Partners and links

Government policy/guidelines

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care has developed guidelines for all school canteens in Australia. These guidelines provide information to school canteen managers who want to supply healthy food and drinks in their canteens.

In 2019, The Good Practice Guide: supporting healthy eating and drinking at school, was published by COAG Health Council and COAG Education Council and endorsed for release by Health and Education Ministers Nationally. The guide “supports school communities to create environments where students are enabled and supported to make informed healthy food and drink choices”.

In addition, there are a number of different government canteen policy/guidelines across Australian States and Territories. Whilst there are some differences between jurisdictions they are all based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013) and most use a traffic light system to categorise food and drinks.

The policy/guidelines are reviewed regularly by policy owners including the Departments of Health and Education.

Below you will find a link to each State and Territory’s policy/guidelines.

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia

Canteen Associations and Networks

Most States and Territories also have organisations who support school canteens to help implement policies and guidelines.

FOCIS recognises the important role of Canteen Associations and Networks and aims to advocate for greater effectiveness and efficiency based on collaboration.

FOCIS member Association and networks include:

Healthy Eating Advisory Service (Victoria)

Western Australian School Canteen Association

Fresh SNAP (WA)

School Food Matters (Tasmania)

ACT Nutrition Support Service

Healthy Kids Association (NSW)

Queensland Association of School Tuckshops

Partners and links

FOCIS has partnerships with those that aim to support, promote, facilitate and empower school communities. We also acknowledged that finding reliable food and nutrition information on the internet can be tricky. FOCIS recommends seeking further advice from the following sources:

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia

Australian Dietary Guidelines

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

Diabetes Australia

Dietitians Australia

Environmental Health Australia

EON Foundation

Foodbank Australia

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ)

Heart Foundation


Nutrition Australia

Stephanie Alexander Kitchener Garden Foundation

Government Health Strategies

FOCIS welcomes the Government’s announcement of the following strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.

National Preventative Health Strategy 2021 – 2030

National Obesity Strategy 2022 – 2032