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

Builders now have a new tool to add to their kit

Victorians planning to build or renovate a home now have a handy addition to their tool kits.       The Victorian Government has launched a new online domestic building tool, which streamlines access to building and renovating information to help people make informed decisions, understand their legal rights and obligations, and resolve issues such [...]

By | October 27th, 2016|Everyday Consumer, Everyday Consumer, Housing, Public services|1 Comment

Protecting consumers in the Australian solar market

Australians love solar power on their roof more than any other country – data from the Clean Energy Regulator shows that Australia hosts more than 1.5 million solar power systems, the highest number of installations per inhabitant in the world. Despite this, solar contributes to only 2.5% of Australia’s electricity generation. Many more Australians will [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|Energy, Everyday Consumer, Everyday Consumer, Utilities|Comments Off on Protecting consumers in the Australian solar market

Defining Consumer Protection in the Digital Age

Robin Simpson, Consumers International's (CI) Senior Policy Adviser, recently represented CI at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on The digital economy innovation, growth and social prosperity which took place in Cancun, Mexico. He spoke at the Civil Society Forum convened by the OECD Civil Society information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) and in the main agenda panel [...]

By | July 7th, 2016|Communications, Consumer protection, Everyday Consumer, Intellectual property, Policy, Telcommunications and Internet|Comments Off on Defining Consumer Protection in the Digital Age

ACCAN media release: low-income earners face telecommunication exclusion

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN),  South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) and Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) have collaborated in a effort to push the Federal Government to help low-income consumers have better access to telecommunication services, an ACCAN media release reports. New data has revealed that people who are on a minimal income [...]

By | July 1st, 2016|Communications, Communications, Everyday Consumer, Mobile, Public services, Telcommunications and Internet|Comments Off on ACCAN media release: low-income earners face telecommunication exclusion

Consumers call for political parties to help ease the squeeze on living standards

The Queensland Consumers Association (QCA) and other consumer groups1 want all parties contesting the forthcoming federal election to do much more to help consumers experiencing cost of living pressures. QCA spokesperson, Ian Jarratt, says being able to easily and quickly get better value at the supermarket would help consumers to “ease the squeeze” on living [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|Everyday Consumer, Everyday Consumer, Housing, Publications, Regulator news and government inquiries, Unit Pricing|Comments Off on Consumers call for political parties to help ease the squeeze on living standards