The Australian Food Network
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Who We Are

Sustain is a “think and do” network, specialising in designing and building sustainable & healthy food systems.

We work for the transition to a food system that supports flourishing communities, individuals and ecosystems.

We give people, councils, and organisations the tools they need to help them become empowered food citizens, supporting healthy communities, people and ecosystems.

Sustain emerged from the Food Alliance (2009-2014), where the Circles of Food methodology was developed, borrowing from Circles of Sustainability. We are based in Melbourne, Australia, and currently hosted by the William Angliss Institute.

Sustain is a registered deductible gift recipient charity.


We sow the seeds of changewith Events, Policy Work, Practice & Thought Leadership, Capacity Building and Collective Action.

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We work withGovernments, Councils &CommunityLeaders

To help map local food systems, and develop evidence-based and achievable policies and programs.

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Our Mission

To catalyse meaningful and powerful connectionsto enable the emergence of aflourishing and healthyfoodsystem,realised through food systems events, network-building and consultancy services.


Sustain was established for the public charitable purpose of promoting health and wellbeing through a broader food-systems approach. The objectives of this activity include the following:

  • To support local governments to adopt and implement policies to protect, improve and promote the public health of their communities;
  • To build the capacity of food system stakeholders to adopt and implement diverse changes to protect and enhance the health of all Australians;
  • To establish and co-ordinate the Australian Food Network;
  • To facilitate the development of communities of food-system practice;
  • To support and publish community-engaged food systems research; and
  • To provide food systems advice, consultancy and training services for the promotion and development of healthy and sustainable food systems.