May 29, 2020

Energy Storage World Forum

The Association’s Code of Practice promotes consistent and fair trading practices in the interests of the public, battery retailers and Members. Drafting of the initial edition of the Code included input from the Trade Practices Commission (now ACCC). 

The Code mandates as a minimum that battery performance claims be in accordance with AS2149–Starter batteries-Lead acid, enabling both the public and battery retailers to have a consistent basis for comparison of battery performance for all batteries supplied by Members.

The Code also mandates honesty in respect to country of origin claims on battery labels and advertising materials, specifically prohibiting the use of Australian maps or symbols (such as boomerang, kangaroo and the like) on battery labelling for batteries not made in Australia.

The Code requires that all warranties offered by Members comply fully with the requirements of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

With automotive starter batteries historically categorised as Dangerous Goods (the liquid in automotive batteries is a weak acid and therefore classified as corrosive for the purposes of transport), the Association’s Code requires that all Members take the necessary steps to comply with the Dangerous Goods Transport obligations that apply to automotive batteries.