The Australian Beverages Council fully supports the Health Star Rating (HSR) system and has been actively involved in its creation, implementation, performance and review since inception.

The HSR is designed to provide key information that allows consumers to make at-a-glance comparisons of products within the same category. Further nutrient information is also available in the Nutrition Information Panel on food packaging.

The development of the HSR system, including its technical design, style guide and implementation framework, has been overseen by the collaborative efforts of:

  • Australian Beverages Council;
  • Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance;
  • Australian Food and Grocery Council;
  • Australian Industry Group;
  • Australian Medical Association;
  • Australian National Retail Association;
  • Obesity Policy Coalition; and the
  • Public Health Association of Australia.

In a recent survey of our Members, it was found that 70 per cent of non-alcoholic beverage products in Australia display the Health Star Rating (using the integrated approach). A wealth of research has shown consumers understand, support and value the scheme.

The Australian Beverages Council supports the ongoing review of the HSR and is actively engaged in the current formal review of the system after five years of implementation (June 2014 to June 2019). Further information about the review can be found here.

What does the Health Star Rating mean?

Health Star Ratings can appear on packs in a few ways: as the energy icon, just the star rating of the product or as the star rating plus additional specific nutrient content of the product.

Under the system, packaged foods are given a star rating based on their nutritional profile. This includes:

  • Energy (kilojoules).
  • Risk nutrients – saturated fat, sodium (salt) and sugars.
  • Positive nutrients – dietary fibre, protein and the proportion of fruit, vegetable, nut and legume content.


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