The Health Star Rating system is a joint Australian, state and territory governments and New Zealand Government initiative developed in collaboration with industry, public health and consumer groups. The voluntary system will be implemented over five years from June 2014.

Committees

Several committees are involved in overseeing the implementation of the Health Star Rating system.

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation

This group includes Ministers responsible for food from across Australia and New Zealand and is chaired by the Minister for Rural Health.

Information about the Forum meetings which occurred during the development of the Health Star Rating system is available on the Department of Health website. Further information about the Forum, including Terms of Reference and meetings which concern the implementation of the Health Star Rating system, is available.

Front-of-Pack Labelling Steering Committee

On 20 November 2015, the Forum agreed that the work of the Steering Committee be absorbed into the Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC). Further information about the FRSC is available on the Department of Health website.

The Steering Committee included senior representatives from the Australian, state and territory governments, New Zealand government and a representative from the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council. The Steering Committee oversaw the implementation of the Health Star Rating system and was responsible for leading the process for developing the system with industry, public health and consumer groups, through the Front-of-Pack Labelling Project Committee. The Steering Committee reported directly to the Forum.

Information about Steering Committee meetings which occurred during the development of the Health Star Rating system is available on the Department of Health website. Further information about the former Steering Committee, including meetings which concerned the implementation of the Health Star Rating system, is available.

Health Star Rating Advisory Committee (HSRAC)

This group is responsible for overseeing the implementation and evaluation of the Health Star Rating system. This includes the assessment of potential anomalies that may be identified within the Health Star Rating Calculator.

Members are from the New Zealand government, Australian state and territory governments, as well as representatives from industry, public health and consumer groups.

The government will continue to oversee and work with all sectors in a cooperative and collaborative approach in implementing this initiative.

Further information about the HSRAC, including membership, Terms of Reference and meeting updates, is available.

Note: Information on committees involved in the development of the Health Star Rating system is available on the Department of Health website.