ACT Government's consultation ‘Have your say on food and drink marketing in Canberra, particularly those aimed at children' (2015)
The OPC's submission highlighted the importance of a comprehensive approach, led by government, capable of ensuring that children's exposure to unhealthy food marketing is reduced in a meaningful way. Further information about the ACT's consultation is available here
Free TV Australia's review of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice (2015)
The OPC's submission focuses upon the role that the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice (CTICP) should play in restricting unhealthy food advertising to children and it expresses concern about the proposal to remove the only clauses that relate to unhealthy food advertising to children. Free TV Australia released its new CTICP on 10 November 2015, which removed the clauses relating to unhealthy food advertising to children. The new code is available here.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand Consultation on Proposal P1030 (2014)
In 2014, Food Standards Australia New Zealand consulted publicly on a proposal to change the way formulated supplementary sports foods and electrolyte drinks (including popular sports drinks) were regulated. Public health and consumer groups opposed the proposal in written submissions, arguing the proposed changes would be misleading and would undermine initiatives aimed at empowering healthy dietary choices.
Enhancing Children's Online Safety Commonwealth Government (2014)
The OPC's submission emphasised that issues around children's online safety are not limited to this type of overtly sinister behaviour, and other harmful impacts on health should also be considered.
Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) Contemporary Community Safeguards Inquiry (2013)
This submission provided comment on principles underpinning broadcasting industry codes under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth), in response to the Australian Communications and Media Authority Contemporary Community Safeguards Inquiry. The OPC commented on issues of children's protection and ethical standards, emphasising the ongoing need for improved protections for children against harmful advertising.