Review of the mandatory safety standard for basketball rings and backboards

Closed 25 Nov 2016

Opened 12 Oct 2016


The ACCC invites you to have your say on the issues and policy options in the consultation paper on the review of the mandatory safety standard for basketball rings and backboards. The issues in this paper have been briefly summarised below, please refer to the document for further details.

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

Alternatively, interested parties can email submissions to

Submissions can also be made via post to:

Standards & Policy
Consumer Product Safety Branch
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
GPO Box 3131

Submissions will 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 Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is reviewing the mandatory safety standard for basketball rings and backboards.

The purpose of this review is to assess whether the mandatory safety standard remains effective and whether there are more efficient ways of achieving the same level of safety.

Policy options

The ACCC is considering four policy options for dealing with the current mandatory safety standard:

Option 1 Keep the current mandatory safety standard (status quo)

Option 2 Exclude portable basketball systems

Option 3 Require safe installation instructions

Option 4 Revoke the mandatory safety standard

The ACCC is currently of the view that the greatest net benefit for consumers, suppliers and regulators is likely to come from combining Option 2 and Option 3. This would exclude portable basketball systems from the mandatory safety standard and require suppliers to provide safe installation instructions for traditional basketball rings and backboards.

Your submissions to this consultation will help us test our preliminary position and to recommend the most appropriate option to the Minister.


  • Anyone from any background


  • Product Safety