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Early childhood services

What policy or guidelines will my menu be assessed against?

Long day care menus are assessed against the Healthy Eating Advisory Service’s Menu planning guidelines for long day care. These guidelines outline criteria for main meals, morning tea, afternoon tea and drinks to plan a menu for children aged 1-5 years old. 

Can I assess my menu for outside school hours care (OSHC) service, family day care, pre-school or kindergarten?

Unfortunately not. FoodChecker only assesses menus for long day care centres. For guidelines, advice and support with providing healthy food and drinks in other early childhood services, visit our website.

Can I assess just one recipe on my long day care menu?

No. FoodChecker look at all the foods and drinks supplied on the menu for one day or one week.

For advice and suggestions on making individual meals and snacks healthier, visit our website.


How do I add a second course to my long day care menu?

If your long day care centre provides a second course after lunch, enter this meal in the 'lunch' section. When asked, select 'no' to the vegetarian meal question.


Retail food outlets and catering

What policy or guidelines will my foods and drinks be assessed against?

FoodChecker assesses retail food outlet menus, catering menus and vending machines against the Victorian Government’s Healthy Choices guidelines. These guidelines use a traffic light classification system to categorise foods and drinks as GREEN, AMBER, or RED based on their nutritional content. 

What are the targets that I have to meet?

Under the Healthy Choices guidelines, retail outlet menus, catering menus and vending machines should have at least 50% GREEN food and drinks items, and less than 20% RED.

For workplaces that are ordering catering, only GREEN and AMBER food and drinks should be provided.


Product assessments

What criteria are used to assess products?

For products to be sold in retail food outlets and vending machines, they are assessed against the criteria outlined in the Victorian Government’s Healthy Choices guidelines

I tried searching for a product but it’s not in your database – now what?

You’ll have to enter some information from the product’s nutrition information panel (NIP), or answer some other questions so the product can be given a classification. Simply select the type of product to be assessed and follow the prompts as directed.

Note: classifications of foods and drinks not in the database are based on the information you enter into the assessment tool. The Healthy Eating Advisory Service does not assume responsibility for these products being classified incorrectly.

I’m from a food/beverage company and would like to have my product range included in your database – can you help me?

Certainly! Contact Nutrition Australia Vic Division on 03 8341 5800 or email us to enquire about having your product range assessed so that it can be added to our database.



Can someone from Nutrition Australia complete my assessment for me?

We hope that this tool will be easy and simple enough for you to complete your assessment yourself. However if you’d prefer us to complete the assessment, please contact Nutrition Australia Vic Division on 03 8341 5800 or email us. Please note this service will attract a fee.