In December 2018, Australia’s environment ministers and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) agreed to the 2018 National Waste Policy, updating the 2009 National Waste Policy. The policy was updated in response to changing global trends and international markets, including increasing import restrictions for waste and recyclable materials in China.

The objective of the audit was to examine the effectiveness of the department’s implementation of the National Waste Policy Action Plan 2019.

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