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Pricing measures

A 20% health levy on sugar-sweetened beverages is an effective tool for reducing consumption and tackling high rates of overweight and obesity. But the sugar-sweetened beverages industry is against the idea. In this video, Obesity Policy Coalition Executive Manager Jane Martin debunks the industry’s myths with credible evidence of why Australia needs a health levy on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Policy briefs

A comprehensive strategy to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in Australia

The above paper should be read in conjunction with The case for an Australian levy on sugar-sweetened beverages.

The case for an Australian levy on sugar-sweetened beverages

This outlines the evidence for a health levy on sugary drinks.


Counterpoint: Analysis of industry arguments against a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages in Australia

Read more about what the industry says about a health levy on sugary drinks vs the evidence.

The impact of a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages on health and health care costs: a modelling study

Read the economic evidence for a health levy in Australia.


Budget submission to the Australian Government on the economic reasons in support of a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages

This submission contains OPC’s recommendations to Treasury for the 2017–2018 Australian Government budget.

Australian Government's Tax Review and Re:think tax discussion paper

The OPC's submission 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 health levy on sugar sweetened beverages.