Public consultation on Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products

In April 2010 the Australian Government announced that, in a world first, all tobacco products sold in Australia would be required to be sold in plain packaging by 1 July 2012. Following Government amendments, the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 will require that all tobacco products sold in Australia are in plain packaging by 1 December 2012.

The Government’s legislation on plain packaging aims to prevent tobacco advertising and/or promotion on tobacco product packaging in order to:


The Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 and associated Trade Marks Amendment (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Act 2011 received Royal Assent on 1 December 2011.


Public consultation on Plain Packaging of Cigarette Products

To enable full stakeholder and community engagement in the process, the exposure draft of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011 and the Consultation Paper were released for public comment from 7 April 2011 to 6 June 2011. The Consultation Paper outlined the Government’s approach to implementing plain packaging, its response to design testing and targeted consultations, and provided an explanation of the key provisions of the exposure draft Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011.

Consultation Paper and the submissions received for consultation on plain packaging of cigarette products

Public consultation on Plain Packaging of Non-Cigarette Tobacco Products

The Government conducted a further consultation on the detail of the proposed design features for the plain packaging of non-cigarette tobacco products from 30 September 2011 to 28 October 2011. The second consultation paper outlines the Government’s proposed approach to implementing plain packaging for non-cigarette tobacco products.

Consultation Paper and the submissions received for the consultation on plain packaging of non-cigarette tobacco products

Consultation on Regulations for non-cigarette tobacco products

The Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 as they relate to cigarettes were approved by the Executive Council on 7 December 2011, and are available from http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2011L02644.

The draft Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 incorporating requirements for non-cigarette tobacco products were released for public comment from 23 December 2011 to 20 January 2012. The draft Regulations set out additional specifications for the appearance and retail packaging of non-cigarette tobacco products, such as cigars and roll-your-own tobacco.

Draft regulations and the submissions received for the consultation on Regulations for non-cigarette tobacco products

Following the completion of this consultation, the Regulations for non-cigarette tobacco products will be finalised for consideration by the Executive Council.

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The Tobacco Plain Packaging Information Kit provides practical information on the responsibilities and obligations of retailers and other suppliers of tobacco products under the new Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011.

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