The mandatory standard for these products came into effect on 1 July 1985 and was last amended 25 August 2005. It covers lens categories, construction and labelling requirements.
Under the mandatory standard, sunglasses and fashion spectacles are darkened or polarised glasses worn over the eyes. Sunglasses provide varying levels of protection from the harmful effects of the sun, whereas fashion spectacles may not. Unlike prescription glasses, sunglasses and fashion spectacles do not magnify or reduce the size of a viewed image. Sunglasses and fashion spectacles include:
The mandatory standard for sunglasses and fashion spectacles is based on Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067:2003 Sunglasses and fashion spectacles. AS/NZS 1067:2003 is a voluntary standard except for those sections specifically called into the mandatory standard, which then become law. You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.
in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase and
in relation to services - provide, grant of confer.
This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying sunglasses and fashion spectacles, including:
To allow for staggered implementation, there are some cases where a mandatory standard or ban prescribes different compliance dates for the manufacturing, importing and supply of a product. Manufacturers, importers and distributors should check for this detail in the mandatory standard before embarking on production, importation or distribution of these goods.
Suppliers can face heavy fines and recalls of non-compliant products if they trade in sunglasses and fashion spectacles that fail to meet requirements of the mandatory standard. For more details, view Penalties and consequences.
The requirements noted below are key requirements only. They may help to give suppliers a general idea of the detail they must look up in the mandatory standard. This information may also assist consumers when they are choosing sunglasses and fashion spectacles.
While we provide some advice on this page to help you understand aspects of the standard you can visually check, suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.
The mandatory standard specifies marking and labelling requirements as well as testing procedures to ensure sunglasses and fashion spectacles meet specific performance, construction and labelling requirements. Suppliers need to organise this testing through specialist laboratories with the right skills, experience and equipment.
A five-category classification method identifies sunglasses and fashion spectacles by their performance in certain conditions and suitability for use. Under AS/NZS 1067:2003, sunglasses and fashion spectacles are classified as one of the following:
Lens category 0: Fashion spectacles These are not sunglasses, as they have a very low ability to reduce sun glare. They provide limited UV protection.
Lens category 1: Fashion spectacles Like category 0 lenses, these are not sunglasses; however, they do provide limited sun glare reduction and UV protection. Fashion spectacles with category 1 lenses are not suitable for driving at night.
Lens category 2: Sunglasses These sunglasses provide a medium level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection.
Lens category 3: Sunglasses Similar to category 2, these sunglasses provide a good level of UV protection. Lens category 3 glasses also provide a high level of sun glare reduction.
Lens category 4: Sunglasses These are special purpose sunglasses that provide a very high level of sun glare reduction and good UV protection. Lens category 4 sunglasses must not be used when driving at any time.
In addition to the five category classifications above, the mandatory standard also covers the following:
Photochromic lenses Also known as variable tint lenses, photochromic lenses may not be suitable for night driving, depending on their transmittance properties (i.e. their ability to reduce sun glare and level of UV protection).
Non-conforming lenses Non-conforming lenses have the ability to alter a person’s colour recognition, and in particular the detection of traffic light colours. In some cases these lenses must not be used when driving.
Exposing your eyes to very high levels of sunlight can cause serious and sometimes irreversible damage. Some sunglasses can also impair your vision in other ways. Protecting your eyes from the harsh Australian sun could be as easy as choosing the right pair of sunglasses.
Pacific Magazines Pty Ltd, the publisher of Marie Claire, a women’s fashion magazine, has given court enforceable undertakings under section 87B of the Trade Practices Act 1974 to the ACCC in relation to the supply of fashion sunglasses which failed to comply with the prescribed mandatory standard based on AS/NZS 1067:2003 Sunglasses and fashion spectacles.