When looking at a property with an existing balcony or deck, deterioration or substandard work may not be easily spotted. If you rent or about to buy a property, be aware the property owners may not even know how or when it was constructed. Unsafe balconies and decks are a hazard and can place...
09 Jul 2015
All new products should be washed thoroughly before use to avoid any allergic reactions. New clothing and materials may contain allergens and toxic chemicals either as part of their manufacture or through cross contamination through shipping and transport. Ch emicals can be found in plastic water...
Product safety for consumers
08 Jul 2015
All Australians could have their say on country of origin food labelling in an online survey to help design the Australian Government’s new labelling system. Status: Closed: Closing date Friday 3rd July 2015 Background The Australian Government wants to deliver a more direct system for food...
Consultations and reports
30 Jun 2015
Servicing requirements of pre-1980 gas appliances A prohibition order was gazetted in July 2013 banning the sale, hire or use of pre-1980 Natural Gas appliances to the coastal supply area as shown on the ERA website . The prohibition order means that it is an offence to offer for sale, hire,...
14 Apr 2015
Businesses and employers should always conduct a thorough licence check before engaging workers. When selecting a person to do work that requires a High Risk Work Licence, businesses and employers must consider their duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 by: satisfying yourself...
High risk work licence
26 Mar 2015
Helpful information about what are the safety considerations when buying or using a portable pool? Don't duck out. Make it safe. A guide for portable pool buyers In Australia, on average one child...
14 Nov 2018
A job safety analysis (JSA) is a written procedure developed to review work steps and their associated hazards in order to put in place correct solutions to eliminate or minimise the risk of those...
19 Feb 2015
Safety in and around a rental property is the responsibility of both the landlord and tenant. Landlord’s responsibility Landlords must ensure the rental premises are safe to live in. Under common law, a landlord has a duty of care to tenants as well as anyone the tenant invites into the property...
Security, safety, maintenance and entry rights
08 Jan 2015
Blind and curtain cords or chains are a significant risk to children, as unsecured cords can lead to strangulation. There are simple steps you can take when installing blinds or curtains and preparing a child's sleep area to make sure it's safe from these hazards. When you buy Choose blinds and...
18 Dec 2014
It's always exciting to grab a bargain at a sale, but it is a good idea to follow some simple rules so you don't end up wasting your money. Budget and spend sensibly Impulse buying can leave you out of pocket and stuck with unwanted goods. Stop and consider if you really need it. Shop around As a...
Your consumer rights
17 Dec 2014