Media releases

6 Jan 2014

NSW: Pool safety warning from fair trading

Acting Fair Trading Commissioner John Tansey today issued a warning to consumers about the dangers presented by inflatable and portable pools.

22 Nov 2013

ACCC warns of portable pool dangers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning about the potential hazards of portable pools after recent statistics showed a high risk of drowning for children under the age of five.
5 Nov 2013

QLD: Staying safe this summer

Time to get out those swimmers, summer is almost here. With the hot weather already upon us the Queensland Office of Fair Trading is reminding you to stay safe this summer.
2 Oct 2013

VIC: A timely reminder to check your pool fence

As daylight savings signals the warmer weather, Consumer Affairs Victoria is reminding landlords and tenants to check, fix and maintain their home pools to help prevent children drowning this summer.
15 May 2013

SA: Warning over dangerous scuba diving vest

SA Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau has issued a formal safety warning over a scuba diving buoyancy vest.
5 Jan 2013

New safety standard for portable pools

New warning labels will be required on portable pools from March 2014 under a new mandatory safety standard, said Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury.
21 Dec 2012

ACCC announces recalls of unsafe ladders

The ACCC has negotiated recalls with two suppliers of multipurpose ladders in Australia after testing found the ladders failed to perform as they claimed.

19 Oct 2012

NSW: Keep children safe around inflatable pools

New South Wales, Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts today issued a safety warning to parents and carers about the importance of supervising young children at all times around inflatable pools.
25 Jan 2011

A toy story not to be repeated

Consumer Affairs Victoria is reminding Victorians that pool toys and other floatation devices are not a substitute for proper safety devices in the water.
23 Nov 2010

Play it safe in the water

As more Victorians take to the water in the lead up to Water Safety Week, Consumer Affairs Victoria is reminding people to use floatation devices and water toys safely. This reminder is timely as mandatory product bans and safety standards are harmonised nationally.