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About Us

At KFC we pride ourselves on using quality chicken and local ingredients from trusted suppliers.

KFC landed in Australia in 1968 when the first store was opened in Guildford, Sydney NSW.

Today KFC serves 2 million customers every week (that's a lot of chicken) through over 600 stores across Australia. This makes KFC one of the largest fast food chains in the country.

We are passionate about serving our customers freshly prepared, great tasting food with a key part of this being The Colonel's signature blend of 11 herbs and spices. Even today these remain a secret with the original recipe under lock and key in our headquarters in Kentucky, USA.

At KFC we pride ourselves on using quality chicken and local ingredients from trusted suppliers.

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What we care about

We know that our responsibility goes beyond ensuring great tasting high quality food.

We aim to make a positive difference to the communities where we work, the wider environment and of course to the lives of our employees. Take a look:

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  • Community


    Across Australian communities we believe young people should be given opportunities to reach their full potential.

  • Food


    We are passionate about serving our customers freshly prepared great tasting food that meets the highest safety and quality standards.

  • Environment


    We're conscious of our environmental impact and invest in initiatives to minimise our footprint.

  • People


    With over 25,000 employees in Australia, we believe that everyone has the potential to make a difference.


Take a scroll through KFC Australia's history.

  • Illustrated Timeline

  • 1930

    Sanders turns 40 and starts to serve up his southern fried chicken to the public.

  • 1939

    Colonel Sanders develops his fried chicken seasoning from 11 herbs and spices.

  • 1950

    Colonel Sanders dons his dapper white suit for the first time.

  • 1956

    Colonel Sanders sells his Corbin, Kentucky restaurant and goes on the road to sign up new KFC franchisees.

  • 1968

    KFC opens its first Australian restaurant in Guildford, NSW.

  • 1980

    Colonel Sanders dies aged 90. His legacy lives on.

  • 1992

    KFC announces new KFC name, packaging, product ranges and uniforms.

  • 2006

    The KFC logo was redesigned again. To launch it, we spent 24 days building an 87,500 square foot version that's so big, it's visible from space.

  • 2012

    KFC Australia switches from using sustainable palm oil to canola oil.

  • 2013

    KFC Australia opens its first energy efficient restaurant (LEED Certifiable) in East Maitland, NSW.

  • now

    Over 600 KFC restaurants span across the country.


At KFC we are committed to initiatives that are designed to reduce our environmental impact and that of our suppliers.

We are proud to have built Australia's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifiable fast food restaurant in East Maitland, NSW.

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  • We recycle

    We're on a mission to recycle as much as we can. KFC was the first fast food company to implement a 'Public Place Recycling Program' in Australia - partnered with Closed Loop. KFC has diverted over 4,000 tonnes of rubbish and we are working towards increasing this.

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    We are conscious of our impact on the environment. We endeavour to source our paper based packaging from sustainable forests and our Krusher cups are also made from recycled materials.

  • Energy saving

    Reducing electricity and water use is something we are continuing to work on across all our restaurants. By 2015, we'll have reduced our energy consumption in company-owned restaurants by 15%.

Our Food

Get to know our chickens

All of our core ingredient, chicken, is sourced locally in Australia and at least 97% of our chicken on the bone, chicken fillets and strips are delivered to stores fresh, not frozen.

All KFC chicken (like all chicken in Australia) are allowed to grow naturally, without the help of any added hormones or steroids and we source chickens from reputable Aussie suppliers like Ingham's, Steggles and Baiada – brands which you'd recognise from your local supermarket shelf.

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Food safety

Food safety is paramount; we are one of the few fast food restaurants to be accredited against the International HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) standard.

We receive annual audits at over 250 randomly selected restaurants every year. This ensures that our produce and food remains safe from paddock-to-plate.

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Our history

Ahh the age old question. Which came first, the chicken or the Colonel?

Okay, so it's pretty safe to say the chicken was there first but that's not to say the Colonel doesn't have a great story too.

In 1930, in a humble service station in Corbin, Kentucky, 40-year old Harland Sanders began cooking for hungry travellers who stopped by for gas, serving them his southern-style fried chicken from his very own kitchen table. As word spread and Sanders' fame began to grow people started travelling from far and wide just for a taste of his food. Sanders spent the next nine years perfecting his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, and the basic cooking technique that's still used today.

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It's no secret that the C in KFC stands for chicken.

But there's something else beginning with C that's really important to us ­– community.

Our work in the community is something we're really passionate about. We believe young people should be given opportunities to reach their full potential Globally, we're helping to reduce hunger around the world.

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  • Whitelion

    Over the last 10 years, KFC has been the largest employer of the Whitelion Employment Programme, providing at-risk and disadvantaged youths with employment opportunities. We employ over 40% of Whitelion participants in Victoria.

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  • World hunger relief

    KFC has partnered with World Hunger Relief since 2007 to raise awareness about global hunger, and raise funds for the United Nations World Food Program ­­– In Australia we have raised over $3.5 million to date.

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  • reach foundation

    For over 18 years, KFC has been a proud supporter of the Reach Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the mental and emotional wellbeing of young people.

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  • Responsible advertising

    We're also big on responsible advertising, which is why we've implemented a policy not to advertise directly to children, or during children's programming.

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Join Kfc

If you're umming and ahhing about what it's like working at KFC, just ask one of our 25,000 employees.

We're strong believers that our people are our greatest assets, so we invest heavily in training and coaching to help our team develop their skills, and we implement reward and recognition programs to acknowledge great work.

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If you're a passionate and energetic person with a taste for chicken and customer service, join our team today.

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