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 that are less than 35 microns thick, including 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 will implement a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable bags, from 1 July 2018.

WA retailers will be allowed 6 months to phase out their existing stocks of banned bags with fines applying from 1 January 2019. Fines will apply from 1 July, however, for suppliers or manufacturers which provide false or misleading information about banned bags. 

The Western Australian Government has recently engaged the NRA to roll-out a large-scale engagement program to assist retails during the transition. This program includes:

  • over 120 workshops and tours across WA from July to Dec 2018
  • dedicated web portal – click here>
  • government-endorsed signage for retailers to download and display
  • resources such as translated factsheets and fliers

Western Australian retailers preparing for the ban should visit or call the NRA’s WA Retail Hotline 1800 817 723.