslopes, Brisbane, QLD 4120.

When to apply

Under the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000, it is unlawful to engage in certain activities relating to primary production or processing of food until you have been granted an accreditation by Safe Food. As such, you should allow adequate time for your application to be reviewed by Safe Food before you begin operating.

As an egg producer, your application for accreditation will be split into two parts:

Part 1 will aim to be assessed within 14 days, although applications submitted in their entirety (with all the items outlined above) are likely to be processed faster. A member of our Central Assessment Team will contact you if we require any further information. You will be notified in writing about the outcome of your application (approved or refused).

Part 2 of your application will involve addressing your biosecurity requirements as an egg producer. These requirements are in response to Queensland’s Salmonella Enteritidis Prevention Plan to ensure that all egg producers and processors are following some standard operating procedures to reduce the risk of Salmonella Enteritidis from entering Queensland. You will be asked to complete the following tasks online via the Safe Food Hub:

  • Business profile
  • Food Safety Management Checklist

Part 2 of your application will be assessed within 5 days and we will contact you if we require any further information.  

Further information about Part 2 will be provided once Part 1 of your application has been reviewed.

Fees

Fees are outlined in the Application form. However, if you are applying as a school, the application fee and accreditation fee are waived.

Depending on the scale of egg production at your school, you may be subject to an annual audit or assessment by Safe Food to verify compliance with Queensland’s Egg Food Safety Scheme. As a general rule, schools with a flock size of 50+ birds will be subject to an annual audit or assessment, which will incur a fee. For more information, please contact Safe Food.

Please note, our accreditation period runs from 1st January – 31st December. You will therefore need to renew your accreditation on an annual basis. Safe Food will notify you in writing when it is time to renew.