Smart Choices Resources
Healthy food and drink guidelines for Queensland school tuckshops
The Queensland Government’s Smart Choices- Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools is mandatory for all state schools and strongly encouraged for 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 Guidelines and the Australian Dietary Guidelines. These changes are reflected in the Smart Choices Ready Reckoner.
Smart Choices classifies food and drinks using a spectrum of GREEN, AMBER or RED. Items identified as RED are not suitable for tuckshop menus and their supply is limited to no more than two occasions per term. This applies to all situations where food and drink is supplied in the school environment including vending machines, school excursions, school camps, fundraising, classroom rewards, school events such as celebrations and sports days, and food used in curriculum activities.
For more information on Smart Choices, visit the Department of Education website.
QAST welcomes the opportunity to work with members of the food industry. We provide a Smart Choices Nutrition Advisory Service, which advises suppliers how their products are categorised within the Smart Choices strategy. We also provide opportunities for suppliers to advertise products to members – visit our supplier page to find out more.