Australian Eating Surveys

The measurement of habitual food intake is one of the most challenging aspects of nutrition interventions and research. 

Efficient, cost effective and valid tools to assess dietary intake is critical to understanding the associations between food intake and health, in particular obesity.

Food Frequency QuestionairesThe Australian Eating Surveys (AES) are a suite of food frequency questionnaires (FFQs) designed to assess individual habitual dietary intake for children over the age of two, adolescents and adults. The subsequent results can identify the factors involved in the etiology of obesity and the subsequent health outcomes.

The FFQs have undergone comprehensive tests for validity and can be self-administered or completed by parents.

The AES FFQs are 120-item, semi-quantitative questionaires with a comprehensive food list to enable estimation and ranking of all macronutrients and key micronutrients and takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

Accessing the Australian Eating Survey

The AES FFQs are property of the University of Newcastle and prior to using the surveys, researchers are required to a sign a Licence Agreement.

The agreement outlines the terms and conditions of using the AES FFQ to ensure it is utilised appropriately and the nutrient data is processed accurately.

Please email innovation [at] newcastle [dot] edu [dot] au or call 02 4921 8777 to obtain a copy of the agreement.

To obtain an order form for the Australian Eating Survey (Adult) click here

To obtain an order form for the Australian Child and Adolescent Eating Survey click here

Download the user manual

Please watch the following video for instructions on completing the FFQ