This page provides guidance and tools to help food manufacturers and retailers apply the Health Star Rating to their products. It includes the Health Star Rating Calculator, a technical guide for industry with information to help use the Calculator, a Style Guide on applying the label to food products, information about assessing potential anomalies and information about assessing dispute notices.

Background

The Health Star Rating system is a voluntary front-of-pack labelling scheme that has been endorsed by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum). At its meeting on 27 June 2014, the Forum agreed that the Health Star Rating system should be implemented voluntarily over five years, commencing 27 June 2014, with a review of the progress of implementation after two years.

On 13 December 2013, the Forum endorsed the Health Star Rating Calculator which underpins the voluntary Health Star Rating system. The algorithm for the calculator was developed by the former Front-of-Pack Labelling Technical Design Working Group in consultation with Food Standards Australia New Zealand and other technical and nutrition experts.

From June 2014, food manufacturers and retailers (such as supermarkets) can start to apply a Health Star Rating to the front of food products.

Guide for Industry

The Guide for Industry to the Health Star Rating Calculator provides detailed information about how the Health Star Rating is calculated, including example calculations.

This document contains important information that will allow the Health Star Rating to be calculated correctly, and should be read before using the Health Star Rating Calculator.

Health Star Rating Calculator

The Health Star Rating Calculator allows you to enter the specific nutritional information of your products to calculate the star rating. The Health Star Rating Calculator should be used in conjunction with the Guide for Industry to the Health Star Rating Calculator.

Health Star Rating system Style Guide

The Health Star Rating system Style Guide provides guidance for the application of the Health Star Rating system on food packages.

The purpose of the Health Star Rating system is to provide convenient, relevant and readily understood nutrition information and/or guidance on packaged food to assist consumers to make informed purchases and healthier food choices. Further information about the scope of the Health Star Rating system is included in the Style Guide.

The Health Star Rating system comprises three principle elements:

  • Health Star Rating
  • Energy declaration
  • Nutrient content declarations

The Style Guide provides examples of how these three elements can be used on food product packages, including specifications for the preferred graphic.

Use of the Style Guide will allow the Health Star Rating system to be implemented consistently. Questions about the use of the Style Guide and the Health Star Rating graphic on food product packaging can be directed to the independent Secretariat that is providing support to the implementation. Contact the Front-of-Pack Labelling Secretariat

Anomalies

The Health Star Rating Advisory Committee (HSRAC) 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. The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has agreed to a process for the HSRAC to assess potential anomalies.

This version of the ‘Process for assessing a potential anomaly’ (version 3) incorporates amendments to remove references to the Front-of-Pack Labelling Steering Committee and was uploaded on 6 May 2016.

Process for assessing a potential anomaly (Word 31 KB)
Process for assessing a potential anomaly (PDF 541 KB)

A submission form to assist in the provision of information to the HSRAC to assess a potential anomaly within the Health Star Rating Calculator is available. Complete the form and submit it to the Front-of-Pack Labelling Secretariat. Contact the Secretariat.

Submission form to have a potential anomaly assessed (Word 34 KB)
Submission form to have a potential anomaly assessed (PDF 234 KB)

A register of potential anomalies received to date is available.

Register of potential anomalies (Word 33 KB)
Register of potential anomalies (PDF 428 KB)

Dispute Resolution Process

The Health Star Rating Advisory Committee has agreed to a process for assessing and resolving disputes. This process will address dispute notices related to the Health Star Rating system in an equitable, objective and unbiased manner. This process is separate to the process for assessing potential anomalies within the Health Star Rating Calculator. If you wish to submit a dispute notice or lodge a review request, please use the appropriate form included in the appendices of the Dispute Resolution Process.

Dispute Resolution Process (Word 30 KB)
Dispute Resolution Process (PDF 436 KB)