Single-Use Plastic Working Group

Stage one of Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics includes the phase-out of several single-use plastic items, including plastic straws.
Last updated: 20 April 2022
Single-use plastic working group

Plastic straws are a life need for some people in the community on a permanent or temporary basis. To ensure regulatory actions to ban single-use plastic straws will allow ongoing access for those with a disability or health need who require a straw, the State Government established the Plastic Straws Working Group. The inaugural working group meeting was held on 24 February 2021. Membership consists of representatives from the disability, health, aged care, retail, hospitality and environment sectors, and State Government agencies. 

On 13 July 2021, the Plastic Straws Working Group was expanded to include local government, catering, packaging and grocery sectors. Renamed the Single-Use Plastic Working Group, it will provide input into the design of actions to implement the Plan for Plastics and continue to address the accessibility and personal needs surrounding plastic straws and other single-use plastic items. The group will meet every two months or as required.

Single-Use Plastic Working Group members include:

Organisation Member
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation  Michelle Andrews (Chair)
Director General
Australian Hotels Association WA Bradley Woods
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Medical Association (WA) Inc Dr Tony Ryan
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Ltd. Peter Brisbane
Government Partnership Manager
Australian Retailers Association Jason Robertson
Director Sustainability
Carers Advisory Council WA Esme Bowen
Department of Communities Bronwynn Comerford
Individualised Services Program Manager
Department of Health Neil Keen
Master Grocers Association Jos de Bruin
Chief Executive Officer
National Disability Services Coralie Flatters
State Manager, Western Australia
National Retail Association David Stout
Director, Policy
People with Disabilities (WA) Inc Brendan Cullinan
Executive Director
Pharmacy Guild of Australia Matthew Tweedie
Plastic Free Foundation Rebecca Prince-Ruiz
Executive Director
Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia Hugo Robinson
Manager, Policy and Government
South West Aboriginal Medical Service Lesley Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
vegetablesWA Manus Stockdale
Acting Chief Executive Officer
WA Local Government Association Rebecca Brown
Manager, Waste and Recycling
Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association Australia Gayle Sloan
Acting Chief Executive Officer
WWF Australia Kate Noble
No Plastics in Nature Policy Manager