CHOICE is calling on the government to introduce tighter product safety laws, following an alarming number of infant deaths linked to inclined sleepers in the US. CHOICE experts say that based on research conducted in the US, inclined sleepers are so dangerous for young babies that they should be completely avoided. Two inclined sleeping products…Read More Inclined sleepers: A tragedy waiting to happen in our homes
Australians are buying more and more gadgets and devices. Our homes and workplaces seem to be filled with smart phones, drones, Fitbits, internet- connected fridges, air-conditioners that turn off when people leave the room: anything that makes our lives more convenient. Behind the scenes, of course, is a growing pile of discarded, broken devices. The…Read More US and EU laws show Australia’s Right to Repair moment is well overdue
Casual and part-time workers, people out of work and people in ‘hazardous’ jobs often face the activities of daily living (ADL) test if they make a total and permanent disability claim. This effectively makes the TPD insurance in their super junk. More than 12 million Australians have total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance through their…Read More Are you paying for junk insurance in your super?
The Australian Summer is an iconic part of the Aussie lifestyle but did you know that some of our favourite summer pastimes include a range of standards designed to keep us safe? They affect everything from the fans keeping you cool to your coolest pair of sunnies, read more here. Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA) regularly seeks…Read More Summer, standards and how they relate to you
Today the Government passed the first omnibus bill in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, which consumer advocates say will help address long-standing problems with unfair insurance contracts, funeral expenses policies and mortgage broking. The Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response—Protecting Consumers (2019 Measures) Act 2019 will address recommendations 4.7, 1.2 and 4.2…Read More Consumer advocates welcome Act implementing three key Banking Royal Commission recommendations
Age discrimination can creep up on you. Ageism is stereotyping, discrimination or mistreatment based solely upon age. It comes from negative attitudes and beliefs about what it means to be older. Ageism is pervasive and can have profound negative consequences on older adults’ health and wellbeing. We need to act now to improve the lives…Read More Tackling ageism through Standards
About 3.56 million defective Takata airbags have now been replaced as part of the compulsory recall, but more than seven percent remain outstanding and the ACCC is urging consumers not to ignore or delay responding to recall notices. Figures released on Friday show about 3.56 million airbags in 2.59 million vehicles were rectified as at…Read More More than 250,000 vehicles with defective Takata airbags remaining for replacement
Previous Executive Director of Consumers’ Federation Australia Jenni Mack was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours for her service to consumer advocacy. CFA is thrilled by the fantastic recognition of Jenni’s long-running contribution to consumer advocacy and the welfare of Australians. Jenni was Executive Director of the…Read More Previous CFA Executive Director Jenni Mack awarded a Member of the Order of Australia
The recent ABC article titled How safe are GPS trackers for children – and what should I know before buying one? raises concerns about the ethics of technological surveillance and asks, ‘are we being sucked in by their convenience?’ When we digitise information or upload it to the internet, we run the risk of having that information…Read More Who is protecting your information on the internet?
ACCC Media Release 3/20: Honda and Mitsubishi have commenced voluntary recalls for vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 2000 due to a serious safety concern relating to faulty airbags. These vehicles may have been fitted with potentially deadly Takata NADI 5-AT airbags. There is a risk these airbags may misdeploy in an accident and cause metal…Read More Honda and Mitsubishi recall 42,000 cars due to serious airbag safety risk
Battery waste is a growing problem in Australia; in 2014 it was estimated that Australia was generating 17,500 tonnes of waste in batteries, or 700 million batteries based on an equivalent battery unit. 97% of all batteries were being inappropriately disposed of in landfill and impacting on the environment. It is proposed that an industry-led…Read More Proposed battery recycling scheme to combat waste
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has approved amendments to the Credit Reporting Code 2014 that will benefit consumers. The changes follow an application by the Australian Retail Credit Association (ARCA) and consultation with consumer groups, industry and regulators. Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said that amendments to the Code…Read More Credit reporting changes to benefit consumers