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Vulnerable persons committee

The NSW Vulnerable Persons Food Safety Scheme Consultative Committee (VP Committee) was established to provide the Minister for Primary Industries and Food Authority with a forum for consulting with the NSW Vulnerable Persons industry about the Vulnerable Persons Food Safety Scheme.

In particular, the Committee consults on matters including:

  1. the continuing operation of the Food Safety Scheme
  2. any proposed amendment of the Food Safety Scheme.

Section 105 of the Food Act 2003 requires the Food Authority to consult with industry sectors affected by a regulatory Food Safety Scheme, in accordance with provisions of that Scheme.

The VP Committee is a statutory committee formed by the Food Authority under Food Regulation 2010. Its purpose is to consult with industry to ensure the ongoing provision of safe and suitable food to the sector.

The Vulnerable Persons Food Safety Scheme commenced in June 2010. The Food Authority invited organisations that cover different aspects covered by the food safety scheme to nominate a representative.

Membership appointments are for a 2-year term. The VP Committee is chaired by the Food Authority.

The VP Committee membership is designed to bring expertise and new ideas to enhance strategic focus and issue resolution across the sector.

Committee functions

The VP Committee provides feedback to the Food Authority and the Minister for Primary Industries on industry issues including:

  • emergency management preparedness for the sector
  • emerging and contentious issues and risks for food safety
  • the development and implementation of national food safety standards
  • other issues in which the industry has an interest such as industry based education, food preparation, food storage and food delivery
  • regulatory effectiveness

Where considered appropriate, the VP Committee may establish sub-committees to address specific issues between scheduled meetings.

In addressing issues, the VP Committee will take into account, where appropriate, the policies and practices of interstate and overseas government food agencies and industry organisations.

Where appropriate, members will provide industry updates and current issues at each VP Committee meeting.

The Food Authority may continue to provide the Minister with its own advice on issues that come before the VP Committee.

Meetings

The VP Committee meets approximately every 6 months, with agenda items called for one month before each meeting.

Meeting outcomes

Key issues from committee meetings are reported in Foodwise. For more details contact your industry representative.

Terms of Reference

  • The NSW Vulnerable Persons Food Safety Scheme Consultative Committee (the Committee) has the function of consulting with the NSW Food Authority (the Authority) in relation to section 105 of the Food Act 2003 and Part 9 Division 3 clause 147 of Food Regulation 2015 (Vulnerable Persons Food Safety Scheme).
  • The Food Authority is to ensure that consultation on the following matters is undertaken with the Committee in relation to the Vulnerable Persons Food Safety Scheme (the Scheme):
    • the continuing operation of the Scheme
    • any proposed amendment of the Scheme
       
  • The Committee will establish the main forum through which the Authority will communicate its policy objectives with industry and also use the collective intelligence of members to maintain the Scheme in the most practical manner for specific industry sectors.
  • The Minister may confer additional functions on the Committee to any or all of the following:
    • the provision of advice to the Minister on matters relating to the relevant sector of industry subject to the Scheme
    • assisting in achieving industry support for the implementation of the Scheme
    • assisting in promoting the safe handling of the types of food covered by the Scheme
       
  • The Committee will keep the Minister for Primary Industries informed of its activities
  • Committee advice on specific Vulnerable Persons sector issues should generally be made to the Minister (or the Authority) and not sent directly to an external organisation or government agency. This does not limit individual members from making direct submissions on issues on behalf of their organisation or membership
  • Through its sector representatives, the Committee will encourage industry to consult with the Authority on emerging and contentious issues
  • Where considered appropriate, the Committee may establish sub-committees to address specific issues between scheduled meetings
  • In addressing issues the Committee will take into account, where appropriate, the policies and practices of interstate and overseas government food agencies and industry organisations
  • The Committee will comprise a chairperson appointed by the NSW Food Authority, a Private Hospitals representative, an Aged Care representative, an Aged and Community Services representative, a Delivered Meals Organisation representative, a Health Support Services representative, a representative of the Institute of Hospitality in Health Care, a representative of the NSW Food Authority and representatives from other appropriate bodies as required
  • A member will hold office for a period not exceeding three years or in accordance with appointment terms set by Cabinet, as specified in the member’s instrument of appointment, but is eligible for reappointment
  • With the exception of NSW public sector employees, members are entitled to be reimbursed the amount of expenses actually incurred when required to travel within Australia to attend committee meetings as outlined in ‘Guidelines for NSW Board and Committee Members: Appointments and Remuneration’ published by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • The procedure for the calling and holding of meetings of the committee is to be as determined by the Authority in consultation with appointed member

Membership

Charter September 2015

Representation Name/Address Email
NSW Food Authority MR PETER DAY
Executive Director - Compliance, Investigation & Enforcement
NSW Food Authority
PO Box 6682, Silverwater NSW 1811
peter.day@foodauthority.nsw.go.au
Aged & Community Services
(Aged & Community Services Association of NSW & ACT Incorporated)
MS JULIE ANDERSON
Consultancy Coordinator/Consultant
Aged & Community Services Association of NSW & ACT Incorporated
PO Box 3124
Rhodes NSW 2138
juliea@agedservices.asn.au
Delivered meals organisation
(NSW Meals on Wheels Association)
MS GAIL CARROLL
Acting General Manager, Network Strategy and Services
NSW Meals on Wheels Association
4/80 Cooper Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
 
gailc@nswmealsonwheels.org.au
HealthShare NSW MR GLENN HADFIELD
Manager Quality Assurance Hunter New England Area
HealthShare NSW
C/- Hunter Corporate Catering, PO Box 240 Cessnock NSW 2325
 
glenn.hadfield@hss.health.nsw.
gov.au

 

Contact

Enquiries regarding the VP Committee can be made by contacting the relevant industry representative of the NSW Food Authority helpline at