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A Draft National Preventative Health Strategy (the Strategy) was released recently for comment via a website survey which closes on 19 April. The survey and the Strategy are available here. The Strategy aims to help Australians improve their health at all stages of life, through early intervention, better information, targeting risk factors and addressing the…

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Most plastics are made to be used once before being discarded and consumer awareness of the plastics crisis is growing around the world. On average, Australians use 130 kg of plastic per person each year and up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into our waterways and into the ocean. The good news is…

Read More World Consumer Rights Day (15 March 2021) ‘Tackling Plastic Pollution’

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The Tolling Customer Ombudsman (TCO) is a free and independent alternative dispute resolution scheme designed broadly to assist customers and toll road users of Linkt – New South Wales, Linkt – Queensland and Linkt – Victoria tolling businesses. The overarching aim of the scheme is to resolve complaints fairly, efficiently and free of charge. Information…

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The Hon Michael Sukkar Media Release: The Coalition Government is committed to progressing the design of a mandatory information sharing scheme for motor vehicle service and repair information. This scheme forms part of our commitment to support appropriate commercial dealing and competition in the new car retail supply chain for the benefit of both small…

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The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has published a consultation paper as part of its review into the WA Fitness Industry Code. Feedback is being sought from fitness services providers, consumers, industry associations and other interested parties as to the effectiveness and appropriateness of the Code. Attending a gym or fitness…

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The Christmas retailers’ naughty list has been revealed in the latest NSW Fair Trading Complaints Register, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said yesterday. Kogan, Samsung Electronics and online ticket reseller Viagogo claimed the top spots with 27 complaints each, followed by The Good Guys with 18, Apple and Harvey Norman with 16 each, and…

Read More Christmas retailers with most consumer complaints revealed

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Research from consumer group CHOICE has found 92% of people believe it is important that the weight measurement remains on the front of food products. The finding comes as the Federal Government’s National Measurement Institute has today released a policy statement which appears to prioritise trade over transparency. “Labels are for consumers not solely to…

Read More Pack weight threat

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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…

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

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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…

Read More Protecting consumers in the Australian solar market