Product information standards can be imposed by the responsible Commonwealth minister. An information standard for goods or services can:
- require particular information to be provided
- set the form or manner of this information
- give a meaning to certain information.
These requirements can relate to matters such as design, performance, contents, necessary testing, instructions or safety warnings.
Mandatory information standards apply to:
- care labelling for clothing and textile products
- ingredient labelling of cosmetics and toiletries
- tobacco labelling.
Supplying goods and services that do not comply with an information standard is an offence.