Canteen Support

Council helps P&C-managed school canteens, with resources, advice and referrals to other helpful organisations.
If you have a question about running your canteen which isn't covered below, please contact us.

Council resources

Information Sheets on:

Canteen Help contact list - who to contact for help with your canteen.

Sample contract for canteen managers, with notes and explanations (word document which you can modify for your canteen). You can check pay rates for employees using the Fair Work Ombudsman's calculator. The relevant modern award for canteen employees is the Fast Foods Award 2010.

Benefit from shared expertise of other P&Cs through our Canteens Working Group, be inspired by what other canteens are doing:

Other helpful organisations

Healthy Kids Association

The Healthy Kids Association provides extensive, authoritative support and advice for canteens. Council has paid the fees so that all P&C run canteens in the ACT are now members of this organisation. As members, P&Cs can access:

Read how one school used the Business Advisory Service to turn-around the financial position of their canteen.

Nutrition Australia's Nutrition Support Service

Nutrition Australia's Nutrition Support Service offers a menu review and advice service. You can contact one of their dietitians for answers to your food and menu questions on 6162 2583 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..You can also follow them on Twitter (@ACTNSS) and Facebook for tips and useful information. They also have a great range of healthy recipes and now sell healthier burger patties and sausage rolls under their BetterBites brand.

They also do full menu assessments to determine which of your menu items are ‘green’, ‘amber’ and ‘red’ foods. Council is funding reviews for P&C-run canteens.

Nutrition Australia also run training courses a couple of times a year, qualifying canteen managers as nationally recognised Food Safety Supervisors. In addition, they run menu planning workshops and an annual Canteens Expo with information on marketing your canteen and services available to help school canteens succeed as well as presenting Canteen Fresh Menu Awards for ACT's healthiest school menus.

YMCA of Canberra - 'Nutri-Ys'

Supported by an ACT Health Grant, the YMCA's Nutri-Ys food services are providing tasty 'Green' home-style frozen meals for you to sell in your canteen - that is home style canteen food without the cooking!

ACT Education Directorate

The Directorate has a range of information sheets to help you comply with food and drink guidelines, including the traffic light system, labeling food and canteen deeds.


FOCiS, an organisation looking after school canteens nationally, has fabulous range of information about running canteens - from menus to occupational health and safety. To access the fact sheets, click on the 'ACT login' at the bottom of the FOCiS website and use the username ACTSCA and password mycanteen.