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Media releases from the last 3 months

  • Date: 15th April 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging safe quad bike use ahead of the Easter long weekend. Sadly, there have been five quad bike related deaths this year, with 60 deaths reported between 2011 and 2013.
  • Date: 11th April 2014
    The ACCC has today become aware of a breach of personal data collected from some of its websites. The affected websites are Recalls Australia, Product Safety Australia, SCAMwatch and the ACCC Public Registers website.
  • Date: 10th April 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading product safety experts have inspected 346 show bags from eight suppliers to the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show, with no toys or novelty items failing tests.
  • Date: 2nd April 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is warning the public about potentially dangerous spas sold by Euromax Spas, Euromax Imports, www.euromaxspas.com.au, www.euromaxdirect.com.au, Urban Boutique Pty Ltd and its directors Gerasimos Lord and Nicholas Lord.
  • Date: 28th March 2014
    The Federal Government has moved to protect children from possible strangulation from corded blinds by strengthening standards for commercial installers.
  • Date: 28th March 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres is reminding all suppliers, retailers and purchasers of portable swimming pools that new mandatory safety standards come into effect on 30 March 2014.
  • Date: 28th March 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe has put online traders of electrical appliances on notice, reminding them of their obligations to supply goods that meet Australian safety standards.
  • Date: 27th March 2014
    The ACCC is reminding pool suppliers that the new mandatory safety standard for portable swimming pools commences on 30 March 2014.
  • Date: 24th March 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s regular market surveillance activities have prompted recalls of four pairs of jeans and one pillowslip for having unacceptable concentrations of certain ‘azo’ dyes containing unacceptable concentration of aromatic amines.
  • Date: 20th March 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a new publication that outlines best practice tips for online sellers and marketplaces.
  • Date: 18th March 2014
    ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading Brett Phillips is urging the community to check the model details of their Samsung washing machines after a recall of machines with certain models names and dates was issued by Samsung Electronics Australia last year due to a potential fire hazard.
  • Date: 17th March 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe today issued an urgent warning about Samsung washing machines that pose a serious risk to consumers.
  • Date: 8th March 2014
    Portable and inflatable swimming pools will need to come with mandatory safety warnings under new national safety standards to be introduced later this month.
  • Date: 3rd March 2014
    Inflatable pools will need to come with mandatory safety warnings under new national safety standards introduced this month.
  • Date: 28th February 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is reminding parents and carers about the risks of button batteries. Kidsafe Queensland is today launching its inaugural “Summer’s Day” to remember the children who die each year from unintentional, preventable injuries.
  • Date: 26th February 2014
    The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging parents to be aware of hidden dangers in common household items that can cause unintentional injury or death.
  • Date: 25th February 2014
    An investigation into the asbestos risk of ‘fire wallets’ sold by an eBay trader and at a stall at last year’s Royal Melbourne Show has found handling the items poses a negligible health risk.
  • Date: 21st February 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading will begin compliance checks on retailers of portable swimming pools across the state next week, in the lead up to new national safety laws coming into effect on 30 March.
  • Date: 13th February 2014
    Parents are warned to be on the lookout for household items that have the potential to be a safety hazard, and can even cause fatalities amongst small children.
  • Date: 11th February 2014
    The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is reminding Queenslanders about the dangers of blind and curtain cords after the tragic deaths of two New South Wales toddlers in the last fortnight.
  • Date: 3rd February 2014
    With Queensland in the midst of a hot summer, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning consumers about the dangers portable and inflatable pools pose to young children.

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