Applying the Healthy Options WA Policy – food and drink outlets


Which food and drink outlets does the Healthy Options WA Policy apply to?

The Healthy Options WA Policy applies to all food and drink outlets under the control or management of WA Health. This includes:

  • cafes and coffee shops
  • staff cafeterias and canteens
  • other outlets and kiosks
  • ward trolleys
  • food and drink vending machines.

The following infographic (PDF 1MB) summaries how the Policy applies to food and drink outlets.

What items can be supplied and displayed?

All outlets must ensure that the supply of food and drinks complies with the following:

  • At least 50 per cent of items offered are green.
  • No more than 20 per cent of items offered are red.
  • The remainder are to be amber items.

Also, the display of food and drinks must comply with the following:

  • At least 50 per cent of the display are must be occupied by green items.
  • No more than 20 per cent of the display area must be occupied by red items.
  • The remainder are to be amber items.

What items can be promoted?

Only green food and drinks can be actively promoted. Amber and red items should not be promoted or advertised. This includes any point of sale signage or promotional material. Read the Tips to promote and sell green items document (PDF 3374KB) for ideas for your outlet.

What items are green, amber and red?

The Commonly supplied food and drink guide (PDF 1526KB)  provides a list of food and drinks classified as green, amber and red.

Are you compliant?

This Self-assessment tool (PDF 234KB) will help you determine if your outlet is compliant.

Is your outlet a paediatric setting?

If yes, read the Additional considerations (79KB) document for further tips.

Healthy tips and resources

Small changes to the ingredients (external site) and cooking methods (external site) you use can go a long way to improving how healthy an item is. It may also improve the traffic light categorisation.

For healthy recipe ideas and inspiration, visit Healthy WA (external site) or Live Lighter (external site)

Case studies

Interested in knowing about changes outlets have made to offer healthier choices? Check out these case studies (PDF 150KB)

Promoting healthy eating

A range of promotional items are available to help you encourage your customers to make a healthy choice.

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