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Victoria Legislation Explained

Currently, legislation against single-use plastics in Victoria only applies to lightweight check-out style shopping bags. The ban was introduced in 2019 and includes both degradable and biodegradable compostable lightweight plastic bags.

However by February 2023, legislation against other specified single-use plastics will come into force, following the actions of other state governments who have bans due to come into effect throughout 2021.  

Data from the Victorian government consultation report indicates that Victorians are concerned about how plastic impacts the environment and thus, will receive new legislation positively. 96% of respondents supported a ban on single-use plastics and respondents also noted other items of concern such as plastic straws, coffee cups, takeaway food containers, plastic utensils and plastic bottles[1].

Key dates

On 27 February 2021, the Victorian government announced their plan to ban selected single-use plastic products to reduce the volume of waste going to landfill[2].

State government departments and agencies stopped using banned items from February 2022. However, the ban will not apply to all cafes, restaurants and businesses in Victoria until 2023.

The following items will be banned from 1 February 2023:

  • Single-use plastic straws
  • Single-use plastic cutlery
  • Single-use plastic plates
  • Single-use plastic beverage stirrers and sticks
  • Single-use plastic expanded polystyrene food and drink containers
  • Single-use plastic cotton bud sticks


Legislation will not affect medical or scientific equipment, emergency management services or individuals who require particular single-use plastic products due to disability or for health and safety.

The Victorian government will work with the aged care and disability sectors to develop exemptions for individuals who require straws or other single-use plastics.

Detpak go range tray filled with salad and pictured with a fork.
Detpak recycleme cup filled with soda and pictured with an endura paper straw.

Enforcement & Penalties

The Environment Protection Authority enforce the legislation against single-use plastic shopping bags in Victoria.

More information about Victoria’s plan for banning single-use plastics is available, here.


Head back to the Single-use Problematic Plastics in Australia home page, here.

Contact us about moving to Towards 2025 compliant packaging, here.

Browse our range of sustainable legislative compliant packaging, here.






Your Compliant Options


Item: Y707S0350

AUD 120.38* / Carton (400) | AUD 0.30 EA


Item: P117S0010

AUD 97.51* / Carton (400) | AUD 0.24 EA


Item: Y448S0001

AUD 336.12* / Carton (6,000) | AUD 0.06 EA

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