Hoverboard safety standards

A new national mandatory safety standard for hoverboards was introduced this month on the back of a series of house fires across Australia directly linked to the devices.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission advised then Small Business Minister and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer following a lengthy investigation.

The new standard follows a safety warning notice and an interim ban placed on unsafe hoverboards earlier this year. It will be introduced under Australian Consumer Law and in force for two years as of 17 July.

“Consumers who already have self-balancing scooters should check to see if they have been recalled and should not charge or use them unless their supplier confirms that their hoverboard meets these safety requirements,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

For more information visit www.accc.gov.au

Nominations have opened for the 2016 VicHealth Awards.

The awards recognise Victoria’s most innovative and successful health promotion work.

Organisations from across the state are encouraged to enter – from high profile programs with a wide reach, to the most imaginative and effective health promotion ideas at a local level.

Nominations close at 5pm, Friday, 19 August and should be submitted online at www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/awards where the full entry criteria is outlined. Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at Federation Square on Thursday, 1 December.

Self-nominations are accepted, as are nominations for another organisation.

For more information about the 2016 VicHealth Awards visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/awards