Bans can be placed on consumer goods or product-related services if it is believed that they may cause death or injury, or affect a person's physical or psychological health.
There are two types of bans:
- an interim ban, which can be imposed by any Australian Minister responsible for product safety, and can last up to 120 days
- a permanent ban, which can only be imposed by the Commonwealth Minister responsible for product safety.
If you know of a product that may be unsafe, contact our Product Safety unit.
The Product Safety Australia website lists all permanent and interim bans.
- Candles with lead wicks
- Fire footbags
- Gas masks with asbestos breathing devices
- Glucomannan in tablet form
- Mini jelly cups containing konjac
- Smokeless tobacco products
- Tinted headlight covers
- Tongue studs without holes
- Toothpaste containing Diethylene glycol (DEG)
- Children's plastic products with more than 1 per cent DEHP
- Combustible candle holders
- Inflatable toys, novelties and furniture containing beads
- Monkey bikes
- Novelty cigarettes
- Pools and spas with unsafe design features
- Sky lanterns
- Toy-like novelty cigarette lighters
- Undeclared knives or cutters in stationery sets
- Yo-Yo water balls
- No interim bans are currently in place
As a manufacturer, importer, wholesaler or retailer, you are responsible for the safety of the products you supply.
If a product you sell is banned, you could suffer negative publicity and loss of income from holding onto large quantities of unsaleable stock. Consumers could sue you if they suffer any injury, and you could be fined up to $220 000 (individuals) or $1 100 000 (corporations) if you sell a banned product.
Last reviewed 21/12/2011