Australian Consumer News Stories that have been prominent in the media this week include:
- The Herald Sun reports that Victorians in poorer suburbs and towns are being charged nearly $600 a year more for electricity than residents in wealthy areas.
- According to The Age, consumers are complaining that they cannot easily access free copies of their credit reports.
- In order to cash in on government education funding, unscrupulous training colleges are targeting people with disabilities and the homeless, says the ABC.
- According to The Age, companies such as Google and Amazon may pose some of the biggest threats to Australian insurers, as consumers increasingly trust technology behemoths to provide services such as insurance and finance.
- News.com.au reports that local mechanics could soon become extinct. Motorists may be forced to pay more for vehicle servicing after the car industry blocked independent repairers from getting access to complete maintenance data and specialist tools to fix modern cars.