The Commissioner, Professor Kate Auty, provided the report: Unfantastic Plastic – Review of the ACT Shopping Bag Ban, to the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability on 17 August 2018. It was tabled in the Legislative Assembly and released on 20 September 2018.

The report responds to a Ministerial Direction issued on 21 December 2017 to investigate the efficacy of the existing legislation and recommend options to improve environmental outcomes.


Please click on the link below to access our summary of the report:


The plastic bag ban legislation came into effect on 1 November 2011. It has had two previous internal reviews in 2012 and 2014, and now independently in 2018.

These reviews have reasonably found that the Act has been effective in reducing plastic bag consumption and associated litter.

The Commissioner has made four (4) recommendations.

  1. Introduce a mandatory plastic bag disclosure regime
  2. Introduce minimum plastic bag pricing
  3. Improve government’s governance on plastic bag regulation, and
  4. Research synergies for compostable plastic and the proposed household organic collection scheme

The ACT Government has six months to provide a response to the four recommendations in this report.

Technical analysis was undertaken by Australian National University for this review in the report: Regulating Plastic shopping Bags in the Australian Capital Territory: Plastic Shopping Bag Ban Act 2010.


Please click on the links below to access the reports:

CSE, 2018: Unfantastic Plastic- Review of the ACT Shopping Bag Ban

ANU, 2018: Regulating Plastic shopping Bags in the Australian Capital Territory: Plastic Shopping Bag Ban Act 2010.