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Victoria considers prohibitions on rent-to-buy homes and residential vendor finance

Consumer Affairs Victoria is asking for feedback to help shape the laws that control how Victorians buy and sell property. A new options paper presents a range of possible reforms to modernise and improve Victoria’s 55-year-old Sale of Land Act 1962 (the Act). “Victoria’s property market is booming, and it’s essential the Sale of Land [...]

ACCC seeks views of BP’s proposed acquisition of Woolworths service stations

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is seeking views on the proposed acquisition of Woolworths Limited’s (Woolworths) network of retail service station sites by BP Australia Pty Ltd (BP). Together with the proposed acquisition, BP proposes to enter into an ongoing retail convenience, shopper docket discount and customer loyalty partnership with Woolworths. The ACCC’s [...]

By | March 25th, 2017|ACCC, Competition|0 Comments

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CHOICE says global companies need to stop pushing consumers into signing off on long, unreadable online contracts Consumers' Federation of Australia member CHOICE is calling on the Federal Government to stop companies from forcing consumers to accept tens-of-thousands of words  of complex  requirements, just to use a product, after a review of e-reader terms and [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|CHOICE, Contracts, Digital consumers, World Consumer Rights Day|0 Comments

Consumers want improvements to online grocery selling sites

Consumers want improvements to online grocery selling sites Online food and grocery sellers in Australia should make it much easier for shoppers to compare the value of items on their websites, says CFA member Queensland Consumers Association. QCA spokesperson, Ian Jarratt, says online grocery sellers can best do this by providing the unit price (price [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Everyday Consumer, Unit Pricing, World Consumer Rights Day|0 Comments

ACCC names key enforcement and compliance priorities for 2017

The Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Rod Sims says 2017 will see its enforcement teams hone in on misleading and deceptive practices, anti-competitive conduct and unfair contract terms affecting small businesses. Speaking at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) event in Sydney today, Mr Sims launched the ACCC’s 2017 Compliance [...]

Consumers left wanting more from energy retail markets

CFA member Energy Consumers Australia has published the results of its second bi-annual survey of the attitudes and activity of household and small business energy consumers. Energy Consumers Australia CEO Rosemary Sinclair said the survey of 2,300 consumers, undertaken during August and September 2016, showed that energy consumers are seeing mixed results. “As we found [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|Articles, Energy, Everyday Consumer, News, Utilities|0 Comments

Call for improved power retailing

The Queensland Consumers Association is calling on energy retailers, politicians and regulators to place the retail market at the centre of thinking about the transformation of the energy system. This is a key conclusion from a national survey* of 2300 consumers just released by Energy Consumers Australia (ECA). The survey revealed that: consumers rank the [...]

John Furbank reports: 3rd meeting of ISO PC249 Guidance on unit pricing

John Furbank, the Chair of the ISO/PC 294 recently attended the 3rd meeting on unit pricing. He reports to us below. The 3rd meeting of ISO PC294 Guidance on unit pricing was held at the headquarters of Shufuren (association of consumer groups) Tokyo, Japan in December 2016. Standards Australia is the Secretariat for ISO PC [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Everyday Consumer, Unit Pricing|0 Comments

CFA Executive Ian Jarratt awarded Medal of the Order of Australia

Consumers Federation Australia is delighted to congratulate Standards Representative and Executive Member Ian Jarratt on being awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division as part of the Australia Day Honours List for 2017. Ian has received the medal for service to the community, particularly to the rights and protection [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|CFA Member Profiles, Everyday Consumer|1 Comment

CFA representative attends FSANZ Packing Advisory Group meeting

Elaine Attwood, a CFA representative on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Packing Advisory Group recently attended the 5th meeting this December. The meeting involved discussion around FSANZ’s conclusions following the first Call for Submissions made. Members within the meeting heard on the issues raised within the submissions. Whilst submissions were minimal, the general caliber [...]

By | December 26th, 2016|Everyday Consumer, News, Standards|Comments Off on CFA representative attends FSANZ Packing Advisory Group meeting

CHOICE: Nurofen hit with $6 million fine

CHOICE calls for bigger penalties after court increases Reckitt Benckiser fine. Consumer Group Choice has welcomed the decision to hit Nurofen manufacturer, Reckitt Benckiser, with an increased $6 million fine over its dodgy targeted pain relief products, but says the penalty doesn’t go far enough[1]. "These companies make huge profits when peddling these deceptive and [...]

By | December 22nd, 2016|Everyday Consumer|Comments Off on CHOICE: Nurofen hit with $6 million fine