The Australian Food Retail Outlet Monitoring Tool can be used to compare the types of food retail outlets located in different local government areas, including changes over time. Currently, the tool includes data for Victoria, and plans are underway to expand it to include local government areas in other States.
What can I use the Australian Food Retail Outlet Monitoring Tool to explore?
For each local government area, you can explore and compare:
- The number of food outlets available per 10,000 people
- Density of healthy, less healthy and unhealthy food outlets
- Ratio of unhealthy to healthy food outlets
- Density of fresh food, discretionary food, fast food, supermarkets, takeaways, small goods food outlets
- How the density has changed over time in 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016
What types of food outlets are monitored?
- ‘Supermarkets’: major and minor supermarkets
- ‘Fresh Produce’: fruit and greengrocer, butcher, fish and poultry shops
- ‘Eating Out’: cafes, restaurants and pubs
- ‘Small goods’: bakers, delis, sandwich and sushi outlets
- ‘Fast food’: franchised takeaway outlets
- ‘Takeaways’: independent takeaway outlets
- ‘Discretionary foods’: general and specialty stores predominantly offering food and drinks defined by the Australian Dietary Guidelines as “not necessary for a healthy diet and are too high in saturated fat and/or added sugars, added salt or alcohol or low in fibre”
The development of the Food Retail Environment Monitoring Tool was supported by funding from a VicHealth Innovation Grant (IR27123) and VicHealth Research Partnerships Grant (OPP-20106)