Canteens

National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines

The National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines (NHSCG) were launched in March 2011 and updated in 2014 following the release of the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines. The NHSCG use a traffic light system to categorise foods sold at school canteens into GREEN, AMBER or RED foods according to their nutritional value. 

In the ACT, the Education Directorate has developed the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy 2015 to align with the guidelines. In accordance with the policy, the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines apply to food and drinks sold in the canteen as well as any food and drinks sold or provided through other school activities, such as school events, catering, fundraising and more.

Menu assessments

All ACT public school canteens receive a free government approved menu assessment in line with the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy 2015.  

Schools will receive a menu assessment report with:
  • feedback on areas that meet the requirements of the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy 2015
  • recommendations to improve the menu in line with the policy
  • advice on how to modify specific products to meet the policy
  • a list of the foods and drinks available for sale at the canteen categorised into GREEN, AMBER or RED categories

Free advice and support hotline

We can help you:
  • interpret the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines (NHSCG)
  • understand how the canteen is affected by the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy
  • understand your food safety requirements
  • analyse recipes
  • identify suitable products which meet the NHSCG.

Training for canteens

Nationally-Recognised-Training

All ACT registered food businesses are required to have a food safety supervisor. NAQ Nutrition Training's Food Safety Supervisor course meets the requirements of Nationally Recognised Training and has been especially developed to meet the needs of staff working in school canteens.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will achieve a Statement of Attainment for the following  units of competency.

  • SITXFSA001       Use hygeinc practices for food safety   

  • SITXFSA002       Participate in safe food handling practices 

 

For further information regarding the services offered by NA ACT visit www.actnss.org or contact us

Phone: 02 6162 2583

email: info@act.nutritionaustralia.org