Fire footbags & other such goods

Fire footbags and similar items are banned in Australia.

About the ban

The ban applies to balls manufactured from fire resistant material, designed to be doused in flammable liquid and ignited, and intended to be used for the purpose of amusement by kicking or throwing.

The ban does not apply where such goods are supplied for use by professional entertainers or for theatrical use and where the purchaser is able to demonstrate such qualifications or intended use.

Complying with the ban

Consumer Protection Notice No. 4 of 2010 sets out the requirements of this ban.

Enforcement

Failure to supply compliant products can result in the ACCC taking action, culminating in:

  • infringement notices of $10 200 for companies and $2040 for individuals
  • court enforceable undertakings
  • disqualification from being a company director
  • court action with penalties up to $1.1m for companies or $220 000 for individuals
  • recall of product.

See: Penalties & consequences.

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