News

30 Sep 2016

Online retailers put on notice as ACCC thwarts danger to babies

The consumer product safety watchdog is ensuring Australian babies and children remain safe from injuries caused by unsafe products and clothing. Recent Federal Court decisions have put all traders on notice that the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is committed and vigorous in conducting its escalating surveillance campaigns.
30 Aug 2016

Court orders penalties of $500,000 for online retailer Ozsale’s non-compliant children's nightwear

The Federal Court has ordered Ozsale Pty Ltd (Ozsale) pay penalties totalling $500,000 for supplying children’s nightwear which did not comply with the Australian mandatory safety standard.

29 Jun 2016

WA: Smiggle recalls yo-yos to protect children

Stationery and toy retailer Smiggle has removed a button battery-powered yo-yo from stores in WA, and across Australia, to protect children from injury or death.

23 Jun 2016

ACCC warns of dangers of loose blind and curtain cords

Tragically, between one and two children die in Australian homes every year as a result of non-compliant corded blinds and curtains. Similar deaths occur regularly across the world and the ACCC is joining international regulators to warn of the hidden dangers associated with corded blinds and curtains.
22 Jun 2016

Online Dealz and its director Janet Lucas to pay $120,000 in penalties for selling unsafe baby cots and strollers

The Federal Court has ordered Online Dealz Pty Ltd (Online Dealz) to pay a penalty of $100,000 for supplying a household cot, portable cot and stroller that did not comply with safety standards, and for making misleading representations in advertisements for the household cot and portable cot, in proceedings brought by the ACCC.
14 Jun 2016

NSW: Fines for Dangerous Toys Not Child's Play

Christmas will come early for importers and wholesalers of children’s toys, with NSW Fair Trading embarking on an early compliance blitz on dangerous products in coming weeks.

17 May 2016

WA: Campaign to ensure safety of second-hand cots

About 50 West Australian children are taken to hospital with cot-related injuries each year, prompting a new campaign to educate parents about the safety of second-hand cots.
13 May 2016

QLD: Dissolving dangers - wash with care and keep pods out of reach

Each year, increasing numbers of children eat or inhale the contents of brightly coloured packets of laundry detergent, mistaking them for lollies or teething toys.
30 Mar 2016

VIC: Defects and refunds among top consumer questions

Victorians have contacted Consumer Affairs Victoria more than 175,000 times in six months.

6 Jan 2016

WA: Concern over hoverboard safety and fire risks

Consumer Protection has expressed concern about the safety of hoverboards and the fire risks associated with some models.