In April 2016, the Health Star Rating (HSR) Advisory Committee (HSRAC) commenced planning for the five year review of the HSR system and agreed that, if possible, the review report will be provided to the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) in 2019.

The Terms of Reference for the five year review follow:
PDF version: Terms of Reference for the five year review of the Health Star Rating system (PDF 23 KB)
Word version: Terms of Reference for the five year review of the Health Star Rating system (Word 29 KB)

In September 2016, the HSRAC established a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to analyse the performance of the HSR Calculator and respond to technical issues and related matters referred to it by the HSRAC.

HSRAC Members agreed that, in order to achieve a degree of independence, consultant(s) should be engaged to complete the review. In July 2017, following an Approach to Market process, Matthews Pegg Consulting (mpconsulting) was engaged as the independent reviewer.

It is proposed that a draft of the review report will be made available for public comment in early 2019 (for at least six weeks). Following consideration of feedback on the review report, the report will be finalised and provided to the Forum (through the HSRAC and the Food Regulation Standing Committee) in 2019.

The review report will be considered by the following bodies:

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The timeline for the five year review will be updated as the review progresses.
PDF Version: Five year review timeline (PDF 235 KB)
Excel version: Five year review timeline (Excel 14 KB)

A public submission process for the five year review was conducted between June and August 2017 and the HSRAC is considering the submissions received.

mpconsulting has prepared a report on submissions to the five year review of the HSR system and has also proposed a future consultation strategy. A list of submissions made has been prepared. This includes names and/or organisations, if permission to publish these was provided. If permission was not granted, only the selected background/interest group is available.

PDF version: Submissions to the five year review of the HSR system (PDF 446 KB)
Excel version: Submissions to the five year review of the HSR system (Excel 23 KB)

mpconsulting has prepared a report on submissions to the five year review of the HSR system and has also proposed a future consultation strategy.

PDF version: Report on Submissions to the Five Year Review of the Health Star Rating System (PDF 736 KB)
Word version: Report on Submissions to the Five Year Review of the Health Star Rating System (Word 217 KB)

PDF version: 5 Year Review of the Health Star Rating system – Future Consultation Opportunities (PDF 477 KB)
Word version: 5 Year Review of the Health Star Rating system – Future Consultation Opportunities (Word 28 KB)

mpconsulting has also prepared a Navigation Paper. The Navigation Paper relates to Stage 2 Wider Consultations (Feb-Apr 2018) (see the Stakeholder Workshops page) as referred to in the above 5 Year Review of the Health Star Rating system – Future Consultation Opportunities.

PDF version: Navigation Paper (PDF 355 KB)
Word version: Navigation Paper (Word 252 KB)

mpconsulting have provided the following update on the release of material to support further targeted consultations on key issues (Stage 3 – Subject Specific Discussions):

From February to April this year, mpconsulting held public forums across Australia and New Zealand to inform the Five Year Review of the Health Star Rating (HSR) system. The forums have now been concluded. Thank you to all who attended and provided feedback.

As flagged in forums, the next stage of the Review includes the release of subject specific discussion papers. In forums, we indicated there would be two papers made available for public comment in May and July 2018.

As discussed at forums, the papers will be informed by the advice of the HSR Technical Advisory Group (TAG), which is currently undertaking detailed modelling of how the HSR system aligns with dietary guidelines, and also modelling various options for system enhancement identified by stakeholders and canvassed at the forums.

To ensure the incorporation of TAG modelling advice, along with the valuable input of stakeholders, we are now proposing to release one comprehensive discussion paper in mid - October 2018. The TAG modelling advice will be released at the same time. The discussion paper (and TAG advice) will be available for comment for a period of six weeks, from mid - October 2018.

We appreciate this is a delay in the expected timing, but we are keen to ensure the discussion paper is as comprehensive as possible (and do not anticipate changes to overall timeframes for the Review).

We look forward to continuing to work with you through the next stage of the Review.
mpconsulting will hold three further stakeholder workshops in November 2018 to enable stakeholders to continue to provide input on key issues for the review, including on options for system enhancements. A discussion paper on issues to be discussed at the forums will be released in mid-October. Further information on the workshops is available on the Stakeholder Workshops page.