National Nutrition Policy

Page last updated: 24 April 2013

National Nutrition Policy

In January 2011, the Australian Government received the Final Report of the Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy, which was commissioned by the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council at the request of the Council of Australian Governments. The Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation, which replaced the Ministerial Council, agreed its response to the recommendations in the review report in December 2011.

In its recommendations, the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation agreed to develop a comprehensive National Nutrition Policy.

The Nutrition Policy will provide an overarching framework to identify, prioritise, drive and monitor nutrition initiatives within the context of the governments' preventive health agendas.

National Nutrition Committee

The Department of Health and Ageing is leading the Development of the Nutrition Policy with input from States and Territories.

A National Nutrition Committee, chaired by the Department of Health and Ageing, is providing advice on the Policy development process. The Committee comprises of senior level representatives from the State and Territory health departments and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Scoping Study to inform the development of the National Nutrition Policy

A scoping study is underway which will inform the development of the Nutrition Policy.

The scoping study will identify and analyse key priority areas for action and formulate recommendations regarding the scope, format and timelines for implementation of a Nutrition Policy.

The findings from the scoping study will be used by the Department of Health and Ageing to inform the development of a comprehensive discussion paper which will be considered during the development of the Nutrition Policy.

Consultations

Public consultations will occur throughout the development of the Nutrition Policy, including with key Government departments, industry, professional and consumer groups.

This website will be regularly updated with information on the consultation process and how you can be involved.

Process to develop the National Nutrition Policy

Future activities for the development of the Nutrition Policy will include:
  • the development of a discussion paper to define the content of the Policy;
  • public consultations on the discussion paper;
  • development of the draft Policy;
  • public consultations on the draft Policy; and
  • the finalisation, release and implementation of the Policy
It is anticipated that development of the Nutrition Policy will take 24 months. This would be followed by a five to ten year implementation phase.

Additional Information - The 1992 Food and Nutrition Policy

The Food and Nutrition Policy (1992) was based on the principles of good nutrition, sustainability and equity and aimed to improve the health of all Australians and reduce the burden of preventable diet-related death, illness and disability. Strategies that contributed to the implementation of the policy were outlined in the National Food and Nutrition Policy Summary Report (1998).

For further information please email PHD Frontdesk