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National interim ban on ethanol burners now in place - News alert

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21 March 2017

On 16 March 2017, the Federal Minister for Small Business announced an interim ban on the supply of certain decorative alcohol-fuelled devices, also known as ethanol burners, throughout Australia.


The interim ban applies to devices designed for domestic use producing a flame using alcohol as fuel, mainly for decorative purpose. The ban applies to all tabletop devices and to certain freestanding devices that do not have specified safety features and warnings.

The national ban replaces various state bans, including a Victorian ban that expired at midnight on 20 March. 

The national ban remains in force for 60 days, and may be extended up to two 30-day periods, during which a decision will be made as to whether the ban will be reversed or made permanent. 

For more information, including about what types of ethanol burners are banned, visit the Decorative alcohol fuelled devices page on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Product Safety website

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