A permanent ban on sky lanterns was declared on 1 February 2011. This page includes information on hazards and how to comply with the ban.
Sky lanterns are miniature, unmanned hot air balloons that rely on an open flame to heat the air inside the lantern, causing it to lift into the atmosphere. These sky lanterns pose a risk of starting an uncontrolled fire because of the possibility of open flame contacting combustible material, particularly in bushfire-prone areas.
Sky lanterns pose a risk of starting an uncontrolled fire if the open flame contacts combustible material, particularly in bushfire-prone areas.
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 ban applies to anyone in the business of supplying sky lanterns, including:
To allow for staggered implementation, there are some cases where a mandatory ban or standard prescribes different compliance dates for the manufacturing, importing and supply of a product. Manufacturers, importers and distributors should check for this detail in the ban before embarking on production, importation or distribution of these goods.