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Review of the mandatory safety standards for portable fire extinguishers


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) invites you to have your say on the issues and policy options in the consultation paper on the review of the mandatory safety standards for portable fire extinguishers.


The ACCC prefers submissions to be provided via the ACCC consultation hub.


Alternatively, submissions can also be made via post to:



Standards & Policy

Consumer Product Safety Branch

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

GPO Box 3131



Submissions may be published on the ACCC website at the end of the consultation period.


Please note any information that you believe to be of a confidential nature should be clearly marked or identified as confidential. The ACCC will not disclose the confidential information to third parties, other than advisors or consultants engaged directly by the ACCC, without first providing you with notice of its intention to do so, such as where it is compelled to do so by law.


Why We Are Consulting


The ACCC is reviewing the mandatory safety standards for portable fire extinguishers.


The purpose of this review is to assess the ongoing efficacy of the standards in providing consumers with a minimum level of safety, in light of any technical, market and regulatory developments.


Policy options


The ACCC is considering three policy options:


Option 1 - Maintain the current mandatory standards (status quo)

Option 2 - Make a new mandatory standard for non-aerosol fire extinguishers and maintain the current mandatory standard for aerosol fire extinguishers

Option 3 - Revoke the mandatory standards


Your submission to this consultation will help recommend the most appropriate option to the Minister.