Retailers calling on NSW government to ban the bag

Each Australian state or territory has either passed, or are in the process of passing, legislation that eradicates single-use plastic bags across the entire retail grid, with the exception of New South Wales (NSW).  Should NSW emulate the steps taken in other states, it will bring all retailers throughout Australia under a single, streamlined approach […]

Western Australian retailers: Six months to prepare for the plastic bag ban

Western Australia is joining Queensland retailers in ‘banning the bag’ on 1 July 2018 Public submissions now open for upcoming plastic bag ban Feedback welcome via online survey or written submission Western Australians are being urged to start changing their plastic bag use with less than six months to go until the ban on lightweight, […]

How will you prepare your team for the QLD Bag Ban?

There are only nine months until the QLD Bag Ban is enforced on 1 July 2018. The National Retail Association (NRA) is urging retailers to start preparing now for the state-wide plastic bag ban. The ban will apply to all retailers – not only supermarkets – including food businesses such as butchers, convenience stores, and […]

Woolworths leads the way in plastic bag phase-out

Retail giant Woolworths Group leads the way in phasing-out plastic bags, today announcing its voluntary commitment to eliminate single-use plastic bag use across its entire retail grid, Australia wide. Throughout the next 12 months, all stores within the Woolworths Group from Big W to BWS, will ditch their single-use plastic bag offering in favour of […]

Retailers work alongside State Government on plastic bag ban roll-out as Bill goes to Parliament

QUEENSLAND The National Retail Association has partnered with the Palaszczuk Government to guide Queensland retailers through the State’s impending ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, as legislation is introduced to Parliament today. Chief Executive Dominique Lamb said the NRA was preparing to launch a campaign to raise awareness across the sector and among consumers, and […]

Retailers work alongside state Government on plastic bag ban roll-out

The National Retail Association has partnered with the Palaszczuk Government in an initiative to guide Queensland retailers through the State’s impending ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. In support of the new legislation that plans to tackle shopping bag litter, the NRA will launch an awareness campaign aiming to inform both the retail sector and […]

Retailers & Government work together on plastic bag ban

The National Retail Association and the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are working closely to ensure that Queensland’s proposed plastic bag ban is implemented with as little inconvenience to retailers and consumers as possible. The state-wide ban on the supply of lightweight plastic shopping bags is due to come into effect on 1 […]

Plastic bag debate continues

Across Australia, many of the State and Territory Governments are in varying stages of considering or enacting legislation to ban the supply of lightweight plastic shopping bags. As this issue arises in the various jurisdictions across the country, the National Retail Association seeks to work with the relevant government to implement a solution that recognises […]

Policy Update: Plastic bag ban in NSW

The New South Wales Parliament is currently considering a Bill to prohibit retailers from supplying certain types of plastic bags to their customers. If passed, the new law will prevent retailers from supplying plastic bags to customers to carry goods bought, or to be bought, from the retailer that are not biodegradable. The Bill does […]

Message from the CEO: 26 February 2016

NSW and Queensland governments are both looking at banning plastic shopping bags. This issue has long been debated by governments over the years. Some of Australia’s less populous states and territories have already implemented bans of certain types of plastic bags. Bans are a blunt policy response to most problems but, of course, proponents for banning bags […]