This page has information about the Australian Dietary Guidelines review.

Review of the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines

The Australian Government has announced that it will provide $2.5 million to the National Health and Medical Research Council to review the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines.

The review will ensure the Guidelines remain a trusted resource by considering the best and most recent scientific evidence.

NHMRC will soon begin the task of reviewing the Guidelines, with the first step being a scan of the latest nutrition science research and evidence from Australia and overseas.

How can people get involved in the Australian Dietary Guidelines review process? 

NHMRC recognises the importance of stakeholder input into the review of the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines. NHMRC will give all interested parties the opportunity to contribute to the review so their needs and perspectives can be considered. The consultation opportunities include:

  • contributing through the stakeholder survey to determine the priorities of the review
  • submitting supporting scientific evidence 
  • participating in targeted and public consultation.

The full stakeholder consultation plan is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Scoping activities 

What will be considered in the scoping activities?

NHMRC will carry out a range of activities to make sure all relevant information is considered and prioritised for inclusion in the review. These activities are:

  • a stakeholder survey to understand how the Guidelines are used and identify possible topics for review
  • a literature scoping review which will determine if new evidence is available to add further support or question the recommendations of the current Guidelines, and 
  • a review of food-based dietary guidelines from other countries.

2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines review stakeholder scoping survey

NHMRC is seeking comments on: 

a) how the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines are used, and 

b) relevant topics to be considered and possibly included in the review of the Guidelines.

Why is NHMRC seeking comments?

NHMRC will assess evidence on priority topics related to food and nutrition. An important step in the review is identifying relevant topics in food and nutrition that may be considered for inclusion in the review. This could include new topics not included in the current Guidelines or updating existing topics from the current Guidelines.

As part of the review process, NHMRC will consider how the current Guidelines are used and who is using them. This includes the Eat for Health resources such as the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.

Who is NHMRC seeking comments from?

We are seeking comments from people who use the Guidelines as part of their work, as well as individuals who use the Guidelines in their personal lives such as to plan meals for themselves or others.

How do I participate?

If you choose to take part, you will be asked to complete questions on how you use the Guidelines and which topics should be considered in the review. The questions are a combination of multiple choice and open-ended questions. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. 

The survey closed 3pm (AEDT) on 15 March 2021.

Out of scope

The following types of responses will not be considered:

  • detailed personal history/narratives 
  • personal medical information/records
  • opinion pieces/blogs/newspaper articles   
  • personal opinions regarding committee membership 
  • proposals or requests for funding of specific projects
  • recommendations or comments relating to any other Australian Government food and nutrition policy.

All responses will be collected anonymously. 

Survey responses will be combined and the results published on the NHMRC website. 

NHMRC has adopted increased transparency measures to support the review of the Guidelines, as outlined below.

NHMRC values your privacy and handles your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

What are the next steps in this work?

NHMRC will establish and appoint members to the Expert Committee to provide advice on the review. The Expert Committee will be provided with the survey findings which will assist members to determine the priority topics for review. The Expert Committee will also prepare the research questions, support the review of the evidence and draft the updated Guidelines. 

Where can I find more information?

If you need further information on this survey, please contact the NHMRC Dietary Guidelines team: dietaryguidelines@nhmrc.gov.au  

Transparency and the Australian Dietary Guidelines review

To enhance transparency in the review of the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines, NHMRC has incorporated additional steps to share information with stakeholders. 

Stakeholder consultation

All stakeholders will be invited to participate in the formal consultation processes outlined above. All submissions received during public and targeted consultation will be published in full on NHMRC’s consultation portal unless NHMRC determines otherwise, for example where a submission is out of scope. As part of the invitation to participate, all stakeholders will receive a notification advising that any submission will be published in full.

Stakeholder communications

NHMRC will publish a communication log which summarises all meetings, correspondence and phone calls relating to the review of the Guidelines. The communication log will record the contact person/organisation, topic and the outcomes on the NHMRC website.

Exceptions to this process are routine requests from foreign governments and routine administrative meeting requests from other areas of government. Communication for the purpose of making a simple enquiry or request, unrelated to the development of the Guidelines, will not be published. 

All supporting evidence provided to NHMRC throughout the Guideline review process will be collated and made available to members of the public upon request. In-confidence material should not be submitted.

Expected timeline for the review process

Review activity Anticipated timeframe

Establishment of contact list

Final quarter 2020

Horizon scan for new evidence 

First quarter 2021

Expert Committee appointed

First quarter 2021

Online scoping survey

First quarter 2021

Review scope finalised

Second quarter 2021

Procurement of evidence reviewers

Third quarter 2021

Call for supporting evidence on finalised review topics 

Final quarter 2021

Evidence review

Second quarter 2022

Guidelines drafted 

Final quarter 2022

Targeted and public consultation

Second quarter 2023

Independent expert review  

Third quarter 2023

Final revision of Guidelines

Final quarter 2023

Development of implementation plan  

Final quarter 2023

Guidelines released 

First quarter 2024

Dietary Guidelines contact list

NHMRC has received many questions about how people can get involved in the review of the Australian Dietary Guidelines. To ensure that all interested parties have the opportunity to contribute to the review, NHMRC is creating an Australian Dietary Guidelines contact list. All interested stakeholders are invited to submit their contact details to NHMRC at any time throughout the review process. NHMRC will use this contact list during the review to communicate opportunities for involvement and to provide updates on the work.

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