Review of the mandatory safety standards for portable fire extinguishers

Closed 18 Oct 2019

Opened 20 Sep 2019


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 your views matter

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. 


  • Anyone from any background


  • Product Safety