Due to recent changes in the Department of Education and Training’s position on the updated 2016 Smart Choices Ready Reckoner, please find below confirmation of the current status of the Smart Choices Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy as communicated to the Association.

  • The Smart Choices Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools released in 2005 remains mandatory for state schools and encouraged in non-state schools.
  • In 2016, changes were made to the way some food and drinks are classified under Smart Choices to align more closely with the National Healthy School Canteens Guidelinesand the Australian Dietary Guidelines. These changes are reflected in the Updated 2016 Smart Choices Ready Reckoner. State schools are encouraged to implement these changes. There is no mandatory timeline for the implementation of these changes.

Our team at QAST understands there may have been some confusion at your school and shares our members’ frustration with the way the changes have been released and communicated. On behalf of our members, we have passed your concerns onwards and if there is any further clarification requiredschools can contact the Department of Education and Training State Schools Division on 07 3513 5957 or email Louise.Pellow@det.qld.gov.au

Please don’t hesitate in contacting us by emailing enquiry@qast.org.au or calling us on 07 3324 1511 if we can be of assistance with Smart Choices at your school.

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Publish date: 06 October 2016