Health Star Ratings: system reviews

The Health Star Rating system began in 2014 and has regular monitoring and reviews of progress. Find out about the 2-year and 5-year reviews.

Monitoring implementation of Health Star Ratings

The Health Star Rating (HSR) system has had reviews at 2 and 5 years since the system was introduced.

The trans-Tasman Health Star Rating Advisory Committee oversees monitoring of the system.

Governance for Health Star Ratings

Collection and analysis of data were coordinated by:

  • MPI in New Zealand
  • the National Heart Foundation in Australia.

2-year review completed in 2016

This review looked at:

  • label use and consistency with the HSR system style guide
  • consumer awareness and ability to use the HSR system correctly
  • nutrient status of products carrying a HSR system label.

The 2-year review report – Australian HSR website [PDF, 1.7 MB]

HSR monitoring implementation at year 2 [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Report on the monitoring of the implementation of the HSR system in NZ 2014–2016 [PDF, 682 KB]

5-year review completed in 2019

This independent review considered if, and how well, the goals of the HSR system had been met. It identified several options for improvements, including:

  • communication
  • monitoring
  • governance
  • system/calculator enhancements.

The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation considered this review and agreed to a number of improvements. The enhanced system will be implemented from 15 November 2020.

Formal review of the system after five years of implementation (June 2014 to June 2019) – Australian HSR website

Research reports

Health Star Rating Monitoring Implementation for the Five Year Review [PDF, 1.8 MB]

The HSR system in New Zealand 2014–2018 [PDF, 2.3 MB]

The ability of New Zealand consumers to use the HSR system [PDF, 3 MB]

HSR monitoring and evaluation - Health Promotion Agency

2016 HSR monitoring and evaluation year 1 follow-up research report

Industry uptake of the HSR system [PDF, 682 KB]

Who to contact

If you have questions about Health Star Ratings, email

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