Yo-yo water balls or other similar liquid-filled novelties are banned from supply in Australia.
About the ban
Under the ban, a yo-yo water ball (and similar products) is a toy:
- intended to be thrown and returned to the hand
- with an elasticised cord capable of extending at least 500 mm in length and usually with a:
- loop on one end to wear around the finger
- a soft synthetic object on the other.
- be filled with air, or a liquid (e.g. water, toluene – a toxic oily solvent)
- contain a novelty feature, such as a flashing light
- resemble the form of a cartoon animal.
The ban does not apply to the following goods:
- outdoor and sporting toys, e.g. a ball which is used to practice tennis whose elastic tension cord is intended to be anchored
- a bat with a ball attached by an elastic cord
- goods known as the 'Yo-Be Sling Disc'.
Complying with the ban
Consumer Protection Notice No. 20 of 2011 sets out the requirements of this ban.