Packaging Codes of Practice

Packaging Product Stewardship, Packaging Guidelines, Packaging Standards , Packaging Covenant etc.

The aim of the APC is to provide more effective management of used packaging based on the principles of shared responsibility and product stewardship.

Australian Packaging Covenant;

The first National Packaging Covenant was signed and launched in August 1999.

A second five year Covenant was approved by the Ministerial Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) in July 2005.

A third Covenant - the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) - is now in place. It came into effect in July 2010. Click here to read the APC.

The Covenant is designed to minimise the environmental impacts arising from the disposal of used packaging, conserve resources through better design and production processes and facilitate the efficient collection and recycling of used packaging materials.

The Covenant establishes a framework for the effective life cycle management of consumer packaging and paper products that will be delivered through a collaborative approach between all sectors of the packaging supply chain, consumers, collectors, reprocessors and all spheres of government.

The Australian Packaging Covenant has two tiers:

  • The Covenant - The framework or umbrella document that establishes the policy approach and sets the broad parameters. It is the key document.
  • The National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) or regulatory safety net - Focuses on brandowners and is designed to catch the "free loaders" and encourage companies to sign the Covenant. The NEPM is designed to support the Covenant.


Click here for a complete list of signatories to the APC.

Action Plans

Signatories to the Covenant are required to produce Action Plans.

Click here to view Action Plans under the APC that have been submitted and approved.

Click here to view the PCA Action Plan 2010 - 2015.

Publications for download

The PCA played a major role in the collaboration of the first National Packaging Covenant (which commenced) in 1999. The second Covenant commenced in 2005. The third Covenant - The Australian Packaging Covenant - commenced in 2010. A full list of signatories, Action Plans and Reports, can be obtained from the Australian Packaging Covenant website -

PCA Action Plan
2010 - 2015
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Labelling for Recyclability: 4 April 2011
Discussion Paper
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The Australian Packaging Covenant: June 2010
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PCA Action Plan Report
January 2009 - June 2010
Download (329 kB)

The National Packaging Covenant
Download (351 kB)

Environmental Code of Practice: 2005-10
Final Version
Download (134 kB)

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