Consumer protection

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Consumers facing financial difficulties are urged to exercise caution when approached by budget and debt management companies that charge fees for their services. Complaints have been received by Consumer Protection from consumers who claim that they are charged fees for services, which were not delivered and some have signed contracts without realising that this would…

Read More Caution urged when engaging budget and debt management services

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Australians in dispute with their bank, insurance provider, super fund, or other financial firms have lodged 73,000 complaints with the financial sector’s new ombudsman and have been awarded $185 million in compensation, in the first 12 months of its operation. The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) is today celebrating 12 months since it opened its…

Read More $185 million in compensation awarded to consumers in AFCA’s first 12 months

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The surge in credit card fraud, identity fraud and scams is commonly achieved through mailbox theft.  Identity crime costs Australia upwards of $1.6 billion each year, with the majority (around $900m) lost by individuals through credit card fraud, identity theft and scams.  Mailboxes have become an easy target for thieves who find breaking into them…

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Australians could be at risk of injuries or even death from 6.6 million individual products currently under voluntary recall, with about half of these still likely to be found in people’s homes, new figures show. Figures show that each year the ACCC is notified of about 650 consumer product recalls, but only about half of…

Read More Over a million recalled products still in circulation in Australia

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Changes to the Australian Consumer Law will clarify prices for people shopping online. From 26 October 2019, businesses must include all charges in the advertised price of goods and services payable by a consumer. This includes charges for pre-selected options.  Currently, a business can advertise a low price; during the buying process, they may add extra…

Read More Businesses to display all charges up front

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Being around water is part of everyday Australian life, however drowning is one of the major causes of unintentional death for Australian children. In 2017/18, 18 Australian children aged 0-4 years drowned. The majority of these incidents occurred in backyard swimming pools. Pool and spa barriers can be effective in reducing the risk of drowning…

Read More Standard on safety barriers for swimming pools is open for public comment

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The Federal Government has directed the ACCC to immediately commence an inquiry into home loan pricing. The ACCC is to investigate a wide range of issues ranging from the rates paid by new vs existing customers, how the cost of financing for banks has affected bank decisions on interest rates, and why RBA cuts aren’t always…

Read More ACCC commences pricing transparency inquiry for home loans

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Consumer advocate CHOICE has welcomed draft laws to reform the mortgage broking industry by introducing a duty for brokers to act in their clients’ best interests but called for the government to remove loopholes that would harm consumers. CHOICE says that if done well, this reform will unleash greater price competition in the home loan…

Read More “Loud wake-up call for the problem-plagued mortgage broking industry”: CHOICE

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Consumers Federation of Australia provides consumer representatives to Standards Australia Technical Committees as part of the CFA Standards Project. An opportunity exists to represent consumers on a Standards Australia Technical Committee which will be revising the quality and performance of tampons in the current Australian standard.  Tampons are required to comply with Therapeutic Goods (Standards for Tampons) (TGO 103) Order 2019 before…

Read More Can you represent consumers on a Standards Australia Technical Committee on tampons?

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The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman seeks to appoint a director with consumer experience to its Board. The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman scheme (TIO) provides an independent dispute resolution service for telephone and internet complaints. The TIO scheme is managed by the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Limited which is a public company limited by guarantee, with an Ombudsman and…

Read More Representative opportunity: Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Board

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The Queensland Consumers Association (the ‘Association’) is disappointed with the Federal Government’s decision to merely extend the regulation that requires large supermarkets to provide the unit price for prepackaged grocery products until 1 October 2021, without making any changes. The current regulation, which has been in operation for 10 years, was due to expire on…

Read More Federal Govt’s decision on grocery price labelling disappoints consumers

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Scrutiny of add-on insurance products by consumers, regulators and government has increased recently, with a particular focus on the sale of consumer credit insurance (CCI). Insurers and third-party sellers have been criticised for offering poor-quality products, pressure selling and selling to consumers who were unaware they were consenting to purchase CCI. In light of these…

Read More Sale of consumer credit insurance by customer owned banking Code subscribers