Our Nutrient Criteria

The Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria was developed to encourage the food industry to develop healthier products to be sold in school canteens around Australia. It is a traffic light system that classifies foods and drinks as GREENAMBER or RED based on their nutritional value, and are based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the various state/territory school canteen guidelines and policies in place across Australia.

Products that meet the Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria can be registered in the Healthy Kids Product Registration Scheme. Products that meet the various state/territory criteria but not the Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria can still be sold in school canteens in those states/territories, but cannot be a Healthy Kids Registered Product or listed in the School Canteen Buyers’ Guides.

To be registered with Healthy Kids in ACT, NT, Qld, SA, Tas and Vic, products must be GREEN or AMBER against the Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria. Products are then assessed against the guidelines and policies for each state/territory.

To be registered with Healthy Kids in NSW, products must meet the criteria of the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy. Healthy Kids requires ALL products registered in NSW to have a HSR of 3.5 stars or more, or be GREEN or AMBER against the Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria.

To read more about what Nutrient Criteria are, and why they exist, click here.

If you have any questions, or are interested in registering your products in the Healthy Kids Product Registration Scheme and would like access to the Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria, please contact us.