Sellers using Marketplace must ensure they are fully aware of the safety standards and regulations that apply to goods they intend to sell to consumers. It is the seller’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of and comply with all safety standards and regulations across all jurisdictions. As a national selling platform sellers must ensure they are aware of regulations that may apply to their goods at all levels including federal, state and local laws There are a number of government agencies that are involved in the safety and regulation of consumer products. Sellers must ensure they are aware of their regulatory obligations at all times.
There are a number of government departments that have regulations that apply to goods. Sellers need to be familiar with the regulations that apply to the goods they supply and ensure they maintain their knowledge ongoing by regularly reviewing the applicable regulations.
Who regulates what?
Different government agencies are responsible for monitoring and regulating the safety of different types of products.
Regulators of general consumer products
Product safety regulation in Australia for general consumer products is a shared responsibility between the ACCC and the states and territories.
• Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) – Consumer goods regulated products
• Australian Capital Territory Fair Trading - Department of Justice and Community Safety, Office of Regulatory Services
• Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
• Consumer Affairs Victoria- Department of Justice
• New South Wales Fair Trading
• Queensland Fair Trading
• South Australia Consumer and Business Services
• Tasmania Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading - Department of Justice
• Western Australia Consumer Protection - Department of Commerce