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Policy brief: The case for an Australian tax on sugar-sweetened beverages [ 100% ]

A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has been advanced as a potentially powerful policy intervention to improve diets and health outcomes in Australia.

This Policy Brief considers some of the key evidence supporting a tax on SSBs, explores the mechanisms that could be used to implement a tax in Australia and argues that investigation of a tax on SSBs should be a priority for the Australian Government as an effective intervention to reduce obesity and chronic disease.

Food advertising legislation blueprint [ 46% ]

The Obesity Policy Coalition has launched a new blueprint for regulating junk food advertising to children. The blueprint sets out a plan for federal and state and territory governments to enact legislation to restrict all forms of advertising and promotion of unhealthy food and beverages to children. It specifies how legislation should operate, the types of advertising and promotion that should be restricted, and proposes definitions for key terms and phrases such as ‘unhealthy food’ and ‘directed to children’. 

The blueprint has been backed by all leading Australian public health agencies, including the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance, the Australian Medical Association, and the Coalition on Food Advertising to Children.

See a summary of the proposal here

Policy brief: A comprehensive policy program to reduce consumption of sugary drinks in Australia [ 45% ]

Although many contribute to Australia's high rates of obesity, research suggests that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) play a significant role in driving obesity trends.

This paper discusses the need for action to reduce SSB consumption in Australia, and provides an overview of a proposed comprehensive policy approach.

Australian Government re:think tax discussion paper [ 36% ]

1 June 2015


The OPC's interest in the Australian Government's tax review and Re:think Tax Discussion Paper relates to how fiscal measures may be used to improve diet, weight and health outcomes in Australia.

In particular, it focuses on the importance of retaining the GST exemption for basic foods (such as fruit and vegetables) and highlights the potential benefits of other fiscal measures to encourage a healthy diet, such as a sugar-sweetened beverages tax.

Opinion piece to The Age: World Consumer Rights Day [ 27% ]

15 March 2008

Opinion piece to The Age

Letter to The Sunday Age [ 21% ]

30 March 2008

Letter to The Sunday Age

Reports of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity [ 20% ]

1 December 2015


The OPC's submission to the Interim Report of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity welcomed the report but encouraged the Commission to strengthen its position by:

  • highlighting the vital need for WHO and government led policy and regulatory reform;
  • recognising the problems with industry self-regulation and need for governments to manage inherent conflicts of interest;
  • more strongly recognising the social and environmental drivers of overweight and obesity (and the strategies to address them);
  • advocating for the elevation of the WHO Set of Recommendations on the Marketing of Foods and Non-alcoholic Beverages to Children to code or preferably convention status, and/or advocating for a framework convention on food, diets, weight and non-communicable disease; and
  • having regard to the monitoring criteria and progress of the International Network for Obesity/NCD Research, Monitoring and Support (INFORMAS) and the accounting framework recently outlined by Swinburn et al in the Second Lancet Series on Obesity (February, 2015).
The WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity released its Draft Final Report in September 2015. The Draft Final Report is available here

The OPC's responses to the WHO's online consultation questions welcomed the Draft Final Report which included a strengthened focus on prevention, recognition of the importance of government leadership and greater specificity in its recommended Policy Actions. The OPC's responses also highlighting some ways the Final Report could be further strengthened.


Policy brief: Advertising unhealthy product to children through advergames, online activities, apps and social media [ 18% ]

14 March 2014

In recent decades, a range of new marketing platforms and techniques using the internet, tablets, smart phones, Apps and games, have increasingly been used by the food and beverage industry to reach children.  

This policy brief provides an overview of:

  1. Trends in new media marketing to children of food and beverages in Australia
  2. The impact of online and new media marketing on children’s brand attitudes, food preferences and diets
  3. Policy options to reduce children’s exposure to this marketing and improve their health.

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