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Ending the Ticket Rip-off

Consumer groups launch international survey of ticket resellers to address world-wide rorts CHOICE is leading a coalition of consumer groups in launching an international survey of the ticket resale market to stop consumers being ripped off by the likes of Viagogo, Stubhub and Ticketmaster Resale. “From outrageous ticket price mark-ups of up to 327% to [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|CHOICE, Consumer protection|0 Comments

PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION SAYS IT’S TIME TO INVEST IN CONSUMER RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY

Australia’s peak consumer body, the Consumers’ Federation of Australia, today welcomed a finding from the Productivity Commission to plug the funding gaps in consumer research and advocacy. The finding, made in the Commission’s Final Report on Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration, recognised that the current funding gaps were hampering sound policy decision making. “Consumer advocates [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Consumer protection, Featured, News|0 Comments

ACCC to monitor Australia’s broadband performance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that it will fund a new broadband performance monitoring program to provide Australian consumers with accurate and independent information about broadband speeds. The program will use hardware-based devices to perform remote testing of around 4,000 households to determine typical speeds on fixed-line NBN [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|ACCC, NBN, Regulator news|0 Comments

Progress on banking code, but missed opportunities too: consumer advocates

The Australian Banker’s Association (ABA) response to the Independent Review of the Code of Banking Practice (Khoury Review) is a positive start, but consumer advocates say there are some missed opportunities for the banking industry. Advocates say improving responsible lending assessments and making it easier to cancel credit cards will help Australians have a better [...]

By | March 29th, 2017|Banking, News|0 Comments

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 [...]

Standards Australia releases Issues Paper to support APEC’s Silver Economy

Standards Australia has released an Issues Paper titled The Role of Standards and Innovation for Driving APEC’s Silver Economy, providing insights to assist Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies to prepare for the challenges and opportunities created by ageing societies. In 2016, Standards Australia and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, on behalf of [...]

By | March 25th, 2017|Ageing, Regulator news and government inquiries, Standards|0 Comments

Bush telecoms group tells Canberra it’s time for action

“We hear you and we want to help” was the majority message from politicians in Canberra this week when they met with the Regional, Rural & Remote Communications Coalition. The Coalition met with more than 50 members of parliament over two days with the aim of highlighting the plight of telecommunications in the bush. National [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|Campaigns, Communications|0 Comments

Mortgage broker mayhem

CFA members CHOICE, Consumer Action Law Centre and Financial Rights Legal Centre are calling on the federal government to act on conflicted remuneration in the mortgage market following an ASIC report that found widespread conflicts of interest for brokers and bank staff have led to an aggressive sales culture and poor outcomes for borrowers.[1] Quotes [...]

By | March 18th, 2017|ASIC, Credit|0 Comments

Nine Hours of Conditions Apply *

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

World Consumer Rights Day 2017

Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust On 15th March, the Consumers' Federation of Australia and its members will be celebrating World Consumer Rights Day by joining a global campaign to build a #BetterDigitalWorld that promotes access, participation and innovation that is good for consumers, the economy and society. Consumer organisations from across the globe, [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Articles, Events, WCRD, World Consumer Rights Day|0 Comments

Multi-billion Dollar Credit Card Rip-Off

CHOICE says consumers have lost $3.49 billion because credit card interest rates haven’t moved in line with the cash rate As the banks front a Parliamentary Inquriy this week to explain their poor practices, new research from CHOICE reveals their failure to pass on the official interest rate cuts to their credit card customers has [...]

By | March 7th, 2017|CHOICE, Credit|0 Comments

Consumers unable to pay high power bills advised to contact their retailer early

The Queensland Consumers Association says householders experiencing difficulty paying high power bills caused by keeping cool during the sweltering summer should contact their power retailer as soon as possible. Association spokesperson, Ian Jarratt, says many power bills received, or those yet to arrive, will be well above normal due to the use of power guzzling [...]