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Food City: City of Melbourne Food Policy

Melbourne is renowned for the quality of its food and we often assume we will always have plentiful access to good food. There are, however, signs that our food system is facing serious challenges.

Waiter serving sandwiches to two women in laneway cafe

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The City of Melbourne food policy – Food City – provides an overarching vision and framework that will guide coordinated action and decision-making to improve our food system. The aim of the policy is to improve people's health and wellbeing by promoting a food system that is secure, healthy, sustainable, thriving and socially inclusive. Food City was endorsed by Council in June 2012.

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Food City Framework


A food system that is secure, healthy, sustainable, thriving and socially inclusive.


  1. A strong, food secure community.
  2. Healthy food choices for all.
  3. A sustainable and resilient food system.
  4. A thriving local food economy.
  5. A city that celebrates food.

City of Melbourne's role

  • Education and community development
  • Partnerships
  • Advocacy and leadership
  • Regulation
  • Research

Supporting documents

The food policy infographic shows a snapshot of Melbourne's food story, drawn from existing statistics and community consultation data about what food means to people in Melbourne. This information has informed the development of the food policy.


Infographic for City of Melbourne's Food Policy - What does food mean to you?

We need to talk about food: how we can all build a better food system

City of Melbourne has an overarching vision to improve our food system. Our aim is to promote sustainable choices within a system that is secure, healthy and socially inclusive.

We've produced this guide so that residents, business and visitors can better understand their impacts and take action that will make our food system more sustainable and resilient.

The guide includes a survey that will help you recognise the environmental impacts of your food choices, cut out and keep guides you can take to the market, paths to sustainability for both business and individuals, and a checklist where you can make your own sustainable food commitments. There’s also a wealth of information about the impacts of food on the environment and direction on where you can find more sustainable options.

We hope this guide helps you reduce the impacts of your food choices and that your actions will contribute to a more sustainable and resilient food system.

Contact us


Health Projects Team


03 9658 9658

our acknowledgement

  • Torres Strait Islander Flag
  • Aboriginal People Flag

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 


We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.