Progress update on removing marketing from state property in Australia
Cancer Council NSW is asking the NSW government to take a responsible approach to advertising on state property – such as public transport – by removing advertisements for unhealthy food and drinks. Around Australia, other state Cancer Councils are advocating for their governments to do the same.
Around the country
The ACT government led the way in 2015 but to date, no other state has put guidelines in place. The Queensland government made an announcement in 2019 but no policy has been released. And following their state election, the Western Australian government has said they are working on a policy.
This article outlines in more detail what is happening across Australia.
All in all, Australia is falling behind in protecting children from unhealthy food and drink advertising.
Alignment with best practice
While comprehensive restrictions are needed, this is one way our states can contribute to the issue and is aligned with an action identified in the National Obesity Strategy.
The inclusion in the National Obesity Strategy comes after many years of recommendations based on strong evidence and calls for action from organisations such as the World Health Organization.
What can you do?
You can support our ask to the NSW government here.