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Further, faster when we work together

Sector Action Plans

Food waste occurs at every stage along the journey from paddock to plate. Australians waste 7.6 million tonnes of food every year, making it is a challenge too big to tackle alone. Industry-wide and systemic change is needed for Australia to reach the goal of halving food waste by 2030, and for all Australians to experience the resulting environmental, economic, and social benefits.

How will a Sector Action Plan help?

Momentum is growing, with many governments, businesses and people taking action on food waste. However, we know we can get further, faster when we work together.

Stop Food Waste Australia is uniquely positioned to lead industry-wide change by leveraging our extensive relationships with food businesses, industry bodies and government to take a whole-of-sector view on food waste solutions.

Together with industry, we are:

  • Identifying food waste “hotspots” – areas of food waste where we can target highest impact change.
  • Developing unique, workable priority areas that are specific to the sector
  • Sharing food waste solutions to maximise food recovery, reduce food waste and share the multitude of benefits.

Some sectors will focus on a specific commodity such as dairy or meat. Others will examine a supply chain stage, such as Hospitality or Institutions. Cutting across these are the two initial Sector Action Plans for Food Rescue and Food Cold Chain.

What's next:

Work is underway on a range of sectors, including:

Key stakeholders include Meat and Livestock Australia, supported by the Queensland Government.

Key stakeholders include Australian Foodservice Advocacy Body.

Key stakeholders include the Institute of Hospitality in Healthcare.

Supported by the Queensland Government, Stop Food Waste Australia is leading a whole-of-sector approach to find and deliver food waste solutions within horticulture.

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Bread & Bakery

More than 319,400 tonnes per year of food is wasted across the Australian bread and bakery value chain.
This food waste is equivalent to the weight of 456 million loaves of bread, creating costs for businesses, households, and the environment.

Food Rescue

“This work will have a positive impact on the lives of millions of Australians who are currently food insecure, while at the same time helping to reduce food waste.”
– Foodbank Australia GM Sarah Pennell.


Food waste from the dairy supply chain has previously been identified as one of the six highest Australian food waste sources.

This Sector Action Plan is the Australian dairy industry’s response to the Australian Federal Government’s goal of halving food waste by 2030.

Food Cold Chain

“The Food Cold Chain Sector Action Plan points the way to how our industry will respond to reducing food waste,”
– AFCCC Chair Mark Mitchell


Fresh produce currently comprises 50% of all food waste in Australia. 

Stop Food Waste Australia is leading a whole-of-sector approach to find and deliver food waste solutions within horticulture.

How do you get involved?

As we continue work on Sector Action Plans, we invite government and industry collaboration. If you are a part of the above sectors and would like to get involved, please register your interest with our team.