In its response to the Labelling Logic Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy 2011, the Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation (now known as the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) ) stated that it supports in principle: That the energy content be displayed on the labels of all alcoholic beverages, consistent with the requirements for other food products. The Forums proposed action was to request Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to undertake further research, including discussions with industry, and complete a cost-benefit analysis to assess the full impact of implementing this recommendation. The Forum would consider the advice provided by FSANZ before a further decision was made.
Two key pieces of work were conducted, the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and the paper ‘Broader policy issues regarding energy labelling on alcoholic beverages’.
At the FRSC meeting on 1 May 2015, members noted the CBA on the impacts of mandatory energy labelling on alcoholic beverages by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. FRSC requested that further information gathering be undertaken through consultation with jurisdictions on the broader policy contexts of obesity, food labelling and drug and alcohol strategy, to inform the process.
The Australian Government Department of Health prepared a paper, ‘Broader Policy Issues regarding energy labelling on alcoholic beverages’ for discussion at the FRSC meeting on 24-25 September 2015.
At the September 2015 meeting, FRSC agreed that the issues be progressed through the new policy framework.
In September 2016, the Forum agreed that the requirements’ in the policy framework to pass through gateway one have been met and that FRSC could progress to the next phase of the policy development process, with initial targeted stakeholder consultation to be undertaken early in this next phase.
In May 2017, FRSC approved the energy labelling of alcoholic beverages targeted consultation paper and consultation plan, and agreed to the scheduled release of the targeted consultation paper in late June 2017. In addition to seeking written submissions in response to the targeted consultation paper, FRSC agreed to host a series of facilitated roundtables:
- The Australian based roundtables were held in Sydney on 28 and 29 June 2017. HealthConsult Pty Ltd facilitated these and provided summary reports:
FRSC – Summary Report - Australian Roundtable – 2017 (Word 130 KB)
FRSC – Summary Report - Australian Roundtable – 2017 (PDF 255 KB)
FRSC – Summary Report from Public Health Roundtables – Australia - 2017 (Word 177 KB)
FRSC – Summary Report from Public Health Roundtables – Australia - 2017 (PDF 314 KB)
FRSC – Summary Report from Industry Roundtables – Australia - 2017 (Word 180 KB)
FRSC – Summary Report from Industry Roundtables – Australia - 2017 (PDF 325 KB)
FRSC – Summary Report from Consumer Group Interviews – Australia 2017 (Word 119 KB)
FRSC – Summary Report from Consumer Group Interviews – Australia 2017 (PDF 204 KB)).
- The New Zealand based roundtable consultation was held in Wellington on 5 July 2017. The Ministry for Primary Industries provided a summary report of the roundtable discussion raised, in dot point format:
FRSC – Summary Report - New Zealand Roundtable – 2017 (Word 27 KB)
FRSC – Summary Report - New Zealand Roundtable – 2017 (PDF 60 KB)).
- A total of 32 written submissions were received. Western Australia has provided a summary report of the written submissions:
FRSC - Summary of submissions - 2017 (Word 72 KB)
FRSC - Summary of submissions - 2017 (PDF 91 KB)).