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The ACCC has issued updates to the safety standards of projectile toys and aquatic toys. 

The standards are in place to continue protect children from serious injury, hazards and in some extreme cases, death. 

The new standards for projectile toys outline key requirements around: 

  • minimum size measurements of a projectile to avoid choking
  • clear warnings so that projectiles are not aimed at the eyes or face, and
  • the toy’s discharge mechanism must be designed so that it cannot launch an improvised projectile in a hazardous manner.

"The updated consumer standard improves on existing consumer protections and is a timely reminder that parents and carers should only purchase safe, approved products that meet the requirements of the mandatory standard," ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said.

"Under the Australian Consumer Law all suppliers must comply with the mandatory standard to protect children from injury or risk fines and penalties," she continued. 

The new standard provides a transitional period of 12 months beginning on the day it commences (11 June).

During the transitional period, suppliers must meet the requirements of either:

  • Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020, or
  • Consumer Protection Notice No. 16 of 2010 (Consumer Product Safety Standard for Children’s Projectile Toys).

After the transitional period, suppliers must meet the requirements of the Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020.

Aquatic toys' standards have also been updated and outlines key requirements surrounding: 

  • Design and construction: Inflatable aquatic toys must meet prescribed design and construction requirements set out in the mandatory standard and, 
  • Warning requirements: Aquatic toys must carry a warning in accordance with the mandatory standard.
    The words of the warning must be:
  • in English
  • clearly legible
  • clearly visible
  • indelible and, 
  • advertising copy or graphics shall not state or imply that a child will be safe if left unsupervised with an aquatic toy.

The aquatic toys updated mandatory standard also includes a transition period to assist with the changeover to the new mandatory standard.

Up to 12 June 2022, suppliers have the option to comply with the requirements from either the: 

  • Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020 or
  • Consumer Protection Notice No. 2 of 2009 (Consumer Product Safety Standard for Flotation Toys and Aquatic Toys).

From 13 June 2022, suppliers must only comply with the requirements in the Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020.

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