Plastic Bag Ban – retailer and SME advice


From 1 January 2019, it is illegal for any retailer in Western Australia to supply lightweight plastic shopping bags.

The legislation was introduced by the WA Government on 1 July 2018 and retailers have had six months to phase out their existing stocks of banned bags. From 1 January 2019, members of the public will be able to report suspected banned bags and, if found non-compliant, retailers can be fined $5,000.

Over the past few months, the National Retail Association (NRA) has visited thousands of retailers across WA to provide advice and assistance in preparation for the bag ban.

Many businesses have already made the transition away from lightweight plastic bags, however the NRA have found that some consumers are still unaware that the ban also applies to small and medium businesses, including food outlets.

January 2019 Campaign

The NRA, in partnership with the WA Government, launched a new campaign from 1 January 2019 to further assist retailers and shoppers through the final transition.

The campaign includes:

  • Online video series for YouTubeFacebook and Instagram
  • Ads and banners
  • Factsheets, fliers and media releases
  • Street stencil campaign
  • Human billboards
  • Public engagements with campaign ambassador, Famous Sharron
  • Physical display materials for 100 shopping centres across WA

Retailers and shopping centres are encouraged to use and share the campaign materials available under the resources section of the NRA website

More Information

For more information please visit the NRA website or contact the NRA.