Public Consultation on Draft Container Refund Scheme Regulations 2023

​The Draft Container Refund Scheme Regulations 2023 have now been released for public consultation. Feedback on the draft regulations is welcomed from all stakeholders and the wider Tasmanian community. 
The draft regulations have been developed to provide operational detail around the Container Refund Scheme Act 2022 including: 
  • ​Which beverage containers won’t be covered by the scheme when it commences (such as unflavoured milk, wine and spirits)
  • ​The 10 cents per container refund amount
  • ​​Technical details for barcodes and refund messages to be included on beverage labels
  • ​Circumstances where a refund is not payable (such as where a container is broken or contaminated)

A copy of the draft regulations is available for download:

The Department has prepared an Explanatory Paper that provides a Plain English description of the draft regulations as a reference for anyone seeking to engaging with them. A copy of the Explanatory Paper is available for download:

How to make a submission

The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the development of Government policy and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania is seeking your input on the Draft Container Refund Scheme Regulations 2023. All written submissions on the draft regulations must be received by 5pm on ​14 June, 2023.

Submissions can be made: 


Mail: GPO Box 44, Hobart, Tasmania 7001 

If you have any queries about these documents, or if you require a copy of the proposed regulations, please contact the Container Refund Scheme Project Team via the contact details above or at the bottom of this page.
All submissions will be considered, and a summary provided to the Subordinate Legislation Review Committee of the Tasmanian Parliament before the regulations are made. 

Accessibility of Submissions

The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information. 
We are therefore committed to ensuring information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs. 
Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent. 
The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.

Important Information to Note

Your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise. 
In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the submission will be treated as public. 
If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government. 
Submissions containing defamatory or offensive material, in whole or in part, will not be published.
If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and Confidentiality

Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). 
If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment. 

Key Dates

Public consultation period begins 3 May 2023
Close of public comment period ​14 June 2023 (5pm)


Container Refund Scheme
Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000