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Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA) congratulates all the volunteers who give generously of their time and expertise in representing consumers on a range of bodies and organisations including over 30 volunteer representatives participating on Standards Australia Technical Committees as part of the CFA Standards Project. This years’ theme Give a little. Change a lot. represents the millions of volunteers…

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The Federal Government has released, and is seeking submissions and comments on, a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) which examines options for national regulation of gift card expiry dates. Information about the RIS and the consultation process is available here: https://consult.treasury.gov.au/market-and-competition-policy-division/c2018-t282459/ The consultation period closes on 30 May 2018. The RIS focuses on expiry periods and exemptions and…

Read More Regulation of Gift Card Expiry Periods: Federal Consultation Underway

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Many Internet connected children’s products have weak security as well as invasive data collection and privacy features. There is currently no effective regulation of these products, and little consumer understanding of how they function or their faults. Read more on the Consumers International website here and the video Huggybug Your Family Today’: Don’t play around with children’s online…

Read More Don’t play around with children’s online safety

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The following is a guest post from Denise Boyd, winner of CFA’s inaugural prize for the most impressive piece of consumer advocacy or research presented during the Soapbox session at this year’s National Consumer Congress. If we think about memorable advertising slogans, and the campaigns behind them, what is it about them that made them effective? Dumb…

Read More Inaugural CFA Soapbox Prizewinner – Watch Your Nuts!

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Following the Treasurer’s response to the Open Banking Review, the ACCC welcomes the introduction of a general data right for all consumers and $20 million in the Federal Budget over the next four years to oversee its implementation. The consumer data right will enable customers to share their transaction, usage and product data with service competitors…

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Consumer group CHOICE welcomes the Federal Budget measures that will make superannuation insurance opt-in, auto-reunite people with lost accounts and ban exit fees. “Making insurance in super opt-in rather than opt-out for people who are at greatest risk of being fleeced will make a huge difference to the retirement savings of millions of Australians,” says CHOICE…

Read More Welcome Budget boost for Super

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Do you know any emerging leaders in your sector? Standards Australia are now accepting applications for the 2018/19 Young Leaders Program. The program provides in-depth training on developing standards and includes the opportunity to observe committees in action. It’s the perfect way to launch a standards career. “Being involved in the program gave me confidence to seek…

Read More Applications now open for Standards Australia Young Leaders Program 2018/19

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Keeping kids free from harm is the effect of standards for toy safety. ISO has just updated a toy safety standard to ensure it covers all bases. Made for play, children’s toys are rife with potential hidden hazards ranging from sharp edges to cords or small parts, to name a few. The humble plaything can cause great harm if not designed and manufactured…

Read More Playing safe with kids’ toys

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Trying to find the right size clothing can be like navigating the minefield that is our clothing size system in Australia. It usually requires taking three different sizes into the change room, or buying them online and returning the duds. The problem is that there is no official sizing system in Australia. The Australian Standard…

Read More Sizing woes a Standards issue