The OPC's submission supports the Queensland government's proposal for legislation to require kilojoule labelling on fast food menus. It also identifies how the proposed legislation could be strengthened and encourages the QLD government to draw upon the learnings from menu labelling schemes in NSW, SA and the ACT, as well as the voluntary Health Star Rating system applicable to packaged foods across Australia.
The Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 was introduced into the Queensland Parliament on 12 November 2015. As much of the detail of the scheme will be prescribed by regulation, a draft of the Food Amendment Regulation and Explanatory Notes was also tabled in Parliament. These instruments largely reflected the proposal outlined in the consultation paper but also include changes to the application of the legislation to standard food items in supermarkets and trial products. Penalties for non-compliance were also increased to ensure consistency with NSW and ACT legislation.