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National Food Waste Strategy

 Following a Summit held in November 17 more details are available on the National Food Waste Strategy which provides a framework towards halving Australia's food waste by 2030.

The Department of Environment and Energy estimates that some $20 billion is lost to Australia’s economy each year through food waste.
- Up to 25% of all vegetable produced doesn’t leave the farm
- Total cost of agricultural food losses to farmers is $2.84 billion
- Households throw away 3.1 million tonnes of edible food
- Commercial and industrial sectors generate 2.2 million tonnes of food waste

The 2017 RaboDirect Financial Health Barometer Survey found that the average household around the country throws away $1,050 worth of food each year.


The strategy calls for collective action and behavioural change in the areas of primary production, processing and manufacturing and distribution and is intended to involve every Australian. An area of focus will be how we can prevent food waste and how wasted food might be used for other purposes.


The strategy document can be downloaded from the Department of Environment and Energy website.

National Food Waste Strategy


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