Protecting children from unhealthy food marketing: Learning from the past, ideas for the future

7 November 2018



Protecting children from unhealthy food marketing: Learning from the past, ideas for the future

In light of rising rates of childhood obesity, regulation of unhealthy food marketing to children remains a hot topic, with the UK Government being the latest to consider stricter advertising controls.

In contrast to the UK, Australia relies on two food industry initiatives to regulate unhealthy food marketing to children, which were introduced in 2009. Approaching the ten year anniversary of these initiatives, this event reflects on the state of play on food advertising regulation in Australia: what's the evidence linking unhealthy food marketing to children's diet-related health, what are the key forms of regulation applying to unhealthy food marketing to children, and have they been effective?

Hosted by Cancer Council NSW, the Food Governance Node, and Sydney Health Law, this event will feature expert presentations on:

- The latest research on how unhealthy food is marketed, and the link to children's health;

- The food industry's two voluntary initiatives;

- The Federal Court's decision in ACCC v Heinz and how consumer law interacts with food marketing; and

- How the state government can contribute to reducing children's exposure to unhealthy food advertising.


- Research on food marketing and children's health - the state of play: Associate Professor Bridget Kelly, University of Wollongong

- Consumer law and food marketing in ACC v Heinz: Adrian Coorey, ACCC, and Jane Martin, Obesity Policy Coalition

- The food industry's initiatives on marketing to children: Geoffrey Annison, Australian Food and Grocery Council, and Jane Martin, Obesity Policy Coalition

- State government regulation of food advertising on transport infrastructure: Wendy Watson, Cancer Council NSW, and Emily Harper, ACT Health


Time: 6-8pm (canapes from 5.30pm)

See below for venue and other information.

This event is proudly hosted by Sydney Health Law at The University of Sydney Law School, the Food Governance Node at Charles Perkins Centre, and Cancer Council NSW.


Other events of interest:

Food Governance Conference

3-5 July 2019

Further information and register your interest


Event information:

Time: 6-8pm (canapes from 5.30pm)

Location: Sydney Law School, Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 0200024f5638170b044a113d49022a1f4e49082d1d1a0205