Consumer protection

The following is a Media Release from The Hon Michael Sukkar MP: Assistant Minister to the Treasurer The Turnbull Government has today introduced a Bill into Parliament containing reforms to improve outcomes for Australian consumers across a range of areas. Schedule 1 of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 3) Bill 2018 amends the Australia Consumer Law…

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Consumer Action Law Centre has published part 2 of its submission to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Finance Sector. The submission draws on the experience of the Centre assisting Victorians through legal advice and representation, and financial counselling. The submission identifies various drivers of misconduct or conduct falling below community standards and expectations,…

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A Queensland Office of Fair Trading (QOFT) investigation has seen a Gold Coast business enter into an enforceable undertaking for alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Between 1 July 2015 and 31 October 2017, Imagine That Photography Pty Ltd, a mobile photography business trading from major shopping centres around Australia, entered into agreements…

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Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) regulators have released guidance on the application of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) to the fundraising and other activities of charities, not-for-profits and fundraisers. Download A Guide to the Australian Consumer Law – For fundraising and other activities of charities, not-for-profits and fundraisers (pdf, 366.4 KB) CAANZ comprises senior…

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Many of us will buy and receive gift cards this festive season and the Queensland Consumers Association advises buyers to check that the terms and conditions are fair and not likely to be unduly restrictive for the receiver, and recipients to consider using them soon after receipt. Association spokesperson, Ian Jarratt, says many people think…

Read More Consumer Tips: Buy Gift Cards Carefully and Use Them Early

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Four global and European consumer organisations today launched their principles recommendations to make consumer rights, privacy and security core features of the Internet of Things. Consumers International, BEUC, ANEC and ICRT recognise the benefits of IoT applications but urge developers, manufacturers, policy-makers and regulators to deal with numerous challenges and risks.  According to estimates there…

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The Turnbull Government will legislate a national Consumer Data Right, allowing customers open access to their banking, energy, phone and internet transactions. Australians will be able to compare offers, get access to cheaper products and plans to help them ‘make the switch’ and get greater value for money. Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus…

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has found some retailers may be misleading consumers about their rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) after reviewing the online policies of several large Australian clothing retailers. “This year the ACCC has received over 750 complaints regarding consumer guarantees for clothing purchases. We are reviewing the policies…

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Palm Island officially became a Do Not Knock informed community today (14 November 2017) with the unveiling of new high profile signage at a community event. The Do Not Knock program aims to deter unscrupulous door-to-door traders with prominent signage reminding travelling salespeople of their responsibilities and obligations when trading door-to-door. Residents are also offered…

Read More Palm Island residents say no to dodgy door-to-door traders

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There’s a good chance you’ve heard of platforms like Uber and Airbnb. These platforms and many others are part of the sharing economy. While sharing economy platforms can provide a new and convenient experience for purchasing and hiring goods or services, questions around consumer and trader protection often come with the new territory. If you…

Read More The Sharing Economy: Know Your Rights, Know the Rules

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Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA) is pleased to release a tool for consumer advocates to monitor the implementation of the recommendations from the Review of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and the Productivity Commission Report into ACL Administration and Enforcement. These reports set a substantial agenda for consumer law reform which has been welcomed by…

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