Button battery laws for button batteries and products sold into Australia

safety standards for button batteries and products containing button batteries were made mandatory across Australia on 22 June 2022.

The mandatory standards require more secure battery compartments on products being sold such as toys and other common household items. Button batteries sold separately must also have child-resistant packaging and label warnings with emergency advice.

The laws improve the safety of battery products in the market place but there are also important steps for households to keep children safe.

A video featuring child safety experts from SA Health and Kidsafe SA and product safety regulators has been released to raise business and community awareness of the dangers of button batteries and the Australian laws and penalties introduced to help protect young children.