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Federal Government Legislation and Policy

Product Stewardship Act 2011

The Product Stewardship Act 2011 provides the framework for the development of product stewardship schemes. Product stewardship is an approach to reducing the environmental and other impacts of products by encouraging or requiring manufacturers, importers, distributors and other persons to take responsibility for those products.

This Act provides a framework for 3 kinds of product stewardship.

  • Voluntary product stewardship: This involves accrediting voluntary arrangements designed to further the objects of this Act in relation to products, and authorising the use of product stewardship logos in connection with such arrangements.
  • Co‑regulatory product stewardship: This involves requiring some manufacturers, importers, distributors and users of products (called liable parties), who have been specified in the regulations, to be members of co‑regulatory arrangements approved by the Minister.
  • Mandatory product stewardship: This involves enabling regulations to be made that would require some persons to take, or not to take, specified action in relation to products.

The Minister must publish an annual list of classes of products the Minister is proposing to consider, during the next financial year, for some form of accreditation or regulation under the Act. The list must include the reason, or reasons, why the Minister is proposing to give that consideration to each class of products.

For more information visit the Department of the Environment website.

Nation Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme was established in 2011 to provide Australian householders and small business with access to industry-funded collection and recycling services for televisions and computers. The Scheme uses a co-regulatory approach.

For more information visit the Department of the Environment website.

National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme

The National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme was launched in 2014. The scheme helps tackle the significant environmental challenges arising from used tyres. The Scheme is voluntary.

For more information visit the Tyre Stewardship Australia website.

Paintback

The Paintback voluntary product stewardship scheme was established in 2016 to divert architectural and decorative waste paint from landfill. The Scheme is voluntary.

For more information visit the Paintback website.

MobileMuster

MobileMuster is an accredited voluntary Scheme for the collection and recycling of mobile phone components including handsets, batteries and accessories.

For more information visit the MobileMuster website.

Flurocycle

FluoroCycle is a voluntary Scheme for the collection and recycling of waste mercury-containing lamps.

For more information visit the Fluorocycle website.

Batteries

The Minister for the Environment has listed batteries among the classes of products the Minister will consider, during 2016-17, whether some form of accreditation or regulation under the Act might be appropriate.

Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000

The Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000 establishes the general framework and benefit entitlements of the Product Stewardship for Oil Program arrangements. The arrangements comprise a levy-benefit system, where an 8.5 cents per litre levy on new oil, helps fund benefit payments to used oil recyclers. These arrangements provide incentives to increase used oil recycling in the Australian community.

Product Stewardship for Oil Program

The Product Stewardship for Oil Program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2001 to provide incentives to increase used oil recycling. The Program, administered by the Department of the Environment, aims to encourage the environmentally sustainable management and re-refining of used oil and its re-use.

For more information visit the Department of the Environment website.