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Australia has issued two instruments for certain toys. Projectile toys must comply with the new instrument from June 12, 2021 and aquatic toys must comply with the new requirements from June 12, 2022.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile ProductsNO. 095/20

 SG 09520 Aquatic Toy

In Australia, children’s toys are regulated by several mandatory safety standards. These mandatory safety standards, which address physical and mechanical properties, chemical properties and/or labeling requirements, include:

These mandatory safety standards reference certain toy safety standards for compliance with their requirements. 

On June 11, 2020, Australia registered two instruments to update two mandatory safety standards for specific toys. In effect since June 12, 2020, these new instruments are

Projectile Toys

Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020 mandates projectile toy compliance with specific clauses in one of four current toy standards:

  • AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2019 ‘Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties’
  • ASTM F963-17 ‘Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety’
  • EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018 ‘Safety of toys - Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties’
  • ISO 8124-1:2018 ‘Safety of toys - Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties’

Additionally, a warning statement (WARNING: Do not aim at eyes or face) is required on the instructions accompanying the toy, and on the packaging for projectile toys capable of launching a projectile more than 300 mm.

Until June 11, 2021, projectile toys must comply with either the Consumer Product Safety Standard for Children’s Projectile Toys (Consumer Notice No. 16 of 2010) or the new instrument.  From June 12, 2021, these toys must comply with the new instrument.

Aquatic Toys

Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020 mandates aquatic toys to comply with warning formatting requirements, and specific clauses in one of two existing toy standards:

  • AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2019 ‘Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties’
  • ISO 8124-1:2018 ‘Safety of toys - Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties’

Until June 11, 2022, aquatic toys can comply with either the Consumer Product Safety Standard for Flotation Toys and Aquatic Toys (Consumer Protection Notice No. 2 of 2009) or the new instrument. From June 12, 2022, these toys must comply with the new instrument.

Highlights of these two new instruments are summarized in Table 1. 

Scope New Instrument Existing Instrument Compliance Date
Projectile Toys Consumer Goods (Projectile Toys) Safety Standard 2020
Consumer Product Safety Standard for Children’s Projectile Toys (Consumer Notice No. 16 of 2010) on June 12, 2021
Until June 11, 2021:
New or existing instrument

From June 12, 2021:
New instrument
Aquatic Toys
Consumer Goods (Aquatic Toys) Safety Standard 2020
Consumer Product Safety Standard for Flotation Toys and Aquatic Toys (Consumer Protection Notice No. 2 of 2009) on June 12, 2022
Until June 11, 2022:
New or existing instrument

From June 12, 2022:
New instrument

Table 1

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