Collaborating with Governments

APCO is working closely with local, state and federal governments to deliver the 2025 National Packaging Targets and build a circular economy for packaging in Australia.  

Our co-regulatory structure means we work in close partnership with state and federal governments, along with our Members and broader industry, to deliver the obligations outlined within the Australian Packaging Covenant document. This co-regulatory framework enables APCO Members to meet their obligations under the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure 2011 (NEPM). Read more about how this co-regulatory model co-ordinates packaging sustainability here

Our partnership with government was further consolidated in 2018 when APCO was appointed by the Environment Ministers Meeting to lead the delivery of Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets and in 2019 when APCO was allocated responsibility for 11 sections in the recently updated National Waste Policy Action Plan. 

APCO’s approach to delivering change, utilising the Collective Impact Framework, is deeply aligned with the governance frameworks and processes used by government at a local, state and federal level. In practical terms, this close relationship is delivered through regular feedback cycles and a number of established channels and government advisory groups. These include the Government Officials Group, the Senior Officials Group and the Environment Ministers Meeting. The APCO team also regularly contributes to government submissions and participates in government committees, reference groups and task forces. 

Federal, state and local government representatives also regularly participate in a range of APCO projects, advisory groups and events. This approach ensures all of our work is closely aligned with the sustainable packaging initiatives being planned and delivered by government. Recent examples of this collaboration in action include: 

  • The Australasian Recycling Label Advisory Committee (AAC)
  • APCO’s 2021 and 2022 Working Groups 
  • Single-Use and Problematic Plastic Workshops including Knowledge Sharing Sessions and National Workshops
  • APCO’s 2021 PFAS in Fibre-Based Packaging Report
  • APCO events and the Annual Awards ceremony
  • The launch of the Collective Action Group