Self-balancing scooters

This mandatory safety standard applies to self-balancing scooters.

About self-balancing scooters

A self-balancing scooter is a ride-on device that meets all of the following:

  • it has 1 or 2 wheels
  • it has no steering grips, seat or handlebars
  • it is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is rechargeable from the mains power supply.

Self-balancing scooters are also known as:

  • hoverboards
  • monoboards
  • gliders
  • smart boards
  • sky walkers
  • mod boards.

Mandatory standard

The Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2018 sets out the mandatory requirements for the supply of self-balancing scooters.

The mandatory standard was last reviewed and maintained on 29 June 2021.

Read more in the Explanatory Statement on the Federal Register of Legislation website.

Main requirements

A self-balancing scooter must comply with one of the following three options covering requirements for design, construction and performance:

  1. relevant sections of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and voluntary Australian/New Zealand standards
  2. relevant sections of the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. standard UL 2272
  3. the Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2016 (with variations).

Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance. Refer to the Consumer Goods (Self-balancing Scooters) Safety Standard 2018 for the full requirements.

Access to standards information

The mandatory standard is based on voluntary Australian and international standards. You can purchase a copy of these standards from any of the following websites:

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission can make a copy of these standards available for viewing at one of our offices, subject to licensing conditions.

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