Stakeholder Workshops

The Health Star Rating (HSR) Advisory Committee (HSRAC) oversees the voluntary implementation of the HSR system.

Many stakeholder workshops have been held since the introduction of the HSR system.

Upcoming Workshops

Form of the Food (‘As Prepared’) Stakeholder Workshops – 2017

The HSRAC is reappraising the form of the food (‘as prepared’) rules in The Guide for Industry to the HSR Calculator (the Guide).

The form of the food, or ‘as prepared’, provision in the Guide allows products that need to be prepared prior to consumption to calculate their HSR based on 100g/ml of the product ‘as prepared’ according to the instructions printed on the product label. As a consequence, the HSR of these products can be improved by the nutritional components of the added ingredients.

On 28 April 2017, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation noted concerns from stakeholders in relation to the ‘as prepared’ rules and asked the HSRAC to address these concerns as a matter of priority.

The issue is complex, as the products affected are from a diverse range of food categories and all of these product categories will need to be considered so that any unintended consequences of potential options are identified. The HSRAC has agreed that consultation with stakeholders will be required before any changes are made to the HSR system.

The HSRAC commenced reappraisal of the ‘as prepared’ rules through a public submission process which opened on 19 May 2017 on the Department of Health’s Consultation Hub and closed on 30 June 2017. A total of 74 submissions were received. A summary table of the submissions will be made available on the HSR website once finalised.

Three workshops will be held in Sydney, New Zealand and Melbourne from late September to mid October 2017. The purpose of the workshops is to consider the pros and cons of potential options to address the ‘as prepared’ issue in the context of the objectives and principles of the HSR system. A discussion paper outlining the options that were raised through the public submission process will be considered at the workshops.

PDF version: Discussion paper for face to face consultation (PDF 79 KB)
Word version: Discussion paper for face to face consultation (Word 62 KB)

PDF version: Attachment 3 - Summary of public submissions on 'as prepared' rules under the Health Star Rating (HSR) system (PDF 333 KB)
Word version: Attachment 3 - Summary of public submissions on 'as prepared' rules under the Health Star Rating (HSR) system (Word 71 KB)

Outcomes from these workshops will also inform the modelling to be undertaken by the Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The TAG will model and analyse prospective changes to HSR values for specific products and categories, to highlight the impact of the proposed options.

Details of the workshops are as follows:

Location

Date

Time

Venue

Sydney

Thurs 28 September 2017

9.00am-1.00pm

SMC Conference and Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney

Auckland

Thurs 5 October 2017

9.30am-1.00pm

Fonterra Centre, 109 Fanshawe Street, Auckland

Melbourne

Thurs 12 October 2017

9.00am-1.00pm

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

Please note: should numbers exceed capacity for the Sydney and Melbourne workshops, an afternoon workshop will be held in addition to the morning workshop, and attendees will be advised accordingly.

Invitation

PDF version: HSR Invitation to workshops (PDF 85 KB)
Word version: HSR Invitation to workshops (Word 335 KB)

Previous Workshops

2016

The stakeholder workshops held in 2016 were facilitated and focussed on discussions on a range of key issues. The aim of the workshops was to understand how the HSR was operating, the strengths of the system, the challenges to implementing the system and the opportunities for improvement to the system.

Summary reports from these workshops are below:

Melbourne

Word version: Melbourne (morning session) – 18 May 2016 (Word 135 KB)
PDF version: Melbourne (morning session) – 18 May 2016 (PDF 186 KB)

Word version: Melbourne (afternoon session) – 18 May 2016 (Word 836 KB)
PDF version: Melbourne (afternoon session) – 18 May 2016 (PDF 113 KB)

Perth

Word version: Perth – 22 June 2016 (Word 23 KB)
PDF version: Perth – 22 June 2016 (PDF 49 KB)

Brisbane

Word version: Brisbane – 29 June 2016 (Word 878 KB)
PDF version: Brisbane – 29 June 2016 (PDF 89 KB)

Sydney

Word version: Sydney (morning session) – 4 August 2016 (Word 801 KB)
PDF version: Sydney (morning session) – 4 August 2016 (PDF 120 KB)

Word version: Sydney (afternoon session) – 4 August 2016 (Word 808 KB)
PDF version: Sydney (afternoon session) – 4 August 2016 (PDF 120 KB)

Auckland, New Zealand

Word version: Auckland, New Zealand - 12 October 2016 (Word 1190 KB)
PDF version: Auckland, New Zealand - 12 October 2016 (PDF 150 KB)

SA Health and Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Workshop

In December 2016 a workshop for dietitians, nutrition professionals and student/graduate dietitians was held in Adelaide by SA Health in conjunction with the DAA. This workshop aimed to highlight the strengths of the HSR system and opportunities that the HSR system presents.

A summary report from this workshop is below:

PDF version: Adelaide – 15 December 2016 (PDF 103 KB)
Word version: Adelaide – 15 December 2016 (Word 28 KB)

2014 and 2015

The HSRAC held several stakeholder workshops in 2014 and 2015. The purpose of these workshops was to disseminate information about the HSR system, provide an update on work under way and obtain feedback from stakeholders about their experiences or issues with the HSR system.

Answers to all of the questions which were asked at the stakeholder workshops in 2014 are available:

Word version: Health Star Rating Stakeholder Workshops 2014 - Q&A's (Word 55KB)
PDF version: Health Star Rating Stakeholder Workshops 2014 - Q&A's (PDF 81KB)