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Involved in any building works? The National Construction Code (NCC) sets out the minimum requirements and provides uniform technical standards for design and construction of new building work (including in existing buildings), plumbing and drainage across all Australian States and Territories. A FREE copy of the NCC is available here. NCC Volume 2 contains the requirements for residential and non-habitable…

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The Full Federal Court has upheld an appeal by the ACCC and declared that Quantum Housing Group Pty Ltd engaged in an unconscionable system of conduct in its dealings with investors regarding the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. This is an ACCC media release, originally published on 22nd March,…

Read More Full Federal Court ruling provides vital clarification of the law on statutory unconscionable conduct

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The ACCC will this year focus on implementation of important safety standards relating to quad bikes including preparing consumers and businesses for a mandatory requirement for operator protection devices as it is introduced in October, ACCC Chair Rod Sims said today. This is an ACCC media release, originally published on 22nd March, 2021. Mr Sims, speaking at…

Read More Quad bikes and button batteries among ACCC’s 2021 product safety priorities

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The ACCC is seeking submissions from consumers and industry participants about choice screens, which give users a choice of internet search services on mobiles and tablets, rather than a pre-selected search service, and about the supply of web browsers in Australia. This is an ACCC media release, originally published on 11th March, 2021. The submissions to…

Read More Feedback sought on choice and competition in internet search and web browsers

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Car manufacturers have successfully recalled 99.9 per cent of the more than 3 million vehicles affected by deadly Takata airbags which are subject to a compulsory recall. This is an ACCC media release, originally published on the 5th March, 2021. “We’re pleased to have such a high completion rate in what has been the biggest vehicle recall…

Read More Car manufacturers complete 99.9 per cent of Takata airbag recall

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The Morrison Government is delivering on its commitment to improve the safety of button batteries with the introduction of new mandatory safety and information standards to help protect Australian children. This is a media release by the Hon Michael Sukkar MP In Australia three children have died from injuries sustained as a result of swallowing…

Read More Mandatory improvement to button battery safety to save lives

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Mobile consumers received much better value over 2019-20, as reported in the ACCC’s just released annual Communications Market Report. This is an ACCC Media Release The report also shows that communications networks successfully met the significant challenges posed by COVID-19 in 2020 and details significant trends and market developments in fixed broadband and mobile markets. Mobile…

Read More Consumers benefit from reduced prices in a year affected by COVID

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Insurers have paid out $500 million less in hospital and extras benefits in 2019-20 compared to the previous year, the latest ACCC annual report into the private health insurance industry has found. This is an ACCC Media Release. The reduced benefit payout was the result of government-imposed restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited non-urgent…

Read More Health funds pay policyholders $500 million less due to COVID-19

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New figures released today show COVID-19-related consumer reports make up the majority of the 109,446 complaints the ACCC received in the first ten months of this year. This is an ACCC Media Release. The impact of COVID-19 on consumers and fair trading report reveals the pandemic’s impact on travel resulted in 24,210 complaints to the ACCC,…

Read More Travel problems top list of COVID-19-related reports

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Four of Australia’s largest e-commerce businesses have confirmed their commitment to protecting consumers from unsafe goods online after signing on to a new product safety pledge. The following is a media release by the ACCC. The Australian Product Safety Pledge launched today, is a voluntary initiative that commits its signatories to a range of safety related responsibilities…

Read More E-commerce businesses pledge to strengthen product safety online

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The Australian Communication Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has welcomed announced measures from the ACCC to improve the affordability of entry-level nbn plan, and to ensure that consumers are better compensated for missed nbn appointments. “The issue of affordable broadband has never been more real for the millions of Australians who have turned to online services…

Read More ACCC’s effort to improve broadband affordability and consumer compensation commended

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published information written in English and 16 other languages to help grocery shoppers get better value for money. The information is in a 2 page Fact Sheet “Saving Money Buying Groceries – How Unit Pricing Helps”. The 16 other languages are: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Dinka, German,…

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