Articles

The ISO is the International Organisation for Standardisation, a worldwide federation of national standards bodies.  The work of preparing international standards is normally carried out through ISO Technical Committees.  The ISO has many technical committees (TCs) and TC 229 deals with nanotechnologies, the application of scientific knowledge to manipulate and control matter in the nanoscale.…

Read More Nanotechnology and ISO

After a year-long inquiry telco customer service and complaints-handling, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released its draft [ilink url=”http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_312222″]Reconnecting the Customer[/ilink] (RTC) report in early June 2011. It is a well considered report based on extensive evidence-based research.  Five research reports commissioned by the ACMA were launched at the same time. The ACMA’s…

Read More Time’s up on telco self-regulation: ACMA to act

The South Australian Financial Counselling Association’s (SAFCA) 2011 Conference The Evolving Landscape of Financial Counselling will be held on 26 and 27 September at the Rydges South Park Hotel, Adelaide.  Speakers include Dennis Nelthorpe – West Heidelberg Community Legal Service Kat Lane – Consumer Credit Legal Service NSW Mark Henley – Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide…

Read More The Evolving Landscape of Financial Counselling

CFA member CHOICE is calling for better regulation of pesticides and hazardous chemicals. More than 80 chemicals and pesticides no longer registered for use in Europe are available for every day agricultural and veterinary use in Australia. If that’s not alarming enough, about 75% were included in our current system 15 years ago as a…

Read More Better regulation for pesticides and hazardous chemicals

Australian money - $2 coins Australian money - $2 coins

To use an American phrase – it seems like a “no brainer”. Consumer groups from around Australia are calling on the Federal Government to cap interest rates at 48%. This cap is currently in place in three jurisdictions: New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT. However credit legislation is now a Federal Government responsibility; whether…

Read More 48% is Enough: Keep the Cap!

ASIC released a consultation paper 28 July 2011 proposing new guidance for people who give (financial) advice to retail clients. This builds on ASIC Regulatory Guide 200 Access to advice for super fund members (RG 200) and ASIC’s Report 224 Access to Financial Advice in Australia (REP 224) in December 2010. This report found that…

Read More ASIC consultation paper on guidance for financial advisers – comment due 8 September 2011

FCA Logo FCA Logo

CFA member Financial Counselling Australia today released the results of a survey of financial counsellors about their clients’ experiences with 1800 and 13/1300 numbers. Nearly every financial counsellor (98%) reported clients who have difficulty contacting services that use 1800 or 13 numbers due to the cost of the call from their mobiles. At the May…

Read More Financial counselling clients suffer from timed 1800 calls

The Mutual Banking Code of Practice sets out standards of good practice for credit unions and mutual building societies. The Code Compliance Committee (CCC) has a new  Executive Manager, and is conducting a number of reviews. This update also sets out current governance and investigation arrangements and provides information about this years’ annual compliance statements.…

Read More What’s new with the Mutual Banking Code of Practice Code Compliance Committee?

repairing a car repairing a car

The Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) has produced an issues paper on Sharing of repair information in the automotive industry. The terms of reference for this review deal with consumer detriment potentially caused by the practice of manufacturers and importers failing to share information  wth independent repairers of motor vehicles. For further information and…

Read More Sharing information in the automotive industry

ASIC has successfully completed the major initial licensing of consumer credit businesses as part of the transition to the new national consumer credit laws. ASIC Commissioner, Peter Boxall, said only licensed people or businesses can carry on consumer credit activities now. ‘If you are getting credit or getting advice or assistance on credit make sure…

Read More ASIC refuses four applications for credit licenses and puts conditions on others

On 1 July ASIC announced that it had commenced criminal proceedings against officers of the Wespoint companies for breaches of the corporations act. In a separate matter Rundle was found guilty by a Sydney jury of making misleading statements to a financial institution in support of a $71 million credit facility to fund a Westpoint…

Read More Westpoint and other recent ASIC enforcement actions