Food Industry & the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy

Whether the school canteen market is a space you already work in or would like to work in in the future, being familiar with the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy is useful for marketing and product development directed at NSW school canteens.

Strategy-related Resources for the Food Industry

Food Industry Guide to the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy – A brief guide that provides an overview and outline of the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy and information on how to support its implementation.

NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy Food and Drink Criteria – This criteria document is based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines and outlines food and drinks permitted for sale through canteens in NSW government school canteens and vending machines.

NSW Buyers Guide – A valuable tool to help school canteens build healthy canteen menus in line with the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy. The NSW Buyers Guide is a hard copy book and is sent to all schools in NSW. It is also available digitally on the Healthy Kids Association website.

Healthy Food Finder – A useful database to help find foods and drinks suitable for NSW school canteens and health facilities. The food industry can request to have their products added and/or sign up to search the database for products.

Guide for Industry to the Health Star Rating Calculator – This guide provides detailed information about how the Health Star Rating is calculated, including example calculations. It also contains essential information that will allow the Health Star Rating to be calculated correctly and should be read before using the Health Star Rating Calculator.

Health Star Rating Calculator – Used to calculate the Health Star Rating of a product. Available as an Excel document or as an online calculator. Note: The Health Star Rating Calculator generates a rating using information about food beyond the information available on the pack. If you calculate a Health Star Rating from the information on the pack alone, it may not be accurate.

Support Line for the Food Industry – Healthy Kids Association are also able to provide free support on general enquiries on the Food and Drink Criteria such as product classification. You can contact HKA on (02) 9876 1300 or 1300 724 850 if calling from outside the Sydney, or email us at

Download our Food Industry Information Packs

Manufacturer Information Pack

Distributor/Supplier Information Pack