Media releases

15 Nov 2012

VIC: Update: Permanent ban on small, high powered magnets - News alert

A permanent, Australia-wide ban on small, high-powered magnets has come into effect today (15 November 2012).
14 Nov 2012

VIC: Permanent ban on small, high powered magnets - News alert

The Federal Government has announced a permanent ban on small, high-powered magnets used in certain novelty items marketed to adults.
12 Nov 2012

Small, high powered magnets banned

Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury announces permanent ban on small, high powered magnets.
30 Oct 2012

VIC: Warning on TV and furniture tip-over hazards

Consumer Affairs Victoria is reminding Victorians to check their household furniture for stability and safety, after a five-year-old boy died when a television set fell on him at his Western Australian home.
26 Oct 2012

QLD: Warning on furniture tumble risks

The Office of Fair Trading has renewed its warning about the risks of unstable furniture and appliances following the tragic death of a child in Western Australia earlier this week (23 October).
19 Oct 2012

VIC: Ban extended on small powerful magnets - News alert

The Victorian Minister for Consumer Affairs, Michael O’Brien, has extended for 30 days a ban on small magnets used in certain novelty items marketed to adults.
18 Oct 2012

QLD: Safety campaign aims to halt rise in burns to children

Each week in Queensland a child suffers serious burns from hair straighteners. That’s the stark reality behind the Office of Fair Trading’s latest safety campaign, Straight off, straight out of reach.
16 Oct 2012

NSW: Urgent safety recall of novelty lighters

NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts has alerted the public to an urgent safety recall of novelty cigarette lighters that pose a risk to young children.
29 Aug 2012

ACT: Ban on small high powered magnets

ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading, Brett Phillips, has today announced that certain adult magnetic products that are unsafe for children will be banned from sale in the ACT.
23 Aug 2012

VIC: Small high powered magnets immediately banned

Small magnetic novelty items that can cause grave health risks if swallowed are now banned in Victoria, Minister for Consumer Affairs Michael O’Brien announced today.