Aquatic toys

The ACCC is reviewing the mandatory safety standards for toys including aquatic toys and is seeking stakeholder feedback.

The review runs from 1 February 2017 to 31 March 2017. To contribute, please visit the review page on the ACCC consultation hub.

A complete list of mandatory standards currently under review is available on the product safety consultation page.

This mandatory standard applies to a range of flotation and aquatic toys.

About aquatic toys

This mandatory standard  applies to flotation and aquatic toys that are:

  • designed or clearly intended for children up to 14 years of age, and
  • intended to support a child’s weight in water, whether or not the toys are:
    • inflatable
    • worn
    • otherwise attached to their body.

Flotation and aquatic toys can include but are not limited to:

  • inflatable novelty shapes
  • inflatable toy boats for shallow water
  • unattached rings—complete or partial.

The mandatory standard excludes:

  • beach balls
  • surfboards
  • body/boogie boards
  • inflatable air beds
  • inflatable boats for deep water.
  • kickboards.

The mandatory standard also prescribes requirements for the labelling of aquatic toys.

Mandatory standard

Consumer protection notice no. 2 of 2009 sets out the requirements for flotation and aquatic toys.

The mandatory standard is based on certain sections of the voluntary Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2002 ‘Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties’. AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2002 is available from SAI Global.

You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.

Key requirements

These requirements aim to give suppliers a general idea of what is required by the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.

Labelling

Aquatic toys must be permanently marked with the following warning notice:

WARNING
AQUATIC TOY
USE ONLY UNDER SUPERVISION

The words of the warning must be:

  • in block capitals
  • not less than 6 mm in height
  • in a colour contrasting with the background.

Permanent means the warning should remain legible and attached to the product for the life of the product.

Contrasting means the colour of the warning label must not blend into the background.

Related resources

Aquatic toys - Supplier guide

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