Sky lanterns

Sky lanterns are banned from supply in Australia.

About the ban

The ban applies to all sky lanterns. Sky lanterns are miniature, unmanned hot air balloons that rely on an open flame to heat the air inside the lantern, causing it to lift into the atmosphere.

Complying with this ban

Consumer Protection Notice No. 17 of 2011 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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