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Supporting business through improvements to mandatory standards regulation under the Australian Consumer Law

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Consultation Paper

Key Documents

In June 2021, the Government announced that, in consultation with Consumer Ministers, it would look to develop amendments to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) to make it easier to recognise up‑to‑date trusted overseas product standards in Australia.

The ACL includes product safety provisions which regulate consumer goods and related services supplied in Australia to address safety risks and hazards. Actions to address safety risks and hazards include the introduction of mandatory safety and information standards, which set out specific requirements for consumer goods or related services.

A consultation regulation impact statement (RIS) has been developed to examine several options for ACL amendments to mandatory safety and information standards provisions to:

  • make it easier for the Commonwealth Minister to recognise overseas standards
  • more efficiently capture, or allow compliance with, updates to voluntary Australian and overseas standards recognised under Australian law.

Treasury is seeking feedback on the consultation RIS on the policy options being considered, and to determine the relative impact of those options including costs and benefits.

Treasury is undertaking this assessment and public consultation on behalf of the Commonwealth, states and territories in accordance with the process for making amendments to the ACL as outlined in the Intergovernmental Agreement for the ACL.


You can submit responses to this consultation up until 21 January 2022. Interested parties are invited to comment on this consultation.

While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.

Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.

View our submission guidelines for further information.

How To Respond



Address written submissions to:

Consumer Safety and Sustainability Unit
Market Conduct Division
Langton Cres
Parkes ACT 2600