What the ACCC is doing about toppling furniture and TVs

In 2021 the ACCC announced that it would focus on ways to prevent injuries and deaths caused by toppling furniture. This may include possible regulatory and non-regulatory responses.


We have published a consultation paper to seek stakeholder views on proposed policy options to address the risks associated with toppling furniture. Find out more about how to contribute.

Policy options in our consultation paper do not include TVs because of existing regulatory requirements addressing stability, anchoring and safety information for these products.

In August 2021, we published an Issues Paper. We received 31 responses which informed the development of proposed policy options in the consultation paper.

Toppling furniture and televisions - issues paper ( PDF 714.93 KB )

Read the ACCC's product safety priorities for 2021.

Previous initiatives

Examples of previous ACCC initiatives to address the safety hazard.

National Strategy

The National Retail Association published the Best Practice Guide for Furniture and Television Tip-Over Prevention (Best Practice Guide) in 2016. Following publication of the NRA Guide, the National Toppling Furniture and Television Safety Strategy (the National Strategy) was launched on 3 April 2017 by the ACCC and state and territory consumer safety regulators.

See the Best Practice Guide

International campaign

In November 2017, the ACCC participated in an international awareness week for toppling furniture safety, led by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and jointly coordinated by the ACCC and Health Canada. The global campaign aimed to raise consumer awareness about the dangers of toppling furniture.

See the OECD’s campaign

Consumer awareness report

The ACCC commissioned research from Roy Morgan in April 2015 on consumer awareness of furniture stability risks and prevention. The research focused on the dangers of common furniture in homes with children under the age of 5.

Among other findings, the research showed that of parents who had experienced a dangerous toppling incident (27%), almost a quarter of those said the child was injured in the incident.

Read the Roy Morgan report

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