A shared planet, a shared vision

Why reduce food waste?

In 2019, the Australian Government reported that our food waste volume came to 7.3 million tonnes per annum, reaffirming the need to achieve the target set in the 2017 National Food Waste Strategy to halve food waste by 2030.

This shocking statistic was announced at a time when more than 1 in 5 Australians (over 5 million people) were food insecure. Since then, food insecurity has become more prevalent, with food charities struggling to meet an average 47% increase in demand for food relief in 2020.

Reducing Australia’s food waste is not just the right thing to do. With all of the challenges facing Australian food businesses, we would not expect them to sign up if it wasn’t a genuine opportunity, and this is. There are business and leadership opportunities involved with reducing food waste such as:

“… you can have it all financial, societal, reputational and environmental benefits.”

The reasons why you should reduce food waste, save money, fight hunger, curb climate change, improve reputation, conserve resources, comply with laws and uphold ethics

Source: Champions 12.3 – The business case for reducing food loss and waste (2017)

Roadmap to reduce Australia’s food waste 

As part of implementing the National Food Waste Strategy, Australia launched its roadmap to reduce food waste in 2020. Food Innovation Australia Ltd developed this roadmap to provide a clear path forward to halve food waste in Australia by 2030. The roadmap documents the main steps and initiatives required and recognises governments and private sectors significant contributions. The establishment of Stop Food Waste Australia is a key step in the delivery of this roadmap.

What we do

We are an independent long-term partnership that reduces food waste and food insecurity, drives innovation, and improves the Australian food system’s productivity and resilience. As a vital part of the National Food Waste Strategy, Stop Food Waste Australia’s establishment brings together the people and programs needed to halve food waste in Australia by 2030. 

We will create real, practical changes like improved packaging and product design and more precise product labelling. We will work to transform surplus food and food processing wastes into new upcycled food products and ingredients, unlocking new value for the industry.

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

Our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan shows how we will partner with governments, peak industry bodies and food rescue organisations to combat Australia’s $36.6 billion annual food waste challenge. It details how we will:


Implement a voluntary agreement


Develop new, and implement existing, sector action plans


Communicate, engage and partner for impact


Evaluate and report our progress

Meet the Team

The Board of Directors from Fight Food Waste Ltd governs Stop Food Waste Australia. Our founding partners make up our partnership committee. These people are already committed to reducing Australia’s food waste.

We are a team of full-time, part-time, Australian, UK and European based people who are both funded, and supported in-kind. We have over 15 years of experience in tackling food waste around the world.

We are working together to achieve an Australia without food waste

Claire Kneller - Head of VCP Stop Food Waste Australia
Head of VCP
Claire Kneller

As Head of Food for WRAP Global, Claire provides input and leadership to Stop Food Waste Australia’s voluntary commitment program.

Mark Barthel- Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Barthel

With financial support from FIAL, Mark is able to take on the role of COO for Stop Food Waste Australia and continue as Special Advisor for the Fight Food Waste CRC

Carolyn Cameron - SAP Program Leader Stop Food Waste Australia
SAP Program Leader
Carolyn Cameron

Continuing FIAL’s work in reducing food waste, Carolyn joined Stop Food Waste Australia to lead the sector action program and get the right people around the table.

Steven Lapidge- Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Dr Steven Lapidge

As the CEO of Fight Food Waste Ltd, Steve leads the Fight Food Waste CRC and the powerful Stop Food Waste Australia partnership towards an Australia without food waste.

Sam Oakden - VC Manager Stop Food Waste Australia
VC Manager
Sam Oakden

Continuing FIAL’s work in reducing food waste, Sam joined Stop Food Waste Australia to initially recruit and then work with signatories to the Australian Food Pact.

Communications manager
Communication Manager
More details coming soon...
Dr Billy Harris - M&E Specialist
M&E Specialist
Dr Billy Harris

As WRAP’s Research Analyst, Billy brings his monitoring and evaluation experience to Stop Food Waste Australia.

Impact & Reporting Manager
Dr Melaine Hand

In addition to monitoring the impact of the Fight Food Waste CRC’s research projects, Melanie manages the impact and reporting framework for Stop Food Waste Australia.

Katherine Church - Project Manager
Project Manager
Katherine Church

Katherine is the key conduit for managing WRAP resources into the Stop Food Waste Australia partnership.

Michael Jones VCP Advisor Stop Food Waste Stop Food Waste Australia
VCP Advisor
Michael Jones

With considerable global experience in voluntary commitment programs, Michael shares his WRAP insights with the Stop Food Waste Australia team.

Carolyn Eggart -Food Rescue SAP Lead
Food Rescue SAP Lead
Carolyn Eggart

Having previously worked at OzHarvest, Carolyn manages the office for the Fight Food Waste CRC and is also the lead for the food rescue sector action plan.

Greg Picker - Food Cold Chain SAP Lead Stop Food Waste Australia
Food Cold Chain SAP Lead
Dr Greg Picker

As part of his role with the Australian Food Cold Chain Council, Greg is leading the development of the sector action plan for the food cold chain industry. 

Research and Resources

In Australia, the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre brings together industry, research and the community to develop solutions to reduce food waste

National Food Waste Baseline project

The National Food Waste Baseline project is the first detailed quantification of food waste in Australia at the country scale and across the full food supply and consumption chain.

National Food Waste Strategy 

The National Food Waste Strategy provides a framework to support collective action towards halving Australia’s food waste by  2030.

A Roadmap for reducing Australia’s food waste by half by 2030

Australia’s roadmap to reducing food waste provides a clear path forward to halve food waste in Australia by 2030.

Courtauld Commitment 2025 Annual Report 2020

Our friends at WRAP have released the Courtauld Commitment 2025 Annual Report 2020 

Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Setting a Global Action Agenda

WRI’s Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Setting a Global Action Agenda calls on governments, companies, farmers, consumers, and everyone in between to “Target-Measure-Act” 

Goal #12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

As part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, #12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns there is a specific target dedicated to food loss and waste; 12.3 reduce food waste by half by 2030.

Food management during COVID19

The NSW Government’s Food Waste in Covid study showed how the pandemic helped us adopt more food waste avoidance behaviours, value food and the food supply chain more and appreciate living in a country like Australia that grows its own food.

The Path to Half 

The Path to Half explains the true cost of food waste in Victoria and gives us the first ever Australian perspective on the impacts of food waste and food production on climate change, water loss and economic costs.

South Australia’s Food Waste Strategy – Valuing our Food Waste

The state’s first comprehensive strategy for reducing and preventing food waste being sent to landfill. 

Mapping horticultural food loss

CSIRO produced Australia's largest study of food loss across the horticultural value chain to quantify the amount of human-grade edible food lost throughout the production value chain.

European research project: REFRESH 

Refresh is an EU research project taking action against food waste. 26 partners from 12 European countries and China work towards the project's goal to contribute towards Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.


Identifying comprehensive food waste recycling solutions for businesses of all sizes in the United States.

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