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Healthy Food and Drink in Public Schools Policy


1. Policy statement

Principals are required to adopt a whole school approach to healthy eating within the school community.

2. Policy rules

Food and drinks categorised as ‘red’ will not be provided to students unless essential to the learning program.

Principals will:

  • develop and implement a school-based policy on the provision of healthy food and drinks; and
  • ensure that the canteen/food service menu complies with the requirements detailed in the Healthy Food and Drink in Public Schools Procedures.

3. Responsibility for Implementation and Compliance

Implementation of the policy is the responsibility of the principal.

Compliance monitoring is the responsibility of line managers.

4. Scope

This policy applies to all principals in public schools.

6. Definitions

Are good sources of nutrients, contain less saturated fat and/or sugar and/or salt and help to avoid an intake of excess energy (kJ). 

Have some nutritional value, contain moderate levels of saturated fat and/or added sugar and/or salt and can, in large serves, contribute to excess energy (kJ).

Lack adequate nutritional value, are high in saturated fat and/or added sugar and/or salt and can contribute excess energy (kJ).

7. Related documents

8. Contact information

Policy manager:              

Director, Student Support Services

Policy contact officer:      

Principal Consultant, Student Wellbeing

T: 9402 6448


Western Australian Council of State School Organisations (WACSSO)

T: 9264 4000


Western Australian School Canteen Association (WASCA)

T: 9264 4999



9. History of changes

Effective date Last update date Policy version no.
4 February 2014 2.0
Major review undertaken and split into policy and procedures. Endorsed by Corporate Executive 2 December 2013.
4 February 2014 29 August 2014 2.1
Contact details updated. D14/0417804
4 February 2014 16 February 2015 2.2
Contact details updated. D15/0057184
4 February 2014 19 March 2015 2.3
Contact information updated to reflect change in position from Director, Office of the Director General to Executive Director, Organisational Governance. D15/0085666
4 February 2014 4 August 2015 2.4
Updated contact information D15/0260244
4 February 2014 15 April 2016 2.5
Transfer of policy ownership and update contact information. D16/0209811 and D16/0209818
4 February 2014 3 August 2017 2.6
Update broken links D17/0329199.
4 February 2014 3 October 2018 2.7
Minor changes to update contact information D18/0437694 and reference to Public Schools D18/0151652
4 February 2014 20 March 2023 2.8
Minor change to contact detail D23/0937650

10. More information

Policy review date

4 February 2017

Policy last updated

20 March 2023