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Send a letter to Health Ministers

Send a letter to Health Ministers to amplify the need for improved sugar labels.

To write your own letter, fill in your details and we'll send you some pointers. You can also find all the information you need for your letter on this page.

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Take action on added sugar

Food companies don't have to label the amount of added sugar in their products. This makes it nearly impossible to work out how much added sugar is in everyday food and drinks.

But this could all change. Health Ministers across Australia have agreed that labelling of sugar is an issue. In the new year, they’ll be making a decision on 7 potential options which range from the status quo to sugar warning labels. 

Can you show Ministers that you want improved sugar labelling and write them a letter by hand? A physical letter may seem a bit old-fashioned, but it will amplify your message and put it physically into Ministers’ offices.

All the information you need to write your own letter is on this page.

Need help with your letter?

  1. Begin your letter with ‘Dear Minister’.

  2. Recognise that they will be making a decision on sugar labelling in the new year.

  3. Explain why you think added sugar should be properly labelled on food and drinks.

  4. Ask for your Health Minister to improve sugar labels. The important changes to call for are:
    - Added sugar labelling in the Nutritional Information Panel and
    - Added sugar labelling in the ingredients list.

  5. Thank the Minister for his/her time and add that you are looking forward to hearing the outcome of their decision.

  6. Remember to sign off with your name, state or territory and postcode (this is important so that they know you're their constituent).

Remember to always be polite and courteous as your letter will be more likely to be read and responded to.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at campaigns@choice.com.au.

Australian Capital Territory

Ms Meegan Fitzharris, MLA
Minister for Health and Wellbeing
GPO Box 1020 
Canberra ACT 2601

New South Wales

The Hon Brad Hazzard, MP
Minister for Health
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001

Northern Territory

The Hon Natasha Fyles, MLA
Minister for Health
GPO Box 3146
Darwin, NT 0801

Queensland

The Hon Dr Steven Miles, MP
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
PO Box 48
BRISBANE QLD 4001

South Australia

The Hon Stephen Wade MLC
Minister for Health and Wellbeing
Level 9, 11 Hindmarsh Square, 
Adelaide South Australia

Tasmania

The Hon Michael Ferguson, MP
Minister for Health
Ground Floor, Public Building, 
53 St John Street, Launceston TAS 7250

Victoria

The Hon Jenny Mikakos MLC
Minister for Health
Level 22, 50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne
Victoria, 3000

Western Australia

The Hon Roger Cook, MLA
Minister for Health
13th Floor, Dumas House​
​​​​2 Havelock Street
WEST PERTH WA 6005​​ ​

New Zealand

The Hon Damien O’Connor
Minister for Food Safety
Private Bag 18888
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160

  1. No change to labels – the status quo
  2. No change to labels – education on how to read and interpret labelling information about sugars
  3. Clearer labelling of added sugar in the ingredient list
  4. Including added sugars in the Nutrition Information Panel
  5. Warning labels for foods high in added sugar
  6. A picture on the label that shows the amount of teaspoons in the product
  7. No change to labels – digital options to access information about added sugar content.

We asked supporters to vote on their preferred options and this is what people voted for:

What changes do we want?

We want people to be able to clearly identify the amount of added sugar in their food and drinks. The three main changes we want to see are:

Teaspoons

Show the number of teaspoons of sugar in sugar-sweetened drinks.

Ingredients list

Make it easy to spot added sugar in the ingredients list.

Nutrition panel

Include added sugar in the nutrition information panel.

Download our report

End the sugar-coating: A CHOICE report into added sugar labelling in Australia

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