Small high powered magnets

The ban applies to separable or loose magnets that meet certain criteria.

About the ban

This ban applies to separable or loose magnets that meet all of the following criteria:

  • are small enough to fit into the small parts cylinder used in the mandatory standard for toys for children up to and including 36 months of age
  • have a magnetic flux of 50 or more
  • are marketed by the supplier as, or supplied for use as any of the following:
    • a toy, game or puzzle
    • a construction or modelling kit
    • jewellery to be worn in or around the mouth or nose.

Complying with the ban

Consumer Protection Notice No. 5 of 2012 sets out the requirements of this ban.


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.

Related resources

Ban on small, high powered magnets