Comment on National Obesity Strategy

Councils are encouraged to comment by 15 December on the Department of Health’s National Obesity Strategy which its authors say will counter a projected trend of more than 18 million Australians becoming overweight or obese within a decade.

Public responses can include commenting on the consultation paper or completing either of two surveys: a short one (15-20 mins) or longer version (45 minutes).

The department has also organised a series of community forums around the country, and a webinar on 10 December.

The strategy is being developed as part of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council.

Local Government has a strong history of action and advocacy for healthier communities through Commonwealth and State Government initiatives, as well as those organised by entities such as the Heart Foundation.

In 2018 ALGA told a parliamentary inquiry into obesity that it should recognise the important role Local Governments have in addressing the obesity epidemic, especially among children.

ALGA also recommended that the Commonwealth acknowledge this role by investing $100m over four years in a Local Government Place-Based Preventive Health Fund.