About Us

What is the Australian Eating Survey®

Measuring usual food intake is one of the most challenging aspects of nutrition research and clinical practice.

Efficient, cost-effective and valid tools for assessing dietary intakes are key research priorities and critical to understanding the associations between food intake, health and well being.

The Australian Eating Survey® (AES) are a suite of food frequency questionnaires (FFQs) designed to assess usual dietary intake of individuals aged two years and above. They have undergone comprehensive evaluation for validity and reliability, and can be self-administered, completed by parents (for young children) or by interview.

Once the Australian Eating Survey™ is completed you will receive a detailed report based on your responses to the questions. You will receive a feedback report on the food and nutrient composition of your usual eating habits tailored to age, gender and life stage. This report will compare your results to current Australian nutrition and dietary recommendations. You will be able to see which areas of your usual eating patterns match with these recommendations and aspects where you can try and make some improvements.

The survey takes 15 minutes to complete and report available within minutes. The report can be viewed online, printed or saved.

The Australian Eating Survey® questions

There are two surveys that comprise the AES:

  1. The Australian Child and Adolescent Eating Survey is used to measure the dietary intakes of children and adolescents aged 2-17 years.
  2. For individuals aged 18 years or older, the Australian Eating Survey for adults should be used.

Both have been extensively tested and are validated for use in their respective populations. The AES will ask you how often you eat a list of 120 commonly consumed foods and 15 demographic and behavioural questions including age, vitamin supplement use, and eating and sedentary behaviours.

The Team

The Australian Eating Survey was developed by Professor Clare Collins and the Nutrition and Dietetics research team at the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine and Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle.

Professor Clare Collins

Program Partner

nib foundation* is proud to be supporting the University of Newcastle’s online nutrition platforms sharing in our commitment to delivering innovative preventative health programs that make positive and lasting improvements on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of young Aussies.


* Your privacy is very important to us. We will never share personal data provided by you to nib, nib foundation or any other company, organisation or individual without your permission. You can read our full privacy policy here.

Get in touch

For all enquiries, email us at eatingsurvey@newcastle.edu.au.