Portion Size Working Group

Page last updated: 22 August 2019

This working group has now ceased. Please see the link below to the group's report and recommendations.

The Portion Size Working Group was established to set in motion activities that would contribute to increasing intake of core foods and decreasing intake of discretionary foods, in line with the Healthy Food Partnership objective to rebalance dietary patterns in Australia to more closely align with the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

At the outset the Healthy Food Partnership Executive Committee asked the Portion Size Working Group to consider how to:
    1. Define and promote appropriate portion sizes
    2. Work with industry and food service to optimise portion size
    3. Undertake educative programs on portion size and portion guidance with consumers
    The terms used to describe the amount of food and beverages that Australians consume have been reviewed by the Portion Size Working Group, and a factsheet has been developed.

    In order to develop an effective and feasible suite of voluntary activities, the Portion Size Working Group first commissioned a rapid review of the evidence surrounding portion size strategies. The report A rapid review of evidence - Effective portion size strategies, prepared by The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, provides a snapshot of recently published evidence and, more importantly, a signal for where research-based interventions and policy evaluations have been effective in changing portion sizes.

    Following the review of evidence, the Portion Size Working Group developed recommendations for a suite of activities for businesses, governments and non-government organisations to implement, as they are able. The recommendations reflect national and international portion size initiatives that are underpinned by evidence of success.

    The final report of the Portion Size Working Group - Healthy Food Partnership Portion Size Working Group - Recommendations and summary of work - was presented to the Healthy Food Partnership Executive Committee in December 2018. Upon delivery of their final recommendations (in August 2018), it was determined that the work of the Portion Size Working Group was complete and the working group was dissolved.

    Healthy Food Partnership Portion Size Working Group - Recommendations and summary of work (PDF 341 KB)
    Healthy Food Partnership Portion Size Working Group - Recommendations and summary of work (Word 134 KB)

    Portion Size Terminology Fact Sheet (PDF 479 KB)
    Portion Size Terminology Fact Sheet (Word 150 KB)

    Membership

    Geoffrey Annison (Co-chair)
    Beth Meertens (Co-chair)
    Janine Waller
    Heather Yeatman
    Melissa Cameron
    Anna Rangan
    Kirsten Grinter
    Megan Cobcroft
    Clare Bleys

    Work Plan

    Work Plan for Portion Size Working Group (PDF 118 KB)
    Work Plan for Portion Size Working Group (Word 34 KB)