Plastic Bag Ban - Victoria


The Victorian Government has implemented a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags. Banned bags have a thickness of 35 microns or less at any part of the bag.

The ban applies to all retailers, including:

  • supermarkets
  • greengrocers
  • bakeries
  • pharmacies
  • clothing stores
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • markets
  • food outlets.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.


The ban does not apply to:

  • barrier bags used for unpacked perishables (like loose fruit or vegetables or meat)
  • bags that are a key part of sealed packaging
  • garbage bags
  • nappy, dog waste or medical waste bags. 

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
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Act(s) name

Environment Protection Act 2017 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Environment Protection Regulations 2021 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Contact details

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