Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is urging families to be on the lookout for unapproved electrical goods when shopping for Mother’s Day gifts.


Mr Anderson said that they might look like a bargain, but unapproved electrical goods such as hair straighteners, hair dryers and kitchen or bathroom appliances are a bad investment.


“Appliances that fail to meet Australia’s stringent standards may not merely prove to be highly unreliable. They can also be incredibly dangerous.


“Consumers are particularly vulnerable when shopping at markets or online, where counterfeit and unapproved goods were most likely to be found.


“Don’t scrimp on Mum by making price the sole consideration when buying electrical gifts.  Shop with reputable retailers and look for genuine trademarks and trade names to ensure you are getting what you paid for,” Mr Anderson said.


Mother’s Day shoppers should look out for the following and anyone offered unapproved or counterfeit electrical appliances should contact Fair Trading on 13 32 20.

  • a regulatory compliance mark (the tick in a triangle)
  • An Australian approval number on the nameplate (Australian approval numbers start with the first letter of the state followed by a number e.g. N or NSW 20123 for electrical products approved by NSW Fair Trading)
  • Normal operating voltage of 240 volts
  • Warranty cards or instructions.


“I also urge shoppers to brush up on their consumer rights in the lead up to Mother’s Day.


“Make sure you are aware of a store’s refund policy before you make your purchase and remember, signs that simply say ‘no refunds or exchanges’ are illegal under the Australian Consumer Law,” Mr Anderson concluded.


For more information and to check approval marks, go to:


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