Welcome to the Australian Local Food System Policy Database. This is a collection of policies from New South Wales (NSW) and Victorian local governments that relate to healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems.

For further information about using the database and how it was created see How to use the database. You can search the database by using the fields below. Domain refers to eight broad categories under which various topics are situated. The domains and topics are based on a framework of recommendations for local government action on creating a healthy, sustainable, and equitable food system (also located on the ‘How to use the database’ page linked above).

To cite the database: Reeve B, Carrad A, Rose N, Charlton K & Aguirre-Bielschowsky I (2021) Australian Local Food System Policy Database. Available at: https://law-food-systems.sydney.edu.au/policy-database (access date).

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2017-18 Tenders for the Supply and/ or Distribution of Compostable Bags were also advertised, assessed and awarded for the period October 2017 to June 2019 Food Waste Food losses and food waste NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 . Investigate implementing the NSW Food Authority’s Scores on Doors food business rating system Food Quality and Safety Education on/enforce food safety regulations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Council continued to deliver programs to promote safe food handling practices and protect the health of our community. We have a total of 879 registered food businesses and in this period we completed 957 primary inspections and 301 reinspections, as well as investigating 140 complaints from the community. Food Quality and Safety Education on/enforce food safety regulations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Number of food premises with 5 stars in the ‘scores on doors’ program This will provide an indication of the effectiveness of Council’s food safety regime in promoting good practices and protecting public health Food Quality and Safety Education on/enforce food safety regulations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 responsible for food safety and hygiene in local eateries Food Quality and Safety Education on/enforce food safety regulations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 We delivered a food handling newsletter to all registered food businesses and facilitated two free food handler workshops to help them understand and meet their responsibilities. Food Quality and Safety Education on/enforce food safety regulations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 We have incorporated the NSW Food Authority’s Scores on Doors Program into Council’s existing Food Safety Program, so food businesses inspected as part of Council’s Food Safety Program are assigned a rating of 5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars or no stars at each inspection. This year we launched an app to allow the community to easily access the ratings for our local food businesses Food Quality and Safety Education on/enforce food safety regulations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 We issued 448 approvals for temporary events and 23 for mobile food vending vehicles. Food safety inspections were carried out at many community and public events including the Real Festival, the Taste of Christmas and Australia Day. Food Quality and Safety Education on/enforce food safety regulations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Community restaurant Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Community Restaurant Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Food Services Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Meals on wheels Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Meals on Wheels and Community Restaurant, Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Mosman Care Café Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report No. of meals delivered by Meals on Wheels per annum No. of meals served in the Community Restaurant per annum Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report RESPONDING TO WASTE ISSUES- CASE STUDIES LITTER EDUCATION In 2016, Mosman Council became aware through independent litter surveys that sporting ovals were becoming increasingly polluted with items such as discarded plastic tape, packaging from snack foods, single-use water bottles and take away coffee cups. To counter the problem, actors from Eaton Gorge Theatre Company were hired to conduct an engagement and awareness program amongst the sporting community across 6 different ovals between the months of April and May 2017. Their objective was to raise awareness on the litter issue and to encourage anti- litter behaviour. Through the winter actors stepped out amongst the crowd in fluoro jackets and blond wigs. The actors certainly gained attention. Over 540 pledges were signed and 80 shin guard stays were handed out. Shin guard stays being reusable bands to hold socks up and to secure shoe laces without using disposable plastic tape. People tasked with setting up the field were also encouraged to come up with reusable items to secure nets in place of plastic tape. Videos were posted to Facebook and a few articles were published in the Mosman Daily. In 2018, Council rehired the same actors for another anti-litter programme. This time actors came out as Litter Detectives. In full costume and with large magnifying glasses and note books the actors from Eaton Gorge collected over 350 pledges from the sporting community. The detectives highlighted the problem of small litter items such as bottle tops and small pieces of plastic and again encouraged reuse of hot drink cups, water bottles and shin guard stays. Health and Wellbeing Education/events on food system issues NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report WATER REFILL STATIONS Following the success of previous installed water refill stations Council installed another three water stations at Memorial Park, Spit East and Countess Park. The water stations are provided to encourage residents and visitors to refill their own water bottles, rather than purchasing single use plastic bottles of water. Health and Wellbeing Access to safe drinking water NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Community Gardens Sustainability and Environment Food production on LG land NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Council continues to support Community Gardens and assists with materials when required. Sustainability and Environment Food production on LG land NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Community Gardens Sustainability and Environment Home and community gardening NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Compost Revolution Program participation Sustainability and Environment Home and community gardening NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Council continues to participate in the Compost Revolution program Sustainability and Environment Home and community gardening NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Council continues to support Community Gardens and assists with materials when required. Sustainability and Environment Home and community gardening NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report A Terracycle program which involved the recycling of binders, food packaging and gloves was also completed Food Waste Food losses and food waste NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Compost Revolution Program participation Food Waste Food losses and food waste NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Council continues to participate in the Compost Revolution program Food Waste Food losses and food waste NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report RESPONDING TO WASTE ISSUES- CASE STUDIES LITTER EDUCATION In 2016, Mosman Council became aware through independent litter surveys that sporting ovals were becoming increasingly polluted with items such as discarded plastic tape, packaging from snack foods, single-use water bottles and take away coffee cups. To counter the problem, actors from Eaton Gorge Theatre Company were hired to conduct an engagement and awareness program amongst the sporting community across 6 different ovals between the months of April and May 2017. Their objective was to raise awareness on the litter issue and to encourage anti- litter behaviour. Through the winter actors stepped out amongst the crowd in fluoro jackets and blond wigs. The actors certainly gained attention. Over 540 pledges were signed and 80 shin guard stays were handed out. Shin guard stays being reusable bands to hold socks up and to secure shoe laces without using disposable plastic tape. People tasked with setting up the field were also encouraged to come up with reusable items to secure nets in place of plastic tape. Videos were posted to Facebook and a few articles were published in the Mosman Daily. In 2018, Council rehired the same actors for another anti-litter programme. This time actors came out as Litter Detectives. In full costume and with large magnifying glasses and note books the actors from Eaton Gorge collected over 350 pledges from the sporting community. The detectives highlighted the problem of small litter items such as bottle tops and small pieces of plastic and again encouraged reuse of hot drink cups, water bottles and shin guard stays. Food Waste Food losses and food waste NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report WATER REFILL STATIONS Following the success of previous installed water refill stations Council installed another three water stations at Memorial Park, Spit East and Countess Park. The water stations are provided to encourage residents and visitors to refill their own water bottles, rather than purchasing single use plastic bottles of water. Food Waste Food losses and food waste NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report 160 inspections have been undertaken in accordance with the food shop inspection program. Continued reporting of food shop inspections to NSW Food Authority undertaken in accordance with agreement of Council being appointed the Enforcement Agency. Food Quality and Safety Education on/enforce food safety regulations NSW Mosman Metropolitan
2017-2018 Annual Report Enforcement of the Public Health Act, Local Government Act, Protection of the Environment Operations Act, Food Act and associated regulations and policies Food Quality and Safety Education on/enforce food safety regulations NSW Mosman Metropolitan

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