On 29 March 2023, the Senate referred an inquiry into greenwashing for inquiry and report by 5 December 2023, with the following terms of references:

An inquiry into greenwashing, with particular reference to:

  1. the environmental and sustainability claims made by companies in industries including energy, vehicles, household products and appliances, food and drink packaging, cosmetics, clothing and footwear;
  2. the impact of misleading environmental and sustainability claims on consumers;
  3. domestic and international examples of regulating companies' environmental and sustainability claims;
  4. advertising standards in relation to environmental and sustainability claims;
  5. legislative options to protect consumers from green washing in Australia; and
  6. any other related matters

The closing date for submissions is 8 June 2023.

The close of submission date was extended to 22 June 2023. Submission are now closed.

On 7 August 2023, the committee was granted an extension of time for the report until 28 June 2024.


About this inquiry:

An inquiry into greenwashing, particularly claims made by companies, the impact of these claims on consumers, regulatory examples, advertising standards, and legislative options to protect consumers.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526