Product safety standards

All products must be safe for their intended purpose. Some high-risk products cannot be sold unless they meet certain standards.

It is illegal to sell any product that doesn't meet a safety standard.

Safety standards are about:

  • how the product is made or processed
  • what it contains
  • how it works
  • what warnings or instructions must come with it.

The standards make sure products:

  • are safe for their intended use
  • help prevent injuries from unsafe goods.

Information safety standards

Consumers need clear and visible information to make an informed choice about what they buy. This information is usually via a label or warning.

Information standards regulate the type and amount of information provided to consumers about goods and services.

An information standard for goods and services can:

  • require particular information to be provided, or not
  • set the form or manner of this information
  • give a meaning to certain information.

Business responsibilities

Suppliers, manufacturers, importers, distributors, hirers and retailers selling goods and services within Australia must:

  • ensure goods and services they supply comply with relevant safety and information standards
  • be familiar with the standards relevant to those goods and services.

For a full list of existing safety and information standards visit Product Safety Australia

Updated: 27 May 2020