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The mandatory standard for internal blinds, curtains and window fittings (corded internal window coverings) was declared on 8 July 2010 and applies to relevant blinds, curtains and some fittings supplied after 30 December 2010. The mandatory standard for covering internal window coverings installation services was made on 28 March 2014. The regulation commences on 1 January 2015 - the new requirements do not apply until that date. This page includes information on hazards and how to comply with these national mandatory standards.

Australian homes often have blinds, curtains and other window coverings that are manipulated by cords or chains.

Corded internal window coverings are window coverings that can be used inside a building and are either:

  • window coverings, such as curtains or blinds with a cord, or
  • fittings used with a window covering, such as a traverse rod or track.

These include, but are not limited to: 

  • curtains
  • blinds
  • shades 
  • traverse rods 
  • tracks.

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Hazards

Strangulation

Children can become entangled in blind or curtain cords if they try to use, play with or play around window coverings. Even with raised coverings, children can climb onto window sills or furniture to access the cords. Cords or looped cords that become tangled around a child’s neck can very quickly cause strangulation.

Cords can also strangle infants sleeping or playing in cots placed near a window where cords are within reach, or hang into the cot.

Mandatory standard

For complete information about the mandatory requirements for corded internal window coverings, we strongly advise that you read Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard - Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010. This information is essential to ensure you and your business complies with the requirements of this mandatory standard.

For complete information about the mandatory requirements for corded internal window coverings installation services, we strongly advise you to read the Competition and Consumer (Corded Internal Window Coverings) Safety Standard 2014. The information in this standard is essential to ensure you and your business complies with the requirements of this mandatory standard from 1 January 2015.

Does this apply to your business?

Under the ACL supply includes:

  • 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 corded internal window coverings, including:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • distributors
  • retailers
  • hirers.

The mandatory standard applies to all corded internal window coverings supplied from 30 December 2010.

Complying with the mandatory standard

Corded internal window coverings have been associated with hundreds of deaths and many near strangulations. It is an offence to supply corded internal window coverings that do not comply with the requirements of this mandatory standard. For complete information about the mandatory requirements, we strongly recommend you read:

If you are unclear about how the requirements of the installation services apply to your business, please contact the ACCC as early as possible before the standard commences on 1 January 2015 for assistance.

Penalties and consequences

Supplying corded internal window coverings that do not meet requirements of mandatory standards can make you liable for product recalls and fines. For more details, view Penalties and consequences.

Alerts

Loose or looped cords near cots can accidentally strangle and kill small children. Babies have died from being strangled in blind, curtain and electrical cords they accessed in their cots. There are simple steps you can take when preparing baby's sleep area to make sure it's safe from these hazards.

Legal cases and undertakings

Date commenced: 17th September 2013
Bunnings Group Limited supplied Matchstick roman style indoor blinds (Matchstick Blinds) that did not comply with the relevant mandatory product safety standard.

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