Healthy canteens

​​​​​​​​The National Healthy School Canteens Guidelines (NHSCG) developed by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing are available online.

The NHSCG are not mandatory for Victorian government schools and agencies working with school food service providers. Schools should continue to provide healthy food choices and promote key health food messages to students to align with the Department’s Healthy Canteen policy.

Please note:

  • The NHSCG are based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia.
  • Canteen managers may wish to add NHSCG complementary resources (e.g. recipes) to their current toolkit of resources to provide and promote healthier food choices.
  • Schools will be advised if there are amendments or updates to the current Victorian Healthy Canteen policy.

For more information about the NHSCG, see: National Healthy School Canteens Project

The Healthy Canteen Kit has been developed to support students making healthy food choices at school and in life.

Foods eaten at school contribute significantly to students' daily nutrient intake and also have a considerable influence on the development of their eating habits, growth patterns and energy levels.

It is important that parents, teachers and students work together to support a whole-school approach to building a school culture in which students actively choose nutritious foods and a healthy lifestyle.​

Schools can download the complete kit in PDF format - see: Healthy Canteen Kit (pdf - 578.58kb)

More information

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