Dietary Guidelines Sustainability Working Group

NHMRC is seeking individuals to join a Dietary Guidelines Sustainability Working Group (the Working Group) as part of the revision of the Australian Dietary Guidelines (the Guidelines). The Working Group will provide advice to the Dietary Guidelines Expert Committee (the Expert Committee) about the strength and quality of evidence about sustainability and diet (accessible, affordable and equitable diets with low environmental impacts).

Individuals who meet the selection criteria are invited to express their interest in a position on the Working Group.

About the Australian Dietary Guidelines

The Guidelines provide the evidence base for Australia’s public health nutrition policies and practices. They support healthy food choices and eating behaviours for all Australians.

While the 2013 Guidelines included messages about the environmental impact of food choices, the placement of the messages in an appendix has made them easy to overlook. Stakeholder feedback suggests there is low awareness of their existence.

During scoping work for the revision of the 2013 Guidelines the need to update information on sustainable diets was identified as a high priority. The revision of the Guidelines provides an opportunity to improve integration of messages about food sustainability into the Guidelines.

More information on the revision is available on the NHMRC website (Review of the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines).

Appointment process

Working Group members will be appointed based on their recognised expertise in areas such as evidence translation, environmental science, agriculture/aquaculture, food science/manufacturing, public policy, economics/social economics/sociology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, regional and remote areas, and equity.

Applicants will be assessed against pre-determined criteria including the NHMRC disclosure of interests policy. Suitable candidates will be shortlisted and presented to the NHMRC CEO or their delegate for consideration and subsequent appointment.

All Working Group members will be appointed as independent experts, not as representatives of an organisation or jurisdiction.

More information on the appointment process and the selection criteria is available on the selection criteria page.

Expressions of interest will only be accepted through the web form.

Applications close 3pm AEDT 5 March 2024.

Questions about this process can be sent to

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NHMRC is collecting your personal information to assess your suitability for the Sustainability Working Group. If you do not provide this information, we may not be able to consider your application. We will hold it internally and will not disclose it to any third party without your consent. Further information, including how to access the personal information collected by us, complain about NHMRC’s handling of your personal information, or how to apply for it to be corrected, can be found in the NHMRC Privacy Policy.

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