Plastic Shopping Bag Ban

What the Queensland Government is doing?
The Queensland Government is introducing a ban on the supply of lightweight single-use supermarket-style plastic shopping bags. The public consultation on the ban received more than 26,000 submissions, with 96% of people supporting its implementation. The government is also working with other states to develop complementary voluntary action to reduce the use of department store-style plastic bags.
Visit the Queensland Government website for more information.

When will the ban start?
The ban will start on 1 July 2018. A transition period will be in place before the 1 July 2018 ban to allow retailers and consumers to adapt to the ban. During this period, retailers will still be able to provide a banned bag but must make an alternative bag available if requested by the customer.

What are the benefits?
  • Reduced litter and plastic pollution - millions of dollars are spent each year in litter clean-up costs. Bags pollute the natural environment and litter streets, parks and waterways
  • Reduced impact on wildlife - they endanger marine and other wildlife which can ingest, and become entangled, in them. Plastic bag litter is often mistaken for food by turtles and other wildlife
What bags are included?
  • HDPE (standard petrochemical) lightweight plastic shopping bags - less than 35 microns in thickness - will no longer be able to be supplied to the customer - either sold or given away
  • Biodegradable and degradable plastic bags - can take a long time to break down in the environment, causing the same harm to wildlife as conventional plastic bags
What bags are NOT included?
  • Department store bags (subject to voluntary action to reduce)
  • Barrier bags for unpackaged perishable foods such as vegetables, fruit, meat and fish
  • Bin liners
  • "Dog Poo" bags provided by councils at dog parks and beaches
What shoppers can do?
  • Take your reusable bags when shopping, instead of using single-use plastic bags
  • Keep a reusable shopping bag in your car or bag, so you are always prepared
What retailers can do?
  • Check out the National Retail Association workshops and website dedicated to helping retailers prepare for the ban at
  • Begin to prepare for the ban by sourcing and transitioning to alternative shopping bags
  • Remember, the lightweight plastic shopping bag ban will apply to all retailers. Penalties apply to any retailer who does not comply with the legislation