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CFA seeks to appoint a consumer representative to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Consumer and Public Health Dialogue (CPHD). The CPHD provides a means by which FSANZ can engage in deeper and more meaningful consultation with peak consumer and public health bodies and academics. The objective is to improve FSANZ’s awareness and understanding…

Read More Representative opportunity: FSANZ Consumer and Public Health Dialogue

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“Stand strong against industry pressure” is the message from CHOICE CEO Alan Kirkland following Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s announcement this morning about how the government will implement the Banking Royal Commission recommendations.  “Today the Treasurer has outlined how the government will make sure that banks, insurers and mortgage brokers act fairly and provide services that…

Read More CHOICE responds to Treasurer’s Royal Commission road map announcement

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The ACCC has established a Button Battery Taskforce to investigate ways to reduce risk to the Australian community, particularly children, of button batteries. In Australia two children have died in the past six years after swallowing a button battery, and hundreds of children suspected of swallowing button batteries have ended up in hospital emergency rooms.…

Read More Taskforce to investigate stronger button battery safety

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The Financial Planning Association is advertising for people with experience representing consumers for its code governing body & disciplinary panel. Code Monitoring Australia Pty Ltd (CMA), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), has developed the FINANCIAL ADVISERS MONITORING SCHEME (FAMS) and has applied to be approved as a code monitoring scheme…

Read More Financial Planning Association seeks consumer representatives

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Australians are set to lose a record amount to scams in 2019, with projections from losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies so far expected to exceed $532 million by the end of the year, surpassing half a billion dollars for the first time. This year’s National Scams Awareness Week (12-16 August) theme is “too smart…

Read More Record losses expected as scammers target Australians

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The ACCC is inviting interested parties to comment on the Humane Farm Animal Care’s application to register a certification trademark (CTM) in Australia. The CTM intends to certify that animal derived products bearing the mark have complied with a range of Humane Farm Animal Care’s livestock and poultry welfare standards.  The mark bears the words…

Read More Humane Farm Animal Care application to register a CTM: invitation to comment

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Threats of being disconnected from phone and internet services, loss of phone numbers, and inaccurate information about NBN plans are issues highlighted in the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman’s latest report: “Misleading telemarketing of NBN services” published Thursday 1 August, 2019. Between January and December 2018, residential consumers and small businesses made 1,729 complaints to the Telecommunications…

Read More Investigation finds telemarketers pressuring consumers to sign up to NBN

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ACCAN is seeking nominations for Directors to fill three (3) vacancies on its Board. In accordance with the ACCAN Constitution, the 2019-2020 ACCAN Board will consist of nine (9) members1. Six (6) positions are continuing Directors from the 2018-2019 Board. Three (3) Directors are retiring from the Board but may be eligible for re-election as…

Read More Call for nominations for the ACCAN Board

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Consumer protection regulators are running a national campaign to help consumers avoid paying extra fees to receive bills in the post. People who prefer to receive paper bills are usually seniors, consumers on a low income, or people without internet access, which means that vulnerable consumers end up paying extra just to pay their bills.…

Read More How to stop paying fees for bills you receive in the mail

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CFA member Nicola Howell (PhD researcher, Melbourne Law School and Senior Lecturer at QUT) is researching the impact of financial difficulty assistance, bankruptcy and debt agreements on consumer debtors. A better understanding of how people experience the different options, and whether they improve the lives of debtors in the short and long term, can help…

Read More Researching the impact of financial difficulty assistance: Request for participation

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The Banking Code Compliance Committee (BCCC) commenced on 1 July 2019 with the primary purpose of monitoring banks’ compliance with the 2019 Banking Code of Practice. An important part of the BCCC’s role is to ensure that banks uphold the promises they make to their small business and agribusiness customers. To assist it fulfill its role, the…

Read More Small Business and Agribusiness Advisory Panel: Request for Expressions of Interest