This measure shows the average vegetable consumption for adults aged 18 years or over, and the proportion of adults aged 18 years who met / did not meet the dietary guideline for daily vegetable intake.
Numerator: Usual daily number of daily serves of vegetables reported by adults aged 18 years or over.
Denominator: Number of persons aged 18 years and over, including those reporting that they did not consume vegetables.
Recommended vegetable intake
The 2013 NHMRC Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend the following serves of vegetables per day:
|Recommended serves per day
||70 years and over
2020-2021 National Health Survey (NHS) Data
The 2020-21 NHS data should be considered a break in time series from previous NHS collections and used for point-in-time national analysis only. The survey was collected during the COVID-19 pandemic which significantly changed the data collection. To maintain the safety of survey respondents and ABS Interviewers, it was collected via an online, self-complete form. Non-response is usually reduced through Interviewer follow up of households who have not responded. As this was not possible, there were lower response rates than previous NHS cycles, which impacted sample representativeness for some sub-populations. Comparisons to previous health data over time are not possible.
In addition to the changes resulting from the pandemic and data collection via an online form, there were a number of other changes made to the 2020-21 NHS. This survey had a planned change to sample design and only nationally representative estimates are available – State and Territory estimates have not been produced. There have also been various changes to content, question modules, instrument design and output data items.
The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) 2016, was used to allocate participants to a remoteness area based on their area of usual residence.
The 2016 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index for Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage was used to allocate participants to a SEIFA quintile based on their usual residence.
ABS 2017-18 National Health Survey
ABS 2018-19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey