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Regardless of how many properties SWA have; they can always find time to discuss anything involving smoke alarms and safety switches. If you are serious about managing or owning an investment property the only company to call is SWA.

Wise Realty
- Anthony Wright







Scope of the Industry Laws

"duty of care, sound risk management and best practice, all blinds and curtains in rented properties should be inspected and any defects reported to the landlord for fixing"



Corded Window Furnishings Compliance


Who is affected?

Australian businesses involved in the supply of window coverings [importers, distributors, retailers, and installers], consumers and government are affected. In the context of blind and curtain installations, consumers are any person or business that owns, rents or leases a residential or commercial property.


"Although the Regulations only apply to corded curtains and blinds installed after 1st July, 2011, effectively the intent of the regulations applies to all existing corded curtains and blinds as well, by virtue of Section 185 of the RTRA Act ,…….. the onus on Owners and Agents to ensure their rental property is safe and fit to live in".


DON'T RISK LIVES: Insurance policies don't cover you for negligence

Insurance policies do vary, however most have an exclusion clause that means that the insurance company may not have to pay out where the Owner breaks the law or has been advised that there is an issue and elects not to act to rectify the issue or harm.   The question of legal liability aside, who would willing want to risk the life of a child and subsequent knowledge that a death or tragedy could have been avoided if prior action was taken by simply addressing the issue. 


Contact Safety Watch Australia on 3890 7286 or email to discuss this added service to assist with your Risk Management today.

A few facts to consider.... 


Australian homes often feature blinds, curtains and other window coverings that have cords and using the cords, a person can raise, lower, open, or close the blinds or curtains.


Blind and curtain cords can present a strangulation hazard to children, as they may become entangled in them while trying to use, play with or play around window coverings.   Even with raised coverings , children can climb onto window sills or furniture and access the cords. Cords can also strangle infants sleeping or playing in cots placed near windows where cords are within reach or hanging into cots.


In recent years, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission ("ACCC") recognised the  major hazard of risk of strangulation of young children with loop cord systems.  As a result, Mandatory Standards known as The Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard - Corded Internal Window Coverings) Regulations 2010 ("The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards") now regulate the design, construction, installation and labelling of corded window furnishings.


From 1 July 2011 all premises (residential and commercial) which are leased/rented by their owners  must comply with The Trade Practices Mandatory Safety Standards in relation to any corded window covering including (but not limited to) Vertical, Venetian, Holland and Roman Blinds, and Curtains (including pencil pleat "ready mades" and pencil pleat tape) and any fitting containing cords, such as Curtain Rods and Tracks.









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