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The following is an excerpt from a report by Professor Michelle Kelly-Louw, President of the International Association of Consumer Law. The International Association of Consumer Law’s (IACL’s) 16th conference, entitled “Economic Development and Consumer Law” was held at the Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 2017. One of the topics…

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Businesses that make product and service recommendations will be forced to come clean on commissions, referral fees and kickbacks under new Better Business Reforms. Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean said it would put buying power back in the hands of consumers and small businesses. “Consumers are increasingly relying on referrals from third…

Read More Coming clean on kickbacks with better business reforms

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Consumers are set to save big on time and money, and have disputes with businesses resolved quicker, thanks to new Fair Trading powers. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the Fair Trading Legislation Amendment (Consumer Guarantee Directions) Bill, granting the new powers, would be introduced into Parliament this week. “These proposed reforms will give…

Read More Fair Trading reforms set to deliver big benefits for NSW consumers

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Following the Review of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and the Productivity Commission Report into ACL Administration and Enforcement, Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA) released a new tool to help consumers monitor the implementation of various recommendations. The tool, to be updated quarterly, will provide information as to progress. The July 2018 update is now available…

Read More July Update: ACL Review Implementation Tracking Calendar

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Members of the public are being encouraged to have their say on proposed consumer protection reforms, including measures aimed at cracking down on ticket scalpers. As the Government prepares regulations to govern proposed tougher anti-scalping laws, feedback is being sought on how aspects of the laws will operate in practice. Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini…

Read More Consultation begins on proposed SA consumer protection reforms

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Consumer protection agencies across Australia today launched an education campaign to highlight issues around buying resold and second hand tickets to concerts, sporting events, festivals and other events. The education campaign will improve understanding and awareness of the ticket resale market, and help consumers to understand the risks associated with purchasing tickets from secondary resellers…

Read More Education campaign on ticket reselling to benefit consumers

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National variety goods retailer The Reject Shop Ltd has been penalised $140,000 after admitting that it contravened the product safety provisions of the Australian Consumer Law (Victoria) by selling projectile toys that did not meet the relevant Australian Safety Standard. The Reject Shop operates more than 330 stores across Australia. Consumer Affairs Victoria took action…

Read More The Reject Shop ordered to pay $155,000 over unsafe projectile toys

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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…

Read More Government introduces legislation to improve outcomes for consumers

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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…

Read More Mobile photography business enters into enforceable undertaking over alleged ACL breach

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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…

Read More CAANZ releases guidance on the application of Australian Consumer Law to charities and fundraising

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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…

Read More ACCC Puts Clothing Retailers on Notice