Key Information

Delivery Online
Duration 2-3 hours
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About this course

As shellfish are considered a high risk food, all shellfish farmers in New South Wales are required to hold and maintain a sampler licence at all times. This course has been put together by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Food Authority, the University of Tasmania to train personnel involved in the production, harvesting and treatment of shellfish to ensure they are committed to producing shellfish in accordance with the NSW Shellfish Program.

This includes maintaining consistency and currency in food safety programs that are compliant with the requirements of the various Acts, Regulations, codes and policies within the various NSW Food Authority legislative frameworks.

At the end of this training, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance and an approved Sampler Licence Number

Disclaimer: The University of Tasmania has been given permission to use the content of this short course (for training purposes), which is owned by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI).  Therefore, individual users do not have any rights to replicate the materials contained. The University takes no responsibility or liability for an individual’s use or reliance on the content in the short course. 

How you will learn

This course will be a fully online course which we recommend allocating up to 2 hours  of study time to complete.  There are no formal assignments required for this course and all participants will receive a Certificate of Attendence on completion.  Your access to the online learning material will also remain open for TBD.

Who should do this course?

This course is for individuals and organisations currently operating as shellfish samplers in New South Wales. All samplers must have a current shellfish licence and complete recertification every two years, as required by the NSW DPI Food Authority. This course has previously been offered as a face-to-face course and is now available for participants to completed fully online.

What you will learn

  • Discover why shellfish are subject to food safety standards and quality assurance.

  • Learn about the state based regulations and national standards that are applied to shellfish harvest in New South Wales.

  • Learn how to conduct and submit samples outlined in state based documents that assist sampling procedures.


Department of Primary Industries Food Authority

As Australia’s first and only wholly integrated through-chain food regulatory agency, the NSW Food Authority is responsible for regulating and monitoring food safety across the entire food industry supply chain in NSW - from paddock to plate. The Food Authority plays a vital role in protecting the health and wellbeing of the people in NSW through: mitigating food safety risks, rapidly responding in the event of a food safety incident, improving the clarity and accessibility of food information and providing education, training and technical information to consumers and industry.

Dr Robin Katersky Barnes

Robin Barnes is the Coordinator of the Associate Degree in Applied Science at the University College at UTAS. Robin has more than 15 years’ experience as a researcher in the Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field and as a project manager on multiple UTAS projects. She has broad research interests in Education and Training and more recently focused on pathways to Higher Education, parental engagement in schools and educational aspirations in rural and regional areas.