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:
Terms of Reference for the five year review of the Health Star Rating system (PDF 23 KB)
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:

Image of a list of considering bodies

The timeline for the five year review will be updated as the review progresses.
Five year review timeline (PDF 369 KB)
Five year review timeline (Excel 15 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.

Submissions to the five year review of the HSR system (PDF 446 KB)
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.

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

5 Year Review of the Health Star Rating system – Future Consultation Opportunities (PDF 477 KB)
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.

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

mpconsulting has identified 10 key issues relating to the products on which the HSR appears and the way that stars are calculated, and has proposed a range of options for addressing identified issues and, where possible, specified its preferred option. These issues are described in the Five Year Review of the Health Star Rating System - Consultation Paper: Options for System Enhancement.

Five Year Review of the Health Star Rating System – Consultation Paper: Options for System Enhancement (PDF 944 KB)
Five Year Review of the Health Star Rating System – Consultation Paper: Options for System Enhancement (Word 430 KB)

mpconsulting now seeks stakeholder views on the issues and the options. mpconsulting also welcomes input on the impacts of the various options, and any suggestions for alternative options to address the identified issues.

Interested parties may provide submissions via the Australian Department of Health’s Consultation Hub until midnight Friday 7 December 2018.

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. Further information on the workshops is available on the Stakeholder Workshops page.

The HSRAC has worked closely with the TAG to develop a range of technical papers on various issues identified by stakeholders. These papers are available on the mpconsulting website, alongside a test calculator (Excel 177 KB) incorporating the preferred options identified by mpconsulting in the consultation paper.