Candles with lead wicks

Candles with wicks containing more than 0.06 per cent lead are banned in Australia.

About the ban

Candles with wicks that contain more than 0.06 per cent of lead and candle wicks that contain more than 0.06 per cent of lead are prohibited from supply in Australia.

Complying with the ban

Consumer Protection Notice No. 7 of 2002 sets out the requirements of this ban.

Enforcement

Failure to supply compliant products can result in the ACCC taking action, culminating in:

  • infringement notices of $10 200 for companies and $2040 for individuals
  • court enforceable undertakings
  • disqualification from being a company director
  • court action with penalties up to $1.1m for companies or $220 000 for individuals
  • recall of product.

See: Penalties & consequences.