About Food Allergy Training

The National Allergy Strategy is an initiative of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA), as the leading medical and patient organisations for allergy in Australia.

The National Allergy Strategy food service project funded by the Australian Government engaged with key stakeholders through a variety of methods including face to face meetings and focus groups.

All about Allergens

To develop the All about Allergens course, the National Allergy Strategy engaged with AMES Australia to update and improve the original AMES All about Allergens CD-ROM to be a free online training course available from the National Allergy Strategy.

All About Allergens

All about Allergens training is a free online course for anyone working in food service. The course takes about 1-1.5 hours to complete and a certificate can be printed on completion. 

On 19 October 2021 release 4 of All about Allergens designated All about Allergens 2021 was opened. The new version:  

  • Is shorter - takes around 45 minutes to complete
  • Is more applicable to food services where staff work both front of house and back of house (kitchen) roles, particularly in café and restaurant chains
  • Is interactive and engaging with information conveyed through videos, images and click through slides
  • Is up to date with the latest evidence-based best-practice and legislation changes such as those recently made to Australian labelling laws
  • Has a simplified final assessment that tests knowledge using straight forward questions.

On 15 October 2020 release 3 of All about Allergens designated All about Allergens 2020 was opened. Changes to the course included minor updates, question flow and device access improvement.  

On 4 April 2018 release 2 of All about Allergens was added. Changes to the course included minor updates and question flow improvement. 

All about Allergens for Cooks and Chefs

Next step for cooks and chefs: GFS 

From 19 October 2021 cooks and chefs only need to complete one course – All about Allergens for Cooks and Chefs. Previously cooks and chefs needed to complete All about Allergens and The next step for cooks and chefs: general food service. Now cooks and chefs can access everything they need to know from one combined course which takes around 1 hour to complete.

All about Allergens: The next step for cooks and chefs
To provide food allergen management education specifically for cooks and chefs, the National Allergy Strategy has developed All about Allergens: The next step for cooks and chefs for people working in general food service kitchens, to assist them in making their food business safer for customers with food allergies. 

All about Allergens for Schools and Children's education and care

All about Allergens for Schools is designed for school canteen and tuckshop staff, cooks and chefs working in boarding school kitchens, food technology teachers and senior students undertaking food technology classes.

All about Allergens for Children’s Education and Care (CEC) is designed for kitchen staff (cooks and chefs), educators and teachers working in long day care, preschool/kindergarten, family day care, outside school hours care, vacation and occasional care and other education and care services.

All about Allergens for Schools All about Allergens for Children’s education and care

All about Allergens for Camps

This course has been developed specifically for staff who prepare, serve and supervise meals in camps, to gain knowledge about food allergens, and to develop best practice procedures.


All about Allergens for Hospitals 
Courses have been designed to assist hospitals gain knowledge about food allergy, adopt best practice procedures for food allergen management throughout the hospital.

Kitchen Managers and Supervisors Kitchen Staff

Ward Managers and Nurses Ward Support Staff

Further information about the National Allergy Strategy is available from www.nationalallergystrategy.org.au  

Last modified: Tuesday, 19 October 2021, 1:49 AM