Media releases

2 May 2019

WA: Ethanol burner ban reminder following serious incident in Perth

A decorative alcohol-fuelled (ethanol) burner exploded in a suburban backyard in Perth’s southern suburbs at the weekend, prompting a reminder to consumers that certain table-top models have been b

6 Sep 2018

Vic: Safety inspectors give showbags the thumbs up

Product safety experts have examined 341 showbags set for the Royal Melbourne Show and removed dangerous items to ensure there are no nasty surprises for show-goers.

11 Apr 2018

Thermomix ordered to pay penalties of more than $4.6 million

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered Thermomix In Australia Pty Ltd (Thermomix) to pay penalties totalling $4,608,500 for making false or misleading representations and misleading the public in relation to its Thermomix kitchen appliances.

15 Mar 2018

ACCC targets quad bike, button battery and furniture safety

Chairman Rod Sims today announced the ACCC’s product safety priorities for 2018 at the National Consumer Congress in Sydney, and reaffirmed support for a general safety provision to be introduced in Australia law to reduce the risk of unsafe goods entering the market.

7 Nov 2017

Anchor furniture to stop deaths and injuries

The ACCC is co-leading an international safety campaign urging parents and carers to anchor unstable furniture and large TVs to the wall to prevent infant deaths and serious injuries.

10 Jul 2017

Safety standard for ethanol burners

A new safety standard for decorative alcohol-fuelled devices, also known as ethanol burners, will ensure consumers’ safety, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

12 Apr 2017

NSW: Anchor furniture to keep our kids safe

Today, NSW Fair Trading and other consumer affairs agencies across the country are launching a campaign to ensure parents and carers know how to protect their children and prevent a serious accident from toppling furniture and TVs.

5 Jan 2017

Vic: Warning about the use of inflatable air loungers in water

Consumer Affairs Victoria is warning consumers against using inflatable air loungers in water following reports of near drownings.
4 Jan 2017

NSW: Warning about the use of inflatable air loungers in water

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers against using inflatable air loungers in water following reports of near drownings.
24 Dec 2016

Tas: Ban on portable decorative ethanol burners

An interim ban on portable decorative ethanol burners has been enacted in Tasmania.