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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

CFA publishes Submission to the Commission’s Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration Draft Report

Consumers’ Federation of Australia has published its submission to the Commission’s Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration Draft Report. The submission calls for additional public funding for consumer advocacy. Furthermore, CFA encourages the Productivity Commission to develop mechanisms which found fund the necessary consumer advocacy and input, aside from a call on the Federal Budget. The [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|ACCC, Articles, ASIC, Featured, Publications, Regulator news|0 Comments

Australian Energy Regulator seeking membership for Consumer Consultative Group

Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is seeking expressions of interest for membership to their Consumer Consultative Group (CCG). The CCG works to advise and assist the AER on problems that can impact small energy consumers, such as residential and business customers who consume under the relevant usage threshold set by the National Energy Retail Law jurisdiction. The CCG's [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Environment, Featured, Jobs with CFA Members, Regulator news|0 Comments

Productivity Commission calls for greater investment in consumer advocacy

Australia’s peak consumer body, the Consumers’ Federation of Australia,  welcomed a finding from the Productivity Commission that additional public funding be provided to support consumer advocacy. The finding, made in the Commission’s Draft Report on Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration, recognised there is considerable unmet demand from policy makers for input from informed consumer advocates. [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Consumer protection, Featured, News|0 Comments

Financial Rights Legal Centre and Consumers Federation Australia publish submission to review Code of Banking Practice

Consumers Federation Australia (CFA) along with several consumer organisations have recently submitted a joint consumer representative submission to the Australian Banking Association. The ABA has resourced this 2016 submission, conducted as a collaborative effort between the CFA and the Financial Rights Legal Centre (FRLC). CFA and the FRLC engaged with the following consumer organisations who have [...]

CFA releases updated Consumer Representatives Policy

Consumers Federation Australia is constantly listening to consumer wants, interests and needs. As such, CFA believes that changes are needed to ensure that we are meeting the ever changing consumer landscape. Recently, CFA made changes to the current policy on consumer representation. The changes are reflected within the document, available here. The new policy statement, [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Consumer Representative Postitions, Featured, News, Policy|0 Comments

Political Parties Respond to CFA Federal Election Agenda

Last month, CFA published its Federal Election Agenda , calling upon the incoming Federal Government to make crucial changes to improve consumer outcomes.     The agenda presented three measures in which governance and institutional arrangements within the economy could become more effective, cohesive and supportive to consumers: Appoint a Minister for Consumer Affairs with cabinet [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Articles, AusPol, Featured, News|0 Comments

Federal Election Agenda Responses

CFA recently published its Federal Election Agenda, calling on the government to make changes within the consumer advocacy sector. The agenda is available here.  As of the 30th of June, CFA has received responses correspondence from the Australian Labor Party , the Coalition Liberal & National Parties, and the Australian Greens. The responses are available below. Coalition Liberal [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|AusPol, Featured, News|0 Comments