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  • Mandatory Standards, Australian Standards and Product Bans

    All consumer products must be safe and meet the consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Banned products cannot be sold and products or product related services must comply with the relevant mandatory standards before they are offered for sale. 

    Mandatory product safety and standards are enforced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). 

    Mandatory standards (also known as safety standards) specify the minimum safety requirements that products must meet to be legally supplied into the Australian market. Information on mandatory standards for children’s products is available from Product Safety Australia.  

    Australian standards specify the minimum requirement of quality, safety or performance of a product or service. Australian standards are voluntary, however, where commonwealth or state governments refer to Australian standards (AS) or joint Australian and New Zealand standards (AS/NZS) in legislation they can become mandatory. 

    Product bans can be permanent or interim. A ban is placed on a product or product related service if there is a risk that it may cause serious injury, illness or death. 

    A product ban is a legislative instrument under the ACL. It is against the law for anyone to supply, offer to supply, manufacture, possess or have control of a banned product. State and Territory laws can also be applied by Offices of Fair Trading and temporary bans put in place. For further information on product bans please refer to Product Safety Australia.

    The Guide to Standards, Children’s Products provides detailed information on mandatory standards, Australian standards and product bans. 

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  • Children's Products Guide

    Includes information on standards, certification schemes and other industry specific information that may be of interest to manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of children's products. Products used by children and marketed to children can cause considerable risks. The publications outlined in the guide provide information that can be used to assess risks as well as safe practises for products primarily designed for children aged 0-14 years.

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