Businesses invited to be in-the-know on product safety

5 Nov 2010

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is inviting businesses to hear first-hand what the product safety system changes under the Australian Consumer Law mean.

"The free seminar is an excellent way for all businesses in the supply chain, large or small, to get direct information on exactly what product safety changes are coming up and how these changes will impact their business," ACCC deputy chairman Peter Kell said.

"The ACL reforms are aimed at providing Australia with a modern, flexible and responsive national framework for consumer protection.

"It's critical that businesses are aware of their responsibilities and the support available to them during this time of change," he said.

The free seminar will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Sydney on 12 November at 7.30 a.m., with a live webinar. A video recording will be available for those unable to attend the breakfast in person.

At the seminar, Mr Kell will discuss the product safety provisions of the ACL and related reforms, focussing particularly on mandatory reporting, and the recall guidelines.

Changes to the product safety system will mean:

harmonised product bans and standards across Australia—leading to a much simpler regulatory environment
earlier identification of hazards through the introduction of a new requirement for suppliers to report incidents where a product has been associated with a serious injury, illness or death, and
improved recall effectiveness.
The ACCC has also recently issued new recalls guidelines for suppliers which Mr Kell will discuss.
Spaces are limited and businesses can register for the seminar or live webinar via The recording will be available later from the same site.

Participants can also join the conversation on twitter and ask questions by tweeting to @ProductSafetyAU and using #prodsafe in their tweets during and after the seminar.

Contact details

Media inquiries

Ms Lin Enright, Media, (02) 6243 1108 or 0414 613 520

Release # NR 237/10

General inquiries

Infocentre: 1300 302 502

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission