Bans and mandatory standards
For information on products banned Australia-wide, and products that have mandatory safety standards, visit the Product Safety Australia website.
Products can be recalled from the marketplace if they are found to be unsafe.
Usually, the supplier voluntarily asks consumers to dispose of or return the product for a refund, replacement or modification.
For a list of recalled products, visit the Product Safety Recalls Australia website.
Takata airbag recall
The Australian Government has issued a compulsory recall for all vehicles with defective Takata airbags, following an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
This is the largest car-related recall in Australia, affecting two in every seven vehicles. There have been 23 deaths and 230 injuries worldwide linked to the airbags, including one death and one serious injury in Australia.
The ACCC is managing the Australian recall of Takata airbags and has more information, including:
- a full list of affected vehicles
- what drivers and suppliers should do
- vehicle manufacturer helplines and contact details.
For details, visit the Compulsory Takata airbag recall page on 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.
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 are 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:
- Neodymium sphere magnets
For more information, view the Magnets – small, high powered page on the Product Safety Australia website.
Business owners are responsible for ensuring the products they sell comply with Australian product safety laws.
Product safety guide for business
To look up specific products, download:
Product safety guide for business (text in English, Chinese and Vietnamese) (PDF, 6.5KB)
Product safety guide for business (Word, 2.8MB).
This guide can help businesses recognise and avoid unsafe products. It includes:
- photos of many products currently banned or subject to a mandatory standard
- information on 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:
Product safety: a guide for businesses and legal practitioners (RTF, 179KB).