The Victorian Government are introducing a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags that will come into effect on 1 November 2019. Non-compliance with the ban will result in significant financial penalties.

The ban will apply to all suppliers of bags and retailers including supermarkets and many more retail businesses. The ban is specifically on lightweight shopping bags made of all types of plastic (including degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastics).

Through 2019, the Victorian Government will be working with the National Retail Association to support retailers in adapting to the changes. This will help minimise impacts to Victorian businesses and support everyone with the transition. Retailers, suppliers and Victorian businesses can visit the VicBagBan website for more information