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Safety Standards for Exercise Equipment Reviewed and Maintained

Product safety standards for exercise bikes and treadmills have been maintained to ensure the safety of users, Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack says. "As Minister responsible for Consumer Affairs, one of my highest priorities is for Australian consumers’ safety," Mr McCormack said. "Australians should feel confident when they purchase a good, the item will operate [...]

By | October 21st, 2017|Standards|0 Comments

Access to Australian Standards

Free onsite and offsite access to Australian standards online, is being made available via membership of the National Library of Australia and the State Library of your domicile. Check the status with the library for more details. Access is provided for users' private research or study purposes only and not for users' business, commercial or [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Standards|0 Comments

World Standards Day 2017 – Standards Make Cities Smarter

We take this opportunity to thank all the Consumers Federation of Australia Standards representatives for their hard work and achievements on the Standards Australia Technical Committees and international standards committees. World Standards Day promotes the role of standards in meeting the needs of consumers, industry, business and government. This year’s theme is “Standards make cities [...]

By | October 6th, 2017|Standards|0 Comments

Changes to Standards on Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas – Public Comment

Standards Australia is seeking comments on the draft changes to the Australian Standard AS 3959 Construction of buildings in bushfire prone areas. Consumers Federation of Australia has a representative on the Standards Australia Technical Committee, which has been reviewing the standard over the past three years following the the Victorian Royal Commission. The review is also [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|Standards|0 Comments

Plugs and Sockets Standard Gets an Update

When you plug your phone charger in to a wall socket, how do you know that it will fit? A new edition of the standard for plugs and sockets used in Australia and New Zealand, AS/NZS 3112, Approval and test specification - Plugs and socket – outlets, has been published. Read more here. Standards are [...]

By | September 8th, 2017|Standards|0 Comments

Federal Government Taking Submissions in Fight Against Modern Slavery – Standards

Millions of people around the world today are subjected to modern slavery practices, such as servitude and forced labour. Australian businesses and consumers are benefiting from modern slavery in supply chains, including through access to cheaper labour and services. These are grave violations of human rights  with devastating impacts which have no place in our [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|Standards|0 Comments

Dr Gill Asks: Why Isn’t Electricity Priced as Clearly as Petrol?

The following is a piece by Dr Martin Gill, a CFA representative on a number of Standards Australia Technical Committees.  Petrol pricing hides a complex global market. Consider the numerous steps in supplying petrol: Crude oil is traded on a wholesale market with prices affected by global events Highly risky searches are undertaken for new [...]

By | August 9th, 2017|Standards|0 Comments

International Standards for Climate Change Adaptation – Opinion Piece

The following is an opinion piece by John Henry, who represents CFA on Standards Australia committee EV-015 Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Accounting, the national mirror committee to ISO/TC 207/SC 7. The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has Climate Change Adaptation on its radar thanks to the sub-committee on Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Related Activities (ISO/TC [...]

By | July 20th, 2017|Standards|0 Comments

CAV to Take Daiso to Court over Product Safety Breaches

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) has begun civil proceedings against Origo & Co Pty Ltd (ACN: 140 019 656) - previously Daiso (Australia) Pty Ltd - in the Federal Court of Australia, for alleged contraventions of product safety provisions and other protections under the Australian Consumer Law. CAV will allege that between 2011 and 2016, the [...]

By | July 14th, 2017|Everyday Consumer, Product Safety, Standards|0 Comments

New Safety Standard for Ethanol Burners

A new safety standard for decorative alcohol-fuelled devices, also known as ethanol burners, will ensure consumers’ safety, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says. “I'm worried about the harm these products can cause consumers, which is why I've made a safety standard which particularly targets table-top devices which pose the greatest risk,” Mr McCormack said. Mr [...]

By | July 14th, 2017|Everyday Consumer, Standards|0 Comments

Nanotechnology in Plain Language – An International Standard

CFA have participated in the development of an international standard designed for people who may not be researchers or manufacturers of products using nanotechnology, but who none-the-less need to be familiar with the terms and definitions used in the field. CFA representative Elaine Attwood attended the recent interim meeting of ISO TC 229 Nanotechnologies JWG1 held [...]

By | July 13th, 2017|Standards|0 Comments

Tips for Winter Product Safety

Winter is here and Consumers’ Federation of Australia representatives have contributed to standards that ensure the safety of products we use in winter. The standards are developed via the Standards Australia Technical Committee process. ACCC Top tips for winter product safety are: Never use boiling water to fill your hot water bottle and replace it [...]

By | June 23rd, 2017|Product Safety, Standards|0 Comments