Canteen Support

Council helps P&C-managed school canteens, with resources, advice, and referrals to other helpful organisations.

NEW! Promotional materials to give your canteen a professional look.

Matching stickers will jazz-up the packaging of your healthy foods!

If you have a question about running your canteen which isn't covered below, please contact us.

Council resources

Information Sheets

NEW! Professional stickers to jazz-up your healthy options.CanteenStickers1CROPSM

  • Available with three different messages ("Good Fuel Food", "Boost your Brainpower", "Good Fuel = Play Longer")
  • Each message available in purple, green or black & white
  • Available FREE from us to your canteen for a limited time!
  • To request stickers, simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your requested numbers and type(s). Stickers come in sheets of 12.PackagingSM


NEW! Menu and specials board Banners to match stickers.

 To complement your professional looking packaging:

Sample Contract

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.

ACT Health

ACT Health are funding a number of projects to help canteens provide health foods while staying in business. Check out the resources for canteen as part of the Fresh Tastes initative, including the fabulous Go Fo Green guide which explains the Traffic Light System, has an extensive list of ingredients and their classification and steps you through the process of working out if your recipes are Green or Amber and how to improve them. Their Health Protection Service also have this useful Factsheet on food safety for schools.

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 a fabulous range of information about running canteens - from menus to occupational health and safety.