Product safety

As a business owner, you are responsible for ensuring the products you sell comply with Australian product safety laws.

Product safety guide for business

To look up specific products, download:

Use this guide to help you recognise and avoid unsafe products. It includes:
  • photos of many products currently banned or subject to a mandatory standard
  • information on your obligations under national product safety laws.

You can also look up products on the Product Safety Australia website.

Information for businesses and legal practitioners

The Australian Consumer Law introduced national product safety laws on 1 January 2011. To learn more about these laws, download:

Banned products and mandatory standards

For information on products banned Australia-wide, and those that must comply with mandatory standards, visit the Product Safety Australia website.

Small, powerful magnets - permanent ban

A permanent, Australia-wide ban on small, high-powered magnets came into effect on 15 November 2012. This follows the interim ban on small, powerful magnets approved by the Victorian Minister for Consumer Affairs on 23 August 2012.

The permanent ban applies to magnets that:

  • are loose or separable 
  • are small enough to fit into the small parts cylinder used in the mandatory standard for toys for children up to and including 36 months of age
  • have a magnetic flux of 50 or more
  • are marketed by the supplier as, or supplied for use as any of the following:
  • a toy, game or puzzle (including but not limited to an adult desk toy, an educational toy or game, a toy, game or puzzle for mental stimulation or stress relief)
  • a construction or modelling kit
  • jewellery to be worn in or around the mouth or nose.

Such magnets can cause serious injury or death if swallowed or inhaled – for example, by a toddler or if used by a teenager or adult as a tongue or nose stud. The magnets can lock together through intestine walls and cause perforations and blockages.

Businesses must not sell these products and must remove them from sale, including online sales.

Examples of such products include those marketed as:

  • BuckyBalls
  • Buckycubes
  • Nanodots
  • Neocubes
  • Neodymium sphere magnets
  • Xcube.

For more information, view Magnets – small, high powered (Product Safety Australia website).

Product recalls

For a current list of recalled products, visit the Product Safety Recalls Australia website.

Last updated: 04/02/2017

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