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Media releases from the last 3 months

  • Date: 3rd November 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox is today reminding families to be vigilant about children’s safety in and around portable pools, as we head into summer.
  • Date: 31st October 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims has updated Senators on a key area of work for the commission, whilst appearing before the Senate Economics committee estimates hearing.
  • Date: 31st October 2014
    State and Territory safety regulators have announced additional recalls of Infinity Cable.
  • Date: 30th October 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s annual report for 2013–14 shows the ACCC was involved in 53 proceedings relating to consumer protection enforcement, increased competition enforcement and sent strong deterrence messages by securing over $12 million in penalties and other remedies during the year.
  • Date: 30th October 2014
    Toys “R” Us Australia Pty Ltd (Toys R Us) has paid a penalty of $10,200 after the issue of an infringement notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in relation to the supply of ‘Nantucket 4-in-1’ household cots that did not comply with the mandatory safety standard.
  • Date: 28th October 2014
    Consumers need to be aware of the risks associated with ethanol burners following a concerning trend of serious burns incidents across Australia, Attorney­-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
  • Date: 24th October 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe announced a ban on the sale of certain models of area (outdoor) gas heaters due to non-compliance with the Australian Standard.
  • Date: 23rd October 2014
    Minister for Consumer Affairs Heidi Victoria today helped destroy hundreds of dangerous toys, putting safety first for families during National Children’s Week as the Christmas shopping period approaches.
  • Date: 22nd October 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today outlined activities aimed at ensuring safe products and accurate marketing claims in the cosmetic industry.
  • Date: 19th September 2014
    The Minister for Small Business, the Hon Bruce Billson, today announced important changes to the mandatory safety standard to increase protection for children travelling in motor vehicles.
  • Date: 17th September 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Woolworths Ltd (Woolworths) alleging that Woolworths made false or misleading representations about the safety of certain Woolworths products.
  • Date: 10th September 2014
    Product safety officers have thoroughly checked 310 showbags to ensure they meet safety standards ahead of the annual IGA Perth Royal Show, which starts on September 27.
  • Date: 5th September 2014
    The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is joining consumer protection agencies nationwide in September to promote the Don't be a tool initiative, which reminds men to take care when doing work around the house.
  • Date: 5th September 2014
    This Father’s Day, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is reminding dads that safety comes first when completing DIY projects around the home.
  • Date: 3rd September 2014
    NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is urging consumers not to use electric hot water bottles, also known as electric heat packs, that are being recalled after a South Australian woman suffered serious burns when one of these products ruptured.
  • Date: 3rd September 2014
    The State’s consumer watchdog is urging South Australians to take extra care when working around the house or on their cars.
  • Date: 2nd September 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Minister, Matthew Mason-Cox, today is urging do-it-yourself enthusiasts to proceed with caution when doing work around the home or under their vehicle this Father’s Day.
  • Date: 1st September 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe today issued a public warning about the safety of Australian RV Gooseneck 5th wheeler trailers and Hijacker Fifth Wheel Assembly Hitches due to non-compliance with Australian Design Rules.

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