Bans can be placed on products and product-related services if there is a risk that they may cause serious injury, illness or death.
Under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), suppliers are responsible for selling consumer products that are safe and fit for purpose. Suppliers who fail to comply with product bans under the ACL may face enforcement action that attracts significant fines and pecuniary penalties.
Before you supply products to consumers in Australia, you should:
check whether any of the products that you supply are subject to a ban
if selling online, block any products which are banned in Australia, or non-compliant with Australian laws, from being shipped to Australia
implement product safety compliance systems as a priority for your business
stay up to date with product safety developments in Australia by subscribing to Product Safety Australia’s email alerts.
This ban applies to candle holders and decorations, which when subjected to flame or heat emanating from a candle, ignite and continue to flame for a period of five seconds or more after ignition. Risk: fire hazard.
This ban applies to toys, childcare articles, eating vessels and utensils intended for children up to and including 36 months of age that they can readily chew and/or suck. Items containing more than 1 per cent by weight of diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) are banned. Risk: reproductive toxicity for children.