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Media releases from the last 3 months

  • Date: 5th February 2016
    The Federal Court has today ordered Woolworths Limited (Woolworths) to pay total penalties of $3.057 million for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law relating to safety issues with house brand products sold in Woolworths supermarkets, Big W and Masters stores.
  • Date: 13th January 2016
    Acting NSW Fair Trading Commissioner John Tansey is warning NSW consumers and businesses about recalled products that pose a threat to public safety and encouraging people to check the ACCC recalls website at www.recalls.gov.au for information or to subscribe for email alerts.
  • Date: 6th January 2016
    Consumer Protection has expressed concern about the safety of hoverboards and the fire risks associated with some models.
  • Date: 24th December 2015
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will have limited operations during the Christmas and New Year period.
  • Date: 22nd December 2015
    Over two years since the recall of 144,000 Samsung washing machine was announced, 45 047 recalled Samsung washing machines have not been located in homes across Australia, posing a serious fire risk to the community.
  • Date: 22nd December 2015
    The ACCC's pre-Christmas safety check of nearly 3,300 toys in stores and online, has found seven potentially dangerous toys that fail mandatory safety requirements.
  • Date: 19th December 2015
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe and CHOICE are warning consumers of the potential dangers of mermaid tails, a water play product that binds a child’s legs and acts as a flipper so the child can swim like a mermaid.
  • Date: 18th December 2015
    To prevent quad bike accidents this summer, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning the community to be fully prepared, wear protective gear and ride safe.
  • Date: 16th December 2015
    Flashing decorations, jewellery, musical stockings and greeting cards are among the items that made it on to the naughty list during Consumer Protection’s annual pre-Christmas product safety inspections.
  • Date: 15th December 2015
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning suppliers and installers of degrading Infinity cables, including DIY homeowners, to take action before months of hot weather could cause the cables to become brittle and put lives at risk. Property owners are also being urged to take action to avoid serious risks.
  • Date: 14th December 2015
    In the lead up to the busiest festive time of the year, the Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging consumers to be mindful of what is lurking inside their decorations.
  • Date: 14th December 2015
    Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) product safety inspectors have finished their annual state-wide Christmas toy safety checks – keeping your children in safe hands this Christmas.
  • Date: 11th December 2015
    Hot on the heels of the publication of this year’s dangerous goods Christmas toys list, NSW Fair Trading has announced the successful prosecution of two retail outlets for selling non-compliant children’s toys resulting in costs and fines of more than $17,000.
  • Date: 10th December 2015
    The latest annual Royal Life Saving Society drowning report found swimming pool drowning deaths have increased in Western Australia. Consumer Protection WA joins the campaign to highlight strong summer safety messages that NEED to be heard by the community.
  • Date: 10th December 2015
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging consumers to choose safe products when shopping this Christmas. New and unfamiliar products are often introduced to the market at this time of year. Consumers may get caught in the Christmas rush and not take the time that they should to read instructions or warning labels.
  • Date: 10th December 2015
    Santa was on hand in Sydney’s west today as Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello announced a Christmas crackdown on the sale of dangerous toys.
  • Date: 8th December 2015
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Ozsale Pty Limited for allegedly selling children’s nightwear between July 2014 and October 2015 which did not comply with the mandatory Australian safety standard.
  • Date: 30th November 2015
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is urging families to be vigilant in the coming months about the dangers presented by pools, barbecues, gas cookers and inadequately maintained balconies and decks.
  • Date: 18th November 2015
    South Australians are being reminded of the importance of trampoline safety in the lead up to summer.
  • Date: 16th November 2015
    Queensland Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said trampolines used safely were a fun and entertaining way for the whole family to spend time together.

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