On 27 June 2014, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) agreed that the Health Star Rating (HSR) system should be implemented voluntarily over five years with a review of the progress of implementation after two years. Subsequent to this decision, on 20 November 2015 members of the Forum agreed that a formal review of the system should also be carried out after five years of implementation.

Review of the progress of implementation after two years (27 June 2014 to 26 June 2016)

The scope of the review of the progress of implementation after two years was agreed by the HSR Advisory Committee (HSRAC) and the former Front-of-Pack Labelling Steering Committee. The agreement was that the review report should include:

  • Outcomes of the monitoring of the HSR system undertaken by the National Heart Foundation of Australia (Heart Foundation), including analysis of the three areas of enquiry:
    • label implementation and consistency with the HSR system Style Guide;
    • consumer awareness and ability to use the HSR system correctly; and
    • nutrient status of products carrying a HSR system label.
  • Outcomes of the monitoring of the HSR system in New Zealand.
  • An update on the social marketing campaigns in Australia and New Zealand, including outcomes of the campaign evaluations.
  • A summary of: anomaly and dispute submissions considered by the HSRAC; stakeholder engagement activities; requests for information from stakeholders; media commentary; and issues that have been raised for inclusion in the formal review at five years.
  • Changes to governance arrangements.
  • Proposed activities to continue support for the implementation of the HSR system.

Reports

The two year progress report was endorsed by the Forum on 28 April 2017.

Two year progress review report on the implementation of the Health Star Rating system – June 2014 – June 2016

PDF version: Two year progress review report on the implementation of the Health Star Rating system - June 2014–June 2016 (PDF 1632 KB)
Word version: Two year progress review report on the implementation of the Health Star Rating system - June 2014–June 2016 (Word 2613 KB)

Attachments

The following reports are included as attachments to the two year progress review report:

Attachment 1: Report on the monitoring of the implementation of the Health Star Rating system in the first two years of implementation

The National Heart Foundation of Australia was engaged to undertake data collection and analysis for monitoring activities.

PDF version: Two year progress review report on the implementation of the Health Star Rating system - June 2014–June 2016 (PDF 1632 KB)
Word version: Two year progress review report on the implementation of the Health Star Rating system - June 2014–June 2016 (Word 7384 KB)

Attachment 2: The monitoring report on the implementation of the HSR system

The monitoring report on the implementation of the HSR system in New Zealand is available on the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries website.

Attachment 3: Health Star Rating System Campaign Evaluation Report—2016

The Health Star Rating System Campaign Evaluation Report—2016 can be accessed on the HSR Research web page. Pollinate Research evaluated the performance of the HSR marketing campaigns.

Formal review of the system after five years of implementation (June 2014 to June 2019)

The scope of the formal review after five years will be more comprehensive than the review of progress after two years.

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 April 2016, the 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 Forum in June 2019. Members agreed that, in order to achieve a degree of independence, consultant(s) should be engaged to complete the review.

The HSRAC has established aTechnical 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.

PDF version: Health Star Rating Technical Advisory Group Terms of Reference - PDF 37 KB
Word version: Health Star Rating Technical Advisory Group Terms of Reference - Word 31 KB

The HSRAC will conduct a public submission process for the five year review in mid-2017 and will consider submissions received. A summary table of issues raised through the public submission process will be made available on this website.