Partners and links

Government policy/guidelines

There are a number of different government canteen policy/guidelines across Australian States and Territories. However, there are a number of synergies as they are each based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013). With the exception of New South Wales, all jurisdictions 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 jurisdictions also have organisations who support to school canteens to help implement policy/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)

South Australian School Canteen Network  

Western Australian School Canteen Association


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

Environmental Health Australia

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ)

Heart Foundation


Nutrition Australia

Stephanie Alexander Kitchener Garden Foundation