Toys containing beads

This ban applies to inflatable toys, novelties and furniture, which can be inflated by the mouth, and that have loose beads or small particles inside the product that may be inhaled during inflation or deflation.

Risks: inhalation, choking and suffocation hazard leading to illness or death.

About the ban

Inflatable toys, novelties or furniture which can be inflated by the mouth and which contain small beads or pellets of material that may be inhaled during inflation or deflation, cannot be supplied in Australia. 

Polystyrene beads are an example of the type of bead that, if contained in an inflatable toy, novelty or furniture, would make that item the subject of this ban. Examples of products that would be captured by the ban include:

  • inflatable toy hammers
  • balls
  • children’s chairs
  • plastic lounges and footstools.

Complying with the ban

Consumer Protection Notice No. 13 of 2011 sets out the requirements of this ban.


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

  • infringement notices
  • court enforceable undertakings
  • disqualification from being a company director
  • court action with penalties
  • recall of product.

See: Fines and penalties