Consultations and Review

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The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is consulting on a bold new strategy, launched today for consultation, to improve outcomes for consumers experiencing vulnerability and help them stay engaged with the rapidly transforming energy market. This is a media release from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). It was originally published on 20th December, 2021. Latest energy debt figures show a 56% increase…

Read More Financial issues ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ in supporting energy consumers, prompting new tactics from the AER

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Victoria is leading a national consultation on behalf of all Australian Health Ministers on the use of the title surgeon by medical practitioners under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law).  This is a duplication of contact from the Department of Health. It was received on 13th December, 2021. Health ministers are concerned that the regulatory framework…

Read More Medical practitioners’ use of the title surgeon under the National Law

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The Morrison Government is consulting on ways to strengthen the consumer guarantee and supplier indemnification provisions under the Australian Consumer Law. This is a media release from The Hon Michael Sukkar MP. It was originally published on 14th December, 2021. The consultation paper released today includes options for civil prohibitions and penalties for suppliers that fail to provide…

Read More Strengthening protections for consumers and small businesses

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The Treasury has released the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS): Supporting business through improvements to mandatory standards regulation under the Australian Consumer Law. The CRIS considers options to improve the regulatory framework for mandatory standards under the Australian Consumer Law with a focus on minimising compliance costs for business while maintaining consumer protections. Treasury is seeking feedback on…

Read More Supporting business through improvements to mandatory standards regulation under Australia Consumer Law – Feedback invited

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The Australian Government is seeking to align regulation across the aged care, disability support and veterans’ care sector. The 2021-22 Budget encompasses a range of measures including short to long term program reforms. To progress this work, the Cross Agency Taskforce on Regulatory Alignment is now inviting input from a range of stakeholders, including consumers,…

Read More Aligning regulation across aged care, disability support & veteran’s care

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Businesses and individuals are being invited to have their say on how technology can be used to streamline the way statutory declarations and deeds are executed. Consultation will provide insights on how statutory declarations and deeds are used in the everyday transactions of Australians and inform advice to Treasurers and Attorneys General on a common…

Read More Consultation to modernise document execution across the Federation

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Arranging a funeral can be an emotional process, sometimes with added time pressures if the death of a loved one was unexpected.  Funerals involve significant expenditure. It is an infrequent purchase, often during a stressful and emotional time. The decision-making ability of consumers is often considerably impacted by their vulnerable state, time constraints and cultural…

Read More Queensland Government funeral price transparency consultation now open

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After a review into the safety of inclined infant sleeping products, the ACCC is now seeking views on how best to respond to these potentially deadly products. Infants can suffocate when sleeping in so-called ‘infant inclined products’, such as bouncers, rockers, swings, loungers, bassinet-type products, wedges, recliners and sleep accessories due to the incline, curvature…

Read More ACCC seeks feedback on safety of potentially deadly inclined sleeping products for infants

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South Australians are being encouraged to comment on the effectiveness of the state’s existing anti-ticket scalping laws. Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Soulio said the laws, which came into effect in December 2018, were being reviewed to see whether any improvements could be made. “Under these laws, it’s illegal to re-sell tickets to sporting or…

Read More Public Survey on SA’s anti-ticket scalping laws

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The federal government is seeking comments on an exposure draft of a new grocery unit pricing code to replace the current code which sunsets on 1 October 2021. The exposure draft, explanatory information, and the outcomes of the review that started in late 2018, are available here. The closing date for comments is Monday 14…

Read More Draft new federal grocery unit pricing legislation released for comment

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Attorneys-General from each Australian jurisdiction have taken a leading role in pursuing reforms to enduring document arrangements. A mandatory national registration scheme for enduring powers of attorney relating to financial matters has been proposed as one way to reduce the financial abuse of older Australians.  Attorneys-General from each Australian jurisdiction have agreed to consult on…

Read More Public consultation for a National Register of Enduring Powers of Attorney

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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