Unit of competency details

SFICORE101C - Apply basic food handling and safety practices (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to SFICORE101B - Apply basic food handling and safety practicesEmployability skills and licensing statements added; minor rewording; template changes. Unit is not a required core unit when used in context of seafood/stock not destined for human consumption. FDFOP2063A Apply quality systems and procedures is required instead. 21/Jul/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to SFIXSI101 - Apply basic seafood handling and safety practicesUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Revised title to better reflect outcomes. Unit sector revised. 20/Jun/2019

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 22/Jul/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

CodeSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Qualifications that include this unit by the Title columnUsage RecommendationRelease
SFI30311 - Certificate III in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management Support)Certificate III in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management Support)Deleted1-5 
SFI30411 - Certificate III in Fisheries ComplianceCertificate III in Fisheries ComplianceSuperseded1-3 
SFI20511 - Certificate II in Seafood ProcessingCertificate II in Seafood ProcessingSuperseded1-3 
SFI10211 - Certificate I in Fishing OperationsCertificate I in Fishing OperationsSuperseded1-3 
SFI50211 - Diploma of Fishing OperationsDiploma of Fishing OperationsDeleted1-3 
SFI50511 - Diploma of Seafood ProcessingDiploma of Seafood ProcessingDeleted1-4 
SFI20611 - Certificate II in Seafood Industry (Sales and Distribution)Certificate II in Seafood Industry (Sales and Distribution)Superseded1-4 
SFI40111 - Certificate IV in AquacultureCertificate IV in AquacultureSuperseded1-5 
SFI50411 - Diploma of Fisheries ComplianceDiploma of Fisheries ComplianceSuperseded1-3 
SFI20111 - Certificate II in AquacultureCertificate II in AquacultureSuperseded1-5 
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110111 Food Hygiene 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110111 Food Hygiene 07/Aug/2012 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit of competency is a required core competency for those involved in the handling and storage of seafood products destined for human consumption. It covers food safety procedures and risk management.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit is a required core unit for all seafood industry sector qualifications with the exception of aquaculture when a commodity group is not destined for human consumption, for example pearls or ornamentals. In such a case FDFCORQAS2A Implement quality systems and procedures  is the required unit.

All enterprise or workplace procedures and activities are carried out according to relevant government regulations , licensing and other compliance requirements , particularly food safety and hygiene regulations and procedures .

Equipment operation, maintenance, repairs and calibrations are undertaken in a safe manner that conforms to manufacturer instructions. Appropriate personal protective equipment  (PPE) is selected, checked, used and maintained.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify hazards and risks to seafood and aquatic products

1.1. Key food safety hazards and risks  associated with the individual's work area or area of responsibility are identified, assessed, reported and controlled using appropriate workplace  procedures.

2. Follow enterprise hygiene  standards, procedures and practices

2.1. Personal, place and product hygiene is maintained.

2.2. The workplace is kept in a clean and tidy condition.

3. Handle and store seafood and aquatic products 

3.1. Seafood and aquatic products are handled and stored in a manner  that avoids damage, meets hygiene standards, avoids contamination  and maintains the quality of the product.

3.2. Seafood and aquatic products are stored at the correct temperature required to safely maintain the product in optimal condition and freshness.

4. Follow the enterprise food safety program

4.1. All work activities undertaken are consistent with and conform to the requirements of an approved enterprise food safety program .

4.2. Areas of risk  in the individual's work area within the enterprise are identified, evaluated, reported, controlled and monitored .

4.3. Corrective actions are taken within the individual's scope of responsibilities to minimise risk according to the enterprise food safety program.

4.4. Risks beyond the control of the individual are promptly reported to the appropriate person.

4.5. Records are completed according to enterprise requirements and work responsibility.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • handling seafood and aquatic products to prevent damage, spoilage and waste
  • identifying hazards, contaminants and risks or control points
  • reporting food safety hazards and risks to appropriate personnel
  • storing seafood and aquatic products in appropriate areas at correct temperatures.

Literacy skills used for :

  • interpreting relevant enterprise documentation, including standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the food safety plan, where available
  • completing food safety records according to enterprise procedures.

Numeracy skills used for :

  • monitoring and recording data.

Required knowledge 

  • basic food safety principles and requirements
  • common hazards and sources of contamination in area of work
  • enterprise food safety recording requirements
  • enterprise hygiene and food safety procedures
  • legal and regulatory requirements pertaining to seafood production, storage, handling and packaging relevant to area of work
  • occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements
  • personal hygiene practices and clothing requirements relevant to area of work.

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit 

Assessment must confirm the ability to:

  • inspect the work area to identify common seafood and aquatic product food safety hazards and associated risks
  • maintain personal hygiene and conduct to minimise risk to seafood and seafood product safety
  • handle and store seafood and aquatic product safely
  • complete recording/reporting requirements.

Assessment must confirm knowledge of:

  • own responsibilities within the enterprise food safety plan
  • key requirements of the food safety plan
  • sources of information on food safety and personal hygiene requirements, such as enterprise SOPs or codes of practice.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment is to be conducted at the workplace or in a simulated work environment.

Assessment must relate to the individual's work area or area of responsibility.

Resources include:

  • relevant documentation:
  • enterprise food safety plan
  • SOPs
  • codes of practice
  • PPE
  • documentation.

Method of assessment 

The following assessment methods are suggested:

  • demonstration
  • practical exercises/case studies
  • questions.

Guidance information for assessment 

This unit may be assessed holistically with other units within a qualification.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Relevant government regulations , licensing and other compliance requirements  may include:

  • business or workplace operations, policies and practices
  • environmental hazard identification, risk assessment and control
  • food safety, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), hygiene and temperature control along chain of custody.

Food safety and hygiene regulations and procedures  may include:

  • Australian Shellfish Sanitation program
  • display, packaging and sale of food, including seafood and aquatic products
  • equipment design, use, cleaning and maintenance
  • exporting requirements, including Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) Export Control (Fish) orders
  • handling and disposal of condemned or recalled seafood products
  • HACCP, food safety program, and other risk minimisation and quality assurance systems
  • location, construction and servicing of seafood premises
  • people, product and place hygiene and sanitation requirements
  • Primary Products Standard and the Australian Seafood Standard (voluntary)
  • processing, further processing and preparation of food, including seafood and aquatic products
  • product labelling, tracing and recall
  • receipt, storage and transportation of food, including seafood and aquatic products
  • requirements set out in Australian and New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) Food Standards Code and state and territory food regulations
  • temperature and contamination control along chain of custody.

PPE  may include.

  • protective hair, beard and boot covers
  • gloves or mitts
  • uniforms or overalls.

Hazards and risks  may include:

  • biological:
  • bacteria
  • moulds
  • other organisms
  • yeast
  • chemicals (e.g. additives, chemicals and natural poisons)
  • hygiene:
  • cleanliness of equipment, apparatus, work surfaces and containers
  • clothing (e.g. maintenance and laundering)
  • personal habits or practices (e.g. smoking, spitting, nose blowing, coughing and hand washing)
  • reporting illness
  • physical contaminants:
  • broken glass, metal, plastic and fibreglass
  • foreign matter
  • other organisms
  • sewage
  • soils and water
  • temperature changes or fluctuations.

Workplace  may include:

  • aquaculture operation (e.g. farm, hatchery and nursery)
  • fishing vessel
  • retail or wholesale outlet
  • seafood and aquatic product processing plant
  • storage facility, dispatch and transport operation.

Enterprise hygiene  applies to:

  • equipment/work area
  • personal habits or hygiene
  • product contamination and cross-contamination
  • use of PPE.

Seafood and aquatic products  may include:

  • edible by-products
  • finished/processed product (e.g. smoked, dried and frozen)
  • live seafood
  • other aquatic products
  • seafood (e.g. fillets, whole fish, shell fish and prawns).

Handled and stored in a manner  that:

  • is appropriate to product (e.g. fillets, whole fish, shell fish, frozen and live stock)
  • prevents damage (e.g. flesh-ripped, torn, squashed, product dropped or thrown)
  • ensures product is stored at correct temperatures and in appropriate areas
  • keeps the worker safe use when using and storing knives and tools.

Contamination  may occur when:

  • cooked product is contaminated by raw product
  • edible product is contaminated by waste
  • product, people or equipment that have been in contact product is moved between food handling areas.

Requirements of an approved food safety program  include:

  • approved by local council or appropriate health department
  • risk identification
  • identification of risk areas (control points)
  • minimisation of risks
  • monitoring risks (control points)
  • reporting and recording requirements
  • HACCP-based programs, where applicable.

Areas of risk  are known as control points and may occur during:

  • harvesting, handling and transporting
  • purchasing, delivery and storage
  • preparation, processing and cooking
  • cooling, freezing, defrosting, heating, reheating and storage
  • holding or display.

Monitored  may include:

  • recording data
  • by visual checks
  • following inspection requirements of enterprise risk management plan.

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