National & international strategies

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The frameworks and strategies play and important guiding role in changing
the food environment to better support healthier diets. They must reflect
and be designed to support positive changes to the food environment.

National Obesity Strategy

Launched in March 2022 the National Obesity Strategy aims to halt the rise and reverse the trend in the prevalence of obesity in adults, and to reduce overweight and obesity in children and adolescents by at least 5% by 2030.

Food for Health Alliance welcomed the release of the National Obesity Strategy but over a year on we are yet to see any implementation strategy or action. Food for Health Alliance is calling for governments across Australia to take action to ensure the aims of the National Obesity Strategy are met.

National Obesity Strategy

National Preventive Health Strategy

National Preventive Health Strategy

Chronic conditions are the leading cause of ill health and death in Australia, accounting for 87% of deaths. The National Preventive Health Strategy is a 10-year strategy designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians at all stages of life. One of the seven focus areas requiring critical action is nutrition.

Read more about the strategy here.

Food Policy Index

Comprehensive government policy action is needed to address obesity and improve population diets.

Unhealthy diets and obesity are leading contributors to poor health in Australia. Addressing obesity and improving population diets requires a comprehensive government response at the Commonwealth and State/Territory levels.

There is expert consensus internationally on policy actions that are required to improve population nutrition and create healthier food environments.

Our partner, the Global Centre for Preventive Health and Nutrition (GLOBE) at Deakin University (with support from Food for Health Alliance and The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre) created the Food Policy Index to assess the extent to which each jurisdiction in Australia is implementing globally recommended policies, and identify priority actions at the state/territory and federal level.

The Food Policy Index covers key policy areas, including specific aspects of food environments (such as food composition, labelling, promotion, prices and provision) that have been shown to have an important impact on population diets and obesity, as well as infrastructure support (including leadership, governance, monitoring and funding) that helps facilitate effective policy implementation.

Food Policy Index


National Obesity Strategy critical as AIHW data reveals burden of inaction

Food for Health Alliance is calling on the Federal Government to fund and implement the National Obesity Strategy to support critical health measures that boost quality of life and reduce rates of premature death and disability for Australians.

CSIRO consultation: transforming Australian food systems

Food for Health Alliance strongly supports the development of a guide for the transformation of Australia’s food systems, to reach a more healthy, equitable and sustainable future. Read our response to the CSIRO’s discussion paper

The commercial determinants of unhealthy diets

Unhealthy diets are a leading risk factor for obesity and non-communicable disease. Food choices are made within the context of people’s social circumstances as well as the broader food environment. Read more

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Protecting children from unhealthy food marketing 

Learn about protecting children from the processed food industry’s unhealthy food marketing.

Improving baby and toddler foods

Learn about improving the composition, labelling and promotion of ready-made foods for babies and toddlers to support good health.

Improving food labelling

Labelling of packaged foods should provide accurate information that enables consumers to make choices in line with dietary guidelines. Learn about our work to improve food labelling.

Pricing measures for healthier diets

Pricing measures can promote healthier diets through encouraging reformulation by industry and by influencing the purchase and consumption of food and drinks.

National & international strategies

Learn about the frameworks and strategies that play an important role in changing the food environment to better support healthier diets.