From 2020-07-01, the mandatory minimum consumer guarantees specified in the ACL (and also financial services) will apply to goods and services costing up to $100k. Presently the upper limit is $40k. Goods must be fit for purpose (which includes safety as well as function) and of reasonable quality. Professional services must be provided with skill and proper care. Minimum guarantees provided in law cannot be excluded in contracts. While there are certain exclusions for some business transformation type transactions, a business can be classed as a “consumer” also.
The Commonwealth Treasury (Treasury) is undertaking this assessment and public consultation on behalf of the Commonwealth, states and territories. This Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) provides an overview of the current product safety system, explains identified problems and outlines some potential reform options for feedback, including options for a GSP.
See the link to obtain the document.
Researchers have discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail, challenging a long-held belief in the field. The study presents new ways to boost battery performance and brings research a step closer to incorporating lithium anodes into rechargeable batteries.
Cerebras Systems unveils the industry’s first trillion transistor chip
The Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine, the largest chip ever built, transforms the artificial intelligence landscape with unprecedented compute density.
400,000 cores, and 18 GB on chip, low power, super fast data, optimized for AI.
Measuring human exposure to 5G:
“IEC TC 106 is playing a key role with the recent publication of a new IEC Technical Report on evaluating human exposure to radio frequency fields in the vicinity of base stations…
IEC 62232 provides methods for determining the radio-frequency field strength near radio-communication base stations with the intention of evaluating human exposure. It takes into account the mmWave frequencies to be used for 5G networks.”
The new EESS website now stands alone to support regulatory activities across multiple states. The safety of household electrical equipment in Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania is regulated using the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), which now has a new online presence at: http://www.EESS.gov.au.
EESS.gov.au removes functions previously found on the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) website and presents them with enhanced and improved layout and structure, based on feedback from industry.
TGA is proposing to treat software as a medical device in its own right. Presently it’s only regulated as part of another medical device used to treat patients if it could cause harm to patients. The new reforms would treat the software as a medical device directly if it’s used by medical practitioners to diagnose patient conditions (different levels for critical outcomes diagnosis or just screening). The new proposed regulations are based on
International Medical Devices Regulators Forum (IMDRF) guidelines.
See the following Source for further details.
Communications Alliance has published two draft standards for public comment on their web site, which now incorporate the principles of the new hazards-based standard: AS/NZS 62368.1:2018 (IEC 62368-1 2nd ed [MOD]). There is also an explanatory background paper. Public commenting closes on 24 May 2019. The standards are:
DR AS/CA S008:2019 Requirements for customer cabling products, and
DR AS/CA S009:2019 Installation requirements for customer cabling (Wiring rules)
Background Paper: DR S008 & DR S009 public comment background paper
The drafts are available for download from Communications Alliance at the following web address:
Draft: DR S008_2019 (1,025 KB)
Draft: DR S009_2019 (2,442 KB)
ITU toolkit in the use and implementation of the WHO-ITU H.870 Global standard on safe listening devices and systems.