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Rebates available for cloth nappies

Modern cloth nappies are starting to get the air time they deserve, with more Local Councils recognising the many benefits of reusable cloth nappies and the good news – there are new rebates available now!

If you are a seasoned cloth nappy researcher, you will understand that there is a lot of money to be saved long term by choosing reusable baby nappies.  Buying disposable nappies for 2.5 years (the average age a child will toilet train out of nappies) will cost up to $3,000, whereas a set of reusable cloth nappies will cost under $1,000, that’s even taking into account the cost of laundering them at home.  

Local Councils have cottoned on to the benefit themselves – it is Local Councils who has to pay, per tonne, for the amount of waste sent to landfills they manage.  If they can reduce that waste amount, then it costs less for them and will make their landfill last even longer. 

There are a hand full of local Councils across Australia that will provide rebates towards the purchase of modern cloth nappies.  If you are lucky enough to live within one of these Council areas, you may be eligible to receive money back on your cloth nappy investment.  

We’ve compiled a list of the Australian Councils which provide a cloth nappy rebate, what is rebated and information on how to access this.  Before applying, check that you are eligible with your specific Council as each Council has varied requirements. 

Victoria

The City of Ballarat is now offering rebates for reusable cloth nappies, wipes, wetbags, sanitary pads and breast pads.  

Receive 50% rebate of the purchase price, up to $100 (up to $50 for reusable breast pads)

Example – Spend $200, receive $100 in rebate. More details and application here

Wodonga City Council, Indigo Shire Council and Towong Shire Council have joined forces again with the Halve Waste program to offer residents a cloth nappy rebate for 50% of the purchase price, maximum $100 rebate. This rebate is only available for purchases made from 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022 or until rebate amounts have been allocated per shire.  

Example – Spend $200 on cloth nappies, receive $100 rebate

More information from Halve Waste and the rebate application form can be found here

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council provide rebates for cloth nappies, reusable swim nappies and reusable sanitary products including cups and leak proof underwear.  50% of the purchase price is rebated with a maximum of $100 for the purchase of cloth nappies and a maximum of $50 for the purchase of sanitary items.  

Example – Spend $200 on cloth nappies, receive $100 back.  Spend $100 on sanitary products, receive $50 back. 

More information and application can be found on the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council website

The City of Casey was one of the first Councils to provide a rebate in Australia and it is one of the highest going around.  Due to the recent overwhelming response, The City of Casey has suspended their rebates until July 2021. 

You can check back to the City of Casey website for updates.


After a successful trial, Wyndham City Council provide a rebate for cloth nappies and reusable sanitary items for  50% of the purchase price. This is $100 rebate for cloth nappies and $50 rebate for reusable sanitary products. 

Example – Spend $200 on cloth nappies, receive $100 rebate. Spend $100 on reusable sanitary items, receive $50 rebate

More information available on the Wyndham City Council website. 

Cardinia Shire offers a rebate of 50% of the spend, up to $150 for cloth nappies, reusable swim nappies, reusable sanitary products, reusable inner liners for nappies, reusable baby wipes, wet bags for reusable nappies and reusable nursing breast pads

More information and application forms are available on their website 

Whilst Bayside City Council currently does not have a rebate in place, a petition has been created by residents of Bayside to get one started.  To support this rebate development, you can sign the petition here

New South Wales 

 

Albury City Council, Greater Hume Shire and Federation Council have joined forces again with the Halve Waste program with their neighbouring Victorian Councils to offer residents a cloth nappy rebate for 50% of the purchase price, maximum $100 rebate. This rebate is only available for purchases made from 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022 or untill rebate amounts have been allocated per shire.  

Example – Spend $200 on cloth nappies, receive $100 rebate

More information from Halve Waste and the rebate application form can be found here  

 

City of Wagga Wagga are offering rebates for reusable nappies and menstrual pads. 

Rebates of half the cost of your purchase, up to $100 per child or user. Which means if you have more than one child in nappies, you can claim a rebate for each child.  

The rebate program applies to purchases made from 1 July 2021 – 1 January 2022. 

More information and online application available here

Queensland

Brisbane City Council provide a Sustainable Nappy Cashback where cloth nappy purchasers can enter a monthly draw to win back their purchase price up to $300 value.  Two further $50 prize draws are also awarded each month. Purchases can also include the use of a cloth nappy hire service – a great way to test out different styles of nappies before making a purchase. 

Residents can enter the draw if they have purchased cloth nappy products within the previous six months.  And with any new future purchases, you can enter up to six times.  

Example – If you purchased cloth nappies last month, you can use this receipt to enter the draw. If you are unsuccessful in winning, you can submit your receipt again, as long as your receipt is still within six months from date of purchase.

Head to the Brisbane City Council website for more details and how to enter the draw

 

South Australia

The City of Holdfast Bay provides a 50% rebate, up to $100 on the purchase of modern cloth nappies, part of their Green Living Subsidies program.  

Example – Spend $200 on cloth nappies, receive $100 rebate

For more information and to access the application form, visit the City of Holdfast Bay website

Western Australia

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River will subsidise up to $100 of the cost of cloth nappies within 6 months of purchase. This means they will give you $100 towards the cost of your nappies

Example – Spend $120 on cloth nappies, receive $100 back

Visit the Shire of Augusta Margaret River website for information and to apply

If you are aware of any other rebates that are not on this list, please get in contact and we can add them

Does your Council need an education program for reusable nappies?

cloth nappy workshop and information sessions
 
Cloth Baby owner and founder Emma Avery has spent over 10 years in local and state government roles, focussed on educating adults about adapting to new sustainability behaviours. She saw a gap in the conversation about modern cloth nappies which led her to start her business.  
In partnerships with Local Councils and organisations, Emma provides workshops both online and face-to-face to educate and empower parents to use modern cloth nappies for their baby.
Emma has experience in developing educational programs and workshops including rebate advice for local councils.  Emma also advises on other relevant community waste topics centred around waste avoidance and community behaviour change in her consulting business EA Sustainability