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The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has called on food manufacturers and the government to ban the use of animations and cartoon characters to promote unhealthy food products to children as new research revealed that such practices are being used to &...

A new study by the Cancer Council NSW found that the rate of unhealthy food and beverage advertising on TV has not dropped since 2011, suggesting minimal impact of the self-regulatory industry initiatives. The authors urge the government “to ta...

New research published in the Journal Academic Pediatrics found a link between playing videogames and TV use and mental health disorders among boys in late childhood (8-9 years). The researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbo...

On 21 August 2016, the Victorian Government announced a series of policy proposals to ban sports betting ads near schools and on public transport. The proposals are intended to address community concerns about the impact of betting ads on vulnerable ...

Research published in independent media outlet Conversation claims that voluntary advertising codes regulating the marketing of fast food to children fail to protect them from “being manipulated by innovative online marketing, especially in soc...

A study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health revealed that 90% of the food companies involved in sponsorship of children's sports programs sold unhealthy food or drink. According to the research, sports progr...

A recent study by Deakin’s Centre for Population Health Research (CPHR) examined the frequency and nature of gambling adverts and their impact on children. According to the findings, three quarters of children can recall at least one sports bet...

Almost 80% of parents in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) believe that companies should stop advertising unhealthy food to children, according to findings of the Heart Foundation ACT’s LiveLighter campaign reported by the Canberra Ti...

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has released the 8th annual compliance report of the Responsible Children’s Marketing Initiative (RCMI) and of the Quick Service Restaurant Initiative for Responsible Advertising and Marketing to C...

In an academic study to be published in the next issue of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, researchers from the University of Wollongong (New South Wales) claim that television advertising, not viewing, is associated with negative diet...

On 1 July, newly appointed  e-Safety Commissioner Alastair MacGibbon  launched a cyberbullying complaints scheme. Australian children that experience cyberbullying on a social media sites can seek the support of the Commissioner, who will o...

53% of teenagers admitted trying a new product after seeing an advert in the last month, according to new research released by the Cancer Council and the National Heart Foundation of Australia. The survey also reveals that teenage boys (54%...

According to a poll carried out by market research agency Newspoll for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government, over 80% of people living in Canberra are in favour of statutory restrictions on the marketing of “unhealthy” food p...

According to news reports, Senator Richard Di Natale, on behalf of the Greens, will table an amendment to the Broadcast Services Act, aimed at banning advertising of “unhealthy” food, alcohol and gambling during children's viewing time an...

Food and beverage companies continue promoting “unhealthy” food and beverage products to children and adolescents on digital media, effectively circumventing industry self-regulatory standards, a new academic paper published in the Health...

On 11 March, the Hearth Foundation released a report which reveals that almost 80% of food and beverage commercial communications targeted at children under the age of 14 in Canberra feature unhealthy products. For this report, entitled &ldquo...

On 4 March, the Australian Senate passed the government's Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014, which establishes a children’s e-Safety Commissioner if it passes both houses of parliament. The Commissioner is designed to be a on...

On 19 February, Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia published an update of their National Secondary Students’ Diet and Activity Survey, which found that increasing screen use among teenagers is a new threat t...

On 22 January, the BioMed Central released a study entitled “Virtually Impossible: limiting Australian children and adolescents daily screen-based media use”.  The research conducted by scholars from the University of Western Austral...

On 20 January, four health groups in Australia called on Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley to develop a comprehensive national obesity prevention strategy, including the following elements: Opposing the marketing of HFSS products to children on s...

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, has lent her support to “No Gender December”, a recent campaign which aims at raising awareness against the gendered marketing of toys. The initiative, launched by Play Un...

In an academic study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, Australian researchers found that the Facebook brand pages of popular food brands magnify the reach and personal relevance of the marketing messages, especially among a...

On 5 September, the Green party of the State of Victoria announced its state election commitment to protect children from harmful advertising by phasing out gambling, alcohol and “junk food” ads in outdoor spaces, including public transpo...

A NSW Cancer Council study published in the Journal “Nutrition and Dietetics” found that over 60% of food adverts targeted to children broadcast on Australian television were considered "unhealthy" according to government-endors...

In a new report, Cancer Council New South Wales (NSW) urges the Government to introduce tougher regulations on food marketing to children, following the results of a survey which found that almost three quarters of parents support a ban on “jun...

In an academic article published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, lead author Bridget Kelly found that children aged five to 14 are being exposed to “unhealthy” messages up to four hours a week through food and drink compa...

The Obesity Policy Coalition called the Australian Food and Grocery Council Code a "sham" after nine out of 10 complaints they had lodged were dismissed. The group criticizes the Code for being too lenient in terms of the nutrition criteria used to d...

In a study presented on 17 October at the Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society, the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute found that food companies use websites, apps and social media to target children, effectively circu...

A national survey of 1000 parents about online privacy in schools found that four in five Australian parents want a ban on data mining of student’s online activity to protect their children from online advertising. More than 90% of respondents ...

An academic study published on 1 May in the Public Health Nutrition journal on the impact of TV and internet food advertising found similar trends among adults and children when it comes to evaluating food after being exposed to food advertising onli...

On 11 April, health promotion organisation Obesity Australia launched a five-point Action Agenda for the Federal Government to immediately address the country's obesity epidemic. The Plan includes a proposal to ban television advertising of ‘fa...

The Cancer Council NSW is calling for stronger regulation in fast food marketing and menu labelling following the publication of its new report “Fast Food: Exposing the Truth”. The report reveals that in recent years, the fast food indus...

In a study published in the journal of Public Health Nutrition, researchers from the University of West Australia analysed the influence of sports sponsorship on children and claim that children are “brainwashed” by fast-food companies&rs...

On 17 January 2013, Australia’s Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and the National Heart Foundation launched a campaign entitled “Rethink Sugary Drink”, which urges the government to limit soft drink advertising targeting children....

In a book released on 31 December entitled “Advances in Communication Research to Reduce Childhood Obesity”, the authors criticize advertising and industry codes for failing to keep up with technology and marketing changes, suggesting to ...

On 22 November, the Parents’ Jury, an online advocacy group, released the results of the Parents’ Jury 2012 Fame and Shame Awards for which parents nominated the best and worst examples of food advertising to children.  These awards ...

On 15 November, Health Promotion International released an academic study entitled “A mixed-method examination of food marketing directed towards children in Australian supermarkets”, funded by the University of Newcastle. It revealed tha...

The Australian Christian Lobby has launched a renewed national campaign to make outdoor advertising G rated. Sexually explicit material displayed in public areas continues to impact and contribute to the sexualisation of children. ACL spokeswoman W...

On 12 November, public health agency the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) released ‘Exposing the Charade', a “detailed investigation into the failure of junk food marketing codes” calling for a fundamental shift in the way “unhe...

An academic study published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia found strong support among Australian adults for a food advertising ban of “unhealthy food” to children and for restricting the use of toy giveaways with such p...

An independent review released on 2 November found that 74% of signatory companies participating in the two Australian self-regulatory programmes to moderate children’s exposure to advertisements for non-core food (the Responsible Children&rsqu...

A study published in the Journal MBC Public Health by Australian academics found that the current co-regulatory system of food advertising targeting children in Australia is inadequate. In Australia, mandatory regulation called “Chil...

The ACT Greens have announced a $5 million plan to tackle childhood obesity ahead of next month's election for the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly (ACT). If successful in next month’s elections for the country’s smallest...

Parents think they are well informed to make sensible decisions about their children’s diet and do not view advertising as influential or as a significant contributor to obesity levels, highlights a study released by the Australian Association ...

A study published online by the Public Health Nutrition Journal entitled “Views of children and parents on limiting unhealthy food, drink and alcohol sponsorship of elite and children’s sports” found that 75% of parents were in favo...

According to a poll released in June 2012 by the Australian National University on attitudes to food security, 77% of Australians support a ban on “junk” food advertising in children’s television and 18% are in favour of a total ban...

On 7 June, Green Senator for Victoria Richard Di Natale applauded Disney’s move to ban “junk food” advertising on its TV network and urged the Australian government to follow the same path: “If Mickey can do it, the Australian...

An article published in the May edition of the Public Health and Nutrition Journal entitled “Marketing foods to children through product packaging: prolific, unhealthy and misleading” recommends policy-makers to investigate the power of n...

On 3 April, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) called for an inquiry into the sexualisation of children in marketing and advertising since, they claim, self-regulation as promoted by the Advertising Standards Bureau fails to protect children. T...

On 8 March, Nick Goiran, member of the Western Australian Upper House (the Legislative Council), called on the Parliament to launch and inquiry into the premature sexualisation of children and called for a ban of child-inappropriate outdoor advertisi...

On 16 February, a group of family associations and charities* in Australia published an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald denouncing the rising trend of “corporate paedophilia” The article was written in response to the launch o...

On 1 February 2012, Cancer Council of New South Wales (NSW) launched a new website called “The Fat Free TV Guide”. The website features a “Junk-o-meter” which ranks 104 popular children’ shows on Australian television ba...

A study to be published in April in the journal Appetite on “The use of negative themes in television food advertising” found that food advertisers use negative themes such as mood enhancement and food craving to capture attention and pro...

“Unhealthy” food and beverage marketing aimed at children would be banned from the internet, email and SMS, under a proposal tabled by the Australia’s Green party. It would also be illegal to show junk food advertisements on commerc...

On 14 November, the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) released an updated Code of Ethics to apply to to all advertising and marketing communications from 1 January 2012. Amendments include a clarification of the meaning of “...

On 16 November, John Hill, Health Minister of the Province of South Australia (SA) held a conference during which he called the industry to take three actions to limit unhealthy food advertising if it wants to avoid regulatory measures: Extend the...

A study entitled: “Association between food marketing exposure and adolescents’ food choices and eating behaviors” to be published in the February 2012 edition of the Journal Appetite found that adolescents watching commercial TV ov...

The Cancer Council of Australia recalls its support for a ban of promotional brand characters following research published in the September issue of the Journal of Nutrition, Education and Behavior. Researchers from the Cancer Council NSW and the Un...

Children have a high recall of food and beverage company sport sponsors, according to research published recently in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The study aims to assess children's awareness of sport spon...

Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced on 28 August having asked Australia’s new preventative health agency to "review recent monitoring of food advertising-related evidence and reports". "The (agency) will engage with industry and other partne...

On 25 August, KFC Australia announced in a press release that it will no longer offer toys in its children’s meals in all 600 stores across the country. Zac Rich, KFC Corporate Affairs Manager, said the initiative was in continuity with the co...

On 27 June, a study entitled: “Art of persuasion: An analysis of techniques used to market foods to children” was published online in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child health. Researchers at the Sydney University reviewed the range of...

A review of the Australian National Classification Scheme (“Scheme”) undertaken by the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs recommends major reforms to the Australian censorship system in order to extend it to advertising ...

A study published online in the Medical Journal of Australia on 27 June found that children are still exposed to the same amount of unhealthy fast-food ads despite the introduction of the “Initiative for Responsible Advertising and Marketing to...

On 10 May, Nick McKim, the Consumer Protection Minister of the Australian State of Tasmania, commissioned the State’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading to investigate options for the regulation of food advertising in Tasmania. The pl...

On 9 May, the Australian Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC), along with other NGOs* called on Australian State and territory governments to adopt legislation restricting all forms of advertising and promotion of unhealthy food and beverages to children. ...

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity on 23 March 2011 finds that the prevalence of overweight and obesity in preschool children in Victoria, the second biggest Australian State, has decreased significantly between 1999 and 2007. ...

On 3 March, the Australian Senate defeated at second reading Bill n° 2010 introduced by Greens Leader Bob Brown aiming to restrict the advertising of “unhealthy food and beverages” on TV between 6.30 am and 9.30 pm. The draft bill en...

New research by Roy Morgan, the largest independent Australian research company, reveals the important role played by children aged 6 to 13 in the decision-making process of purchases. The Young Australians Survey, which polled 2983 Australian child...

In February 2011, the International Public Health Nutrition Journal published the results of a study looking at the impact of marketing techniques for energy-dense and nutrient-poor (EDNP) child-oriented foods. The study, carried out by researchers ...