Product safety in Australia is governed by the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) which comes under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The ACL was introduced in 2011 as a harmonised system of national regulations. This operates with the provision for local state and territory interim bans, where necessary.
In this section you will find information about legislation, product liability, penalties and consequences, and Commonwealth legal cases relating to product safety. There is also information on the changes to product safety in Australia.
This section outlines the enforcement tools available to government consumer protection agencies when unsafe and non-compliant products are supplied.
It also includes the results of enforcement actions by government agencies involving products that breach safety bans and mandatory standards.
This section outlines the rights consumers have under the Australian Consumer Law if a product they bought is unsafe, and the obligations Australian traders have to comply with laws on consumer guarantees.