Many products must comply with mandatory safety and information standards. These standards give consumers vital information and prevent unsafe products entering the marketplace.
Safety standards require that products meet requirements for performance, composition, contents, manufacturing or processing methods, design, construction, finish and packaging. The standards ensure products are safe for their intended use and help prevent injuries from unsafe goods.
Information standards ensure that products show information, usually via a label or warning, that allow consumers to make the best possible choice about a product.
Consumers also play a part in the safe use of consumer products. You should:
- use products only for their intended purpose
- read and act on any warning labels
- report any product-related injury or unsafe product to the supplier and our Product Safety unit.
The Product Safety Australia website lists all mandatory safety and information standards.
- Aquatic toys
- Baby bath aids
- Baby dummies
- Baby walkers
- Balloon blowing kits
- Basketball rings and backboards
- Bean bags
- Bicycle helmets
- Blinds, curtains and window fittings
- Bunk beds
- Child restraints for motor vehicles
- Children's portable folding cots
- Children's toys
- Children's toys containing magnets
- Clothing and textiles
- Cosmetics and toiletries
- Disposable cigarette lighters
- Elastic luggage straps
- Exercise cycles
- Hot water bottles
- Household cots
- Lead and other elements in toys and finger paints
- Motor vehicle recovery straps
- Motorcycle helmets
- Moveable soccer goals
- Nightwear for children
- Portable aerosol fire extinguishers
- Portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers
- Portable ramps for motor vehicles
- Prams and strollers
- Projectile toys
- Reduced fire risk cigarettes
- Swimming and flotation aids
- Tobacco products
- Trolley jacks
- Vehicle jacks
- Vehicle support stands
For a copy of the Australian Standards for some of these products, go to Standards Australia.
Last reviewed 20/12/2011