Information standards

Information standards regulate the type and amount of information provided to consumers about goods and services. These standards also dictate the way this information is presented on product packaging and labels.

Businesses selling goods and services in Australia must ensure the goods/services they supply comply with the relevant information standards.

Failing to comply with information standards is against the law.

The maximum penalty for each offence is $500,000 for an individual.

Body corporates can be charged whichever is greater:

  • $10 million, or
  • three times the value of the benefit received, or
  • 10 per cent of annual turnover in the preceding year (if the Court cannot determine the benefit obtained from the offence).

See an example

A retailer sold imported dresses that were not properly labelled with instructions for washing, dry-cleaning and ironing. The retailer was fined because the labels did not contain all instructions required by the information standard.

Mandatory information standards in Australia

Australian Consumer Law includes mandatory information standards for:

Australian governments can also regulate consumer goods or product-related services through mandatory safety standards. Go to the product and service safety page for more information.

Additional mandatory information standards in NSW

Under the Fair Trading Act 1987, information standards can be made for goods and services that only apply in NSW.

These are in addition to any standards under Australian Consumer Law. A maximum penalty of 50 penalty units applies for non-compliance.

Current NSW-only information standards include:

Have a problem?

  1. Contact the business in the first instance and explain the problem. We have tips and sample letters to help you take the first step.
  2. If you’re unable to resolve the matter with the business, you can contact us for advice on 13 32 20, or make a complaint online.

Further information

Who enforces Australian Consumer Law?

The following agencies enforce provisions relating to consumer goods and services:

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is responsible for financial products and services.

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