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From 1 July 2018, lightweight single-use plastic bags will be banned statewide in Western Australia.

Implemented by the State Government, the ban will bring WA in line with South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory, and the Australian Capital Territory which already have plastic bag bans in place. Queensland has also committed to a ban from 1 July, 2018.

The discussion paper,Implementing a lightweight single-use plastic bag ban in Western Australia,, seeks feedback on how the Government can reduce the impact of lightweight single-use plastic bags.

It focuses on the Government’s preferred option, which is to implement a statewide ban, and seeks input on the impact of the preferred approach. 

The paper considers how retailers and consumers can prepare for the proposed changes.

Following the public consultation period, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will analyse submissions and make recommendations to the Minister for Environment. 

How to make a submission

Feedback can be provided via an online survey.

A detailed written submission can be lodged by email (preferred) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hard copies can be mailed to:

Manager, Plastic Bag Ban
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Locked Bag 10
Joondalup DC

Consultation duration

20 December 2017 to 09 March 2018

All submissions must be received by 5pm (WST) 09 March 2018.

About making a submission

By making a submission, you are consenting to the submission being treated as a public document and being published on the Department’s website. Your name will be included but your contact address will be withheld for privacy.

If you do not consent to your submission being treated as a public document, you should mark it as confidential, specifically identify those parts which you feel need to be kept private, and include an explanation. The Department may request that a non-confidential summary of the material is also given. It is important to note that even if your submission is treated as confidential by the Department, it may still be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 1992 or any other applicable written law.

The Department reserves the right before publishing a submission to delete any content that could be regarded as racially vilifying, derogatory or defamatory to an individual or an organisation.

Please take careful note of the deadline for comment, as no late submissions will be accepted.