The mandatory standard covers design and labelling requirements for child and adult pedal bicycles.

Lacerations and limb entrapment

Children can suffer lacerations and limb entrapment if the bicycle is not fitted with a chain guard.

Mandatory standard

This mandatory standard is based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1927:1998.

Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1927:1998 is a voluntary standard except for those sections specifically called up by the mandatory standard. You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.   

For complete information about all mandatory requirements for pedal bicycles, we strongly advise that you read Consumer Protection Notice No. 6 of 2004.

Key requirements

The listed 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.

Adult pedal bicycles design requirements

These requirements apply to fully and partially assembled bicycles. Partially assembled bicycles must be fully assembled prior to testing.

The requirements cover:

  • sharp edges
  • fasteners
  • projections
  • control cables
  • ground clearance
  • toe clearance
  • wheels
  • protective guards
  • drive chains
  • pedals
  • steering systems
  • seat pillar
  • braking systems
  • reflectors
  • warning device
  • lighting equipment (where fitted).

Child pedal bicycles design requirements

A child’s bicycle is one with a wheelbase between 640 mm and 765 mm. The mandatory standard requires a child’s bicycle to have:

  • no fewer than two braking systems
  • one system with a back pedal brake.

Safety markings


Informative labelling is required where bicycle components need to be either adjusted or attached and adjusted.


Bicycles must have permanent and legible markings covering the:

  • name and address in Australia of the manufacturer, importer or other supplier
  • identification number of the bicycle.


Bicycles must come with use and maintenance instructions. For bicycles that are partially assembled, simple, clear and adequate instructions for completing the assembly are also required.

Related resources

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