The legislation is part of The Australian Consumer Law which came into effect on 1 January 2011 and incorporates The Trade Practices Act.
Any corded window covering such as Vertical Blinds, Venetian Blinds, Holland Blinds, Roman Blinds and Curtains and any fitting containing cords, such as Curtain Rods and Tracks must comply.
If your window coverings have cords they must have:
- A Warning Label on each cord
- A Child Safety Device, and
- Installation and Child Safety Instructions
Failure to comply may expose you to severe penalties and may also be a breach of your duty of care to provide safe products in the home, which also exposes you to the risk of litigation which your insurance may not cover.
If your window coverings were installed before 1 July 2011 they may not comply and may also be in breach of your duty of care to provide safe products in the home, exposing you to the risk of litigation. If you think that your window furnishings do not comply, then contact Your Property Manager who can arrange for a specialist compliance inspection and retrofit of window coverings to make the home safe and put your mind at ease.