The Product Stewardship Act 2011 provides the framework to effectively manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products, and in particular those impacts associated with the disposal of products and their associated waste. The framework includes voluntary, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship. The passage of the legislation delivered on a key commitment by the Australian Government under the National Waste Policy; a policy that was agreed by governments in November 2009 and endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in October 2010.

The Product Stewardship Act 2011 (the Act) is required to be reviewed five years after commencement. This is the first review of the Act. The Department of Environment and Energy sought input from industry, governments, and the general public to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the Act and that it’s delivering the best outcomes for business and the environment.

Click here to read the AIEN submission to the Consultation Paper