Working Groups

APCO’s Working Groups bring together representatives from government, industry, academia and the community sector to drive progress on Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets. 

Since 2018, these collaborative forums have harnessed the skills and expertise of more than 200 professionals from across Australia’s complex packaging supply chain.

In FY22, APCO is facilitating the following Working Groups which meet regularly through a series of workshops. 

FY22 Working Groups

  • National Packaging Targets Implementation
  • Collective Action Group
  • ARL Advisory Commitee
  • ANZPAC Collective Action Group – NEW 
  • Container Deposit Scheme National Working Group

National Packaging Target Implementation (NPTI) Working Group

In FY22 the NPTI Working Group will focus on monitoring and evaluating progress towards the 2025 Targets and identifying actions that can be taken collectively to address gaps and accelerate progress.

This group will focus on the delivery of the following outcomes as outlined in Our Packaging Future – Australia’s national roadmap to 2025:

  • Outcome 1: Packaging Designed for Circularity
  • Outcome 2: Improved Collection & Recycling Systems
  • Outcome 3: Expanded Markets for Used Packaging
  • Outcome 4: Foundational – Measure and report progress


Collective Action Group

The Collective Action Group (CAG) is a team of leading industry representatives from across the supply chain and government who oversee the strategic delivery of the 2025 National Packaging Targets.


Made up of a team of third-party experts representing the packaging value chain, the CAG oversees the design of a systemic model for how Australia can transition to an advanced sustainable packaging ecosystem. Led by an independent Chair skilled in the facilitation of industry directed change models and co-regulatory programs, the CAG is comprised of some of the most well-respected members of Australian industry.


Learn more about this group here.

ARL Advisory Committee

The ARL Advisory Committee (AAC) is supporting APCO in the delivery of the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) Program. It is a consolidation of the previous ARL Marketing Advisory Committee (MAC) and ARL Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The objective of the AAC is to ensure that the data and thresholds within the PREP are accurate and providing technical advice to appeals in regard to the ARL Program. The AAC also supports APCO in reviewing consumer education and communication activities and assets to ensure they are effective, consistent and adhere to industry best practice.

Experts from across the Australian and New Zealand packaging supply chain, with representation from brand owners, packaging manufacturers, waste and recyclers, independent experts, and government, will provide this technical and marketing advice to the ARL Program.

Learn more about this group here.


ANZPAC Collective Action Group

The objective of the ANZPAC Collective Action Group (ACAG) is to oversee the development and implementation of the ANZPAC Roadmap to meet the ANZPAC Regional Plastics Targets by 2025. The group is key in enabling a successful transition to a circular economy for plastic packaging across the ANZPAC region.


The ACAG consists of eighteen Members, with six each from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Representation will span the value chain for packaging and recycling, including packaging manufacturers, brand owners, retailers, recycling and waste management service providers, environmental groups/community groups and governments.

Learn more about this group here.

Container Deposit Scheme National Working Group

The Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) National Working Group supports the national network of CDS Coordinators to drive accountability, transparency and shared value for consumers, industry and government through harmonisation of the various Schemes across Australia. This includes a comprehensive program that seeks to support the evolution in the way Australia sorts, recovers and reuses beverage packaging containers.