The Australian Energy Regulator says it is cracking down on the illegal importation of electrical appliances in the country, amid a sharp rise in cases and a warning from the Prime Minister that Australians need to take care.
The regulator says it has issued more than 500 warnings to businesses and other entities about importing the devices in the last three months, and it has identified at least 10 incidents that it believes were likely connected to the importation.
“We have issued more warnings to enterprises, businesses, businesses in relation to the illegal export of electrical equipment,” Mr Hunt told reporters in Canberra.
The regulator has issued 500 warnings in relation a number of incidents, including that of a South Australian couple who sold their house for $20,000 and the purchase of a new mobile home in Victoria. “
The enforcement agencies have done their best to catch and prosecute the offenders and the organisations involved in the illegal exporting of electrical devices.”
The regulator has issued 500 warnings in relation a number of incidents, including that of a South Australian couple who sold their house for $20,000 and the purchase of a new mobile home in Victoria.
It has also warned a number people about importing devices and appliances, including a Chinese couple who bought an electric washing machine in Adelaide for $5,000.
Mr Hunt said the regulator would not allow the import of equipment that was not properly authorised or approved by the Australian Government, and that it would take action if it found that the equipment was not of the appropriate standard.
“It is the responsibility of businesses to ensure that they comply with all Australian safety standards, and we’re taking enforcement action where appropriate to ensure compliance,” he said.
“Businesses that do not comply with the laws will be held accountable.” “
Mr Hunt announced on Tuesday that the Government was introducing legislation to allow for importation and sale of the devices. “
Businesses that do not comply with the laws will be held accountable.”
Mr Hunt announced on Tuesday that the Government was introducing legislation to allow for importation and sale of the devices.
The Government says the legislation will make it easier for businesses to avoid detection by the regulatory body.
“Our new bill will ensure that people and businesses can import and sell electrical appliances without having to seek approval from the Australian Energy Commission or the Energy Security Council,” the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Skills, Stephen Conroy, said in a statement.
“By introducing the new importation regime, the Government is making sure that Australians have the freedom to do the right thing, regardless of their national jurisdiction.”
The Victorian couple selling the washing machine and mobile home were fined $543 each for their illegal export, and the Chinese couple purchased a washing machine for $6,000 in Adelaide.
Mr Conroy said the Government would look to other countries to help enforce the law.
“As an industry, we are in constant touch with our export partners in China to ensure we comply with our obligations and regulations,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“There are other countries where we can actually export, but we have to follow our own laws.”
The Australian Federal Police and other agencies are also investigating the importations of a number products including electronic tools, electrical devices, medical equipment, computer equipment and industrial equipment.
Mr Hunter said it was the Government’s intention to “reform” the Australian supply of electrical products and “implement the best practices” in order to minimise the risk of importation, but he conceded that many Australians were not aware of how to avoid the problem.