Australian States and Territories with Plastic Bag Bans

Queensland plastic bag ban

The Queensland Government is enforcing a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags from 1 July 2018.

This ban will affect all retailers – from grocery stores to fashion boutiques, from convenience stores to fast food outlets – that currently use light-weight plastic bags, including HDPE plastic, biodegradable, compostable, and degradable bags.

Since 2017 the National Retail Association has partnered with the Queensland Government to rollout a comprehensive Retailer Transition Program designed to help retailers navigate the new compliance issues, find alternative bag solutions, and to help retailers manage consumer sentiment to minimise negative impacts on their businesses.

The NRA’s Retailer Transition Program includes:

  • over 180 workshops and tours across Queensland from July to Dec 2017 visiting over 12,000 retailers
  • dedicated web portal with extensive information & resources
  • government-endorsed signage for retailers to download and display

All information and resources are available at our dedicated web portal:


Western Australia plastic bag ban

Western Australia is joining Queensland in banning the bag on 1 July 2018. See the announcement here.

Western Australian retailers preparing for the ban should contact our team at or call 1800 817 723.