who is sfpq?

SFPQ Surveillance Officer outside Inghams

Safe Food Production Queensland (SFPQ) is a statutory body, established under the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000. SFPQ reports to the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

SFPQ regulates the primary production and processing of meat, eggs, dairy and seafood in Queensland.

We work to:

  • ensure that Queensland's food production systems meet national food safety standards
  • ensure that consumers have confidence in the food produced in this State.

In practice, this means introducing industry-based food safety programs that cover the span of primary produce processed in Queensland.

SFPQ has been operating in the challenging environment of managing food safety risk since 2000.

Collectively, we have hundreds of years of experience in dealing first hand with the business of food the people, the processes and products and how these elements fit together to make food safe.

The State Regulatory Framework

Each state and territory has adopted a different approach to achieving consistent food safety outcomes. Queensland has adopted a virtual food safety agency approach, whereby three government agencies work together to regulate food safety (SFPQ, QH and DAF).

The day-to-day regulation of primary production and processing is the responsibility of SFPQ. The legislation focuses on the food safety management of meat, eggs, dairy and seafood. It also provides a framework to address emerging issues that may impact on food safety.

SFPQ complements QH's activities by managing food safety matters relating to the production and processing of primary produce.

Each agency is committed to maintaining Queensland's reputation for providing safe and suitable food for both human and animal consumption. The goals of this multi-agency approach are to explain in simple terms Queensland's food safety regulation model; improve collaboration between regulatory partners; introduce practical reforms and reduce any potential overlap of agency efforts to improve the delivery of minimal, yet effective regulation.

The SFPQ Engagement Model

SFPQ works to reduce the impost on business through developing cooperative working relationships with business whereby accreditation holders and SFPQ agree to and share the principles of:

  • Awareness of food safety requirements including the legislation and how it affects the result in food safety and the success of the business.
  • Provision for food safety controls and measures as evidenced by HOA's compliance instruments e.g. food safety program and across the board in business documentation and practices.
  • Commitment to implementing and maintaining the first two principles as demonstrated by the way food safety knowledge is actioned in the business and passed on to staff and customers.

Our values

The fundamental beliefs of the people within our organisation. They guide our actions and behaviours, while influencing the way we work with each other and the way we engage with our stakeholders and the community. These behaviours underpin SFPQ as a responsive, innovative and dynamic organisation, driven by strong cultural values and a dedicated professional team.


We value our reputation for integrity and independence. We are constantly striving to uphold the highest professional standards, provide sound advice and rigorously maintain our independence. We will walk the tal even during the most challenging of times. We will always strive to do what is right.

Family happiness

We are committed to ensuring a safe, supportive and healthy working environment which supports work/life balance.

Economic security

We provide our staff with a stable income and the resources to support them now and into the future. We have a responsibility to deal fairly, openly and honestly with each other and to review, challenge and improve work practices and processes.


We honour our promises and always act with integrity towards each other and our stakeholders. We foster continuous improvement and make decisions objectively to enhance the credibility of SFPQ. We seek out responsibility and are accountable for our actions.


We achieve our goals by being innovative, creative and responsive in the way we think, act and learn. In overcoming challenges, we expand capabilities to achieve appropriate quality outcomes and success.