Currently, for most packaged products, the quantity in the package must be displayed on the front.
But, if some of the options in a consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) issued recently by the federal government were adopted, it would NOT be mandatory to display the quantity information on the front of any packaged products . (However, the quantity information would still have to displayed somewhere on the package and it would still have to be prominent and legible.)
I think that that the quantity information needs to be on the front of ALL packages for many reasons including to:
Ensure that it is easy for all consumers to locate.
Ensure that the location is consistent across all packages.
Facilitate consumer use of the information to make a variety of decisions at the time of purchase, including easily informed choices about the quantity needed and to compare the price per unit of quantity (the unit price). (Note: For constant quantity packages the unit price only has to be provided by very large grocery retailers.)
Facilitate consumer use of the quantity information after purchase.
Help consumers notice package “shrinkflation” (reduced quantity but unchanged or increased selling price).
Help consumers notice when packages contain large amounts of empty space (slack fill).
Meet the needs of the many consumers with disabilities, including impaired vision, mobility, and cognition.
Comments/views on the above are welcome. Also, on a consultation question that asks whether, and if so why, there are any particular types of packaged products where retaining front of pack quantity information is important.
The 213 page consultation RIS, which covers much more than this issue, is available here
The closing date for responses is Friday 14 May.