SA's plastic bag ban

In 2009, South Australia led the nation with a ban on lightweight, checkout-style plastic bags. The Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmanian and New South Wales Government governments are all introducing bans on these types of plastic bags. 

South Australian shoppers were quick to embrace the state’s plastic bag ban. Research undertaken by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science at UniSA showed that more than 90% of shoppers took reusable bags to do their shopping, compared to roughly 60% before the ban took effect.

To view the resources developed to support the introduction of South Australia's ban, visit