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Media releases from the last 3 months

  • 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.
  • Date: 27th August 2014
    Non-compliant electrical cable has been recalled nation-wide due to the risk of possible electric shock and fire.
  • Date: 27th August 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, has welcomed the national recall of Infinity-branded electrical cables, commonly used for household and commercial electrical wiring.
  • Date: 27th August 2014
    18 electrical retailers and wholesalers have today recalled Infinity cables after they failed electrical safety standards due to poor quality plastic insulation coating.
  • Date: 27th August 2014
    The Abbott Government welcomes the constructive work of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the regulatory taskforce in reaching an agreement on the recall of electrical cable produced by Infinity Cables Co Pty Ltd.
  • Date: 27th August 2014
    Canberrans who had electrical work done in their homes between 2010 and 2013 should heed safety messages following a recall by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission of electrical cable known as 'Infinity' cable, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
  • Date: 27th August 2014
    Western Australian home and business owners are being urged to contact their builders or electrical contractors to determine the brand of electrical cabling installed in homes or business premises following a national safety recall of Infinity brand cables which don’t comply with Australian safety standards.
  • Date: 27th August 2014
    The offices of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading, WorkSafe Tasmania and Building Control have been actively engaged in a national taskforce of consumer protection, electrical and building safety regulators to coordinate a product safety recall of Infinity electrical cable.
  • Date: 25th August 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Minister, Matthew Mason-Cox, today launched a multicultural education program to assist traders understand their rights and obligations under Australian Consumer Law when selling toys in discount stores.
  • Date: 13th August 2014
    Inspections of more than 1,000 show bag toys and novelty items have yielded just five non-compliant items, a decrease from previous years.
  • Date: 6th August 2014
    Two online traders have separately paid infringement notices and provided court enforceable undertakings to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission after admitting that they supplied household cots that did not comply with the mandatory safety standard.
  • Date: 5th August 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox today is urging consumers to check their USB chargers following a national voluntary product recall of USB chargers previously sold by Officeworks.
  • Date: 5th August 2014
    NSW Fair Trading has joined forces with Kidsafe NSW to raise awareness of the danger posed by blind cords, with the distribution of 10,000 blind cord safety device kits underway.
  • Date: 1st August 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alerting suppliers of children’s products to potential changes to three product safety standards (mandatory standards) for cots, prams and strollers and bunk beds.
  • Date: 28th July 2014
    The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is warning Queenslanders to be vigilant with their use of wheat bags and heat packs through not only the final month of winter, but all year round.
  • Date: 23rd July 2014
    The ACCC has inspected show bags ahead of tomorrow’s opening of Royal Darwin Show to ensure products meet safety requirements under the Australian Consumer Law
  • Date: 23rd July 2014
    New South Wales Minister for Fair Trading Matthew Mason-Cox today warned residents to be vigilant with wheat bags and heat packs following two related fire incidents last week.

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