Steps to a template food control plan

Most food service businesses – like restaurants and cafes – and retailers – like supermarkets and butchers – can use a template food control plan to meet the requirements of the Food Act. We've created a step-by-step process so you can see what's involved.

What is a template food control plan?

A food control plan (FCP) is a comprehensive plan for managing food safety. MPI has developed templates to make creating your plan easier.

You will need to:

  • fill out your plan using the templates provided
  • register it with your local council or MPI and renew it annually
  • get checked by a verifier (auditor)
  • follow your plan to make safe food.

Read the Getting started with your template food control plan guidance, and then follow the steps on this page to develop your plan.

Getting started with your template food control plan guidance [PDF, 2.7 MB]

Translations available

The guidance document for a template FCP has also been translated into Chinese and Korean:

Template and custom FCPs

Template FCPs are suitable for:

  • food retail businesses that prepare or make and sell food – such as a butcher, a fishmonger, a retail baker, a delicatessen or supermarket
  • food service businesses, such as restaurants, cafes, takeaways or on- or off-site caterers. The template may also be used by operators of residential care facilities.

Most businesses in these sectors can use the template. However, if you use processes that are not covered by these templates, or you want to do things differently, you can choose to develop your own plan, called a custom food control plan.

Get your plan ready in time

From 1 March 2016, all new businesses must register their plans under the Food Act 2014 before they open.

If you're an existing business, see the transition timetable for when you need to register a food control plan.

Who to contact

If you have questions about food control plans, email

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