The Australian Government has provided NHMRC with $2.5 million in funding to review the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines. In 2023, the Australian Government provided an additional $1.75 million for development of dietary guidance for the general Australian population aged 65+ years (or 50+ years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples). The review will ensure the Guidelines remain a trusted resource by considering the best and most recent scientific evidence.

NHMRC has begun the task of revising the Guidelines, with the first step being a scan of the latest nutrition science research and evidence from Australia and overseas.

Diet is a huge topic. NHMRC will use existing evidence where available to update the evidence base underpinning the 2013 Guidelines and identify key gaps in the evidence base where new evidence reviews may be commissioned. Visit the Scope page for further information about the process.

Scoping activities identified sustainable diets as a high priority to consider in the revised guidelines. NHMRC is seeking experts to form the Australian Dietary Guidelines Sustainability Working Group to advise on the strength and quality of evidence about sustainability and diet. Expressions of interest are open from 5 February 2024 to 5 March 2024 (3 pm AEDT). For more information and to submit your application, please visit the Sustainability Working Group expression of interest webform.

Read more about the approach to consider the evidence on diet and sustainability in NHMRC’s Update on the Australian Dietary Guidelines

How to get involved

NHMRC recognises the importance of stakeholder input into the revision of the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines.

A public call for systematic reviews was open from 1 August to 11 September 2023. To learn how any submitted systematic reviews will be considered, visit Priority research questions.

Other opportunities for stakeholders to get involved are outlined on Communication.

Committees

Two Committees have been established under section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, to provide advice on the revision to the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines.

  • Dietary Guidelines Expert Committee (the Expert Committee)
    • Appointed to advise NHMRC on the evidence to be considered and the final recommendations in the revised dietary guidelines.
    • The Expert Committee represents a wide range of expertise to ensure the evidence and the final recommendations are accurate and appropriate for Australians.
  • Dietary Guidelines Governance Committee (the Governance Committee).
    • As part of NHMRC's commitment to best practice and transparency, this committee has been appointed to consider possible conflicts of interest and potential bias across the revision process.
    • The Governance Committee provides a clear and consistent approach to managing potential bias and actual or perceived conflicts of interest.

Dietary Guidelines contact list

NHMRC has created an Australian Dietary Guidelines contact list to provide stakeholders with updates on the revision process. All interested stakeholders are invited to subscribe to the Australian Dietary Guidelines contact list via the form below. NHMRC will use this contact list during the review to communicate opportunities for stakeholder involvement.

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