The domestic battery storage market looked set to take off when significant price reductions and rapidly rising electricity prices indicated batteries would soon be cost effective. Unfortunately, over the past few years electricity prices have continued to soar but the price of battery storage has remained high. Do Government subsidies help? Read Dr Martin Gill’s…Read More Battery storage an energy option for consumers
ASIC has released the findings from its recent review of superannuation trustees’ communications with their members about changes introduced through the Treasury Laws Amendment (Protecting Your Superannuation Package) Act 2019 (PYSP). The PYSP reforms were introduced to protect the superannuation savings of Australians from erosion due to inappropriate fees and insurance premiums as well as to reduce unintended…Read More ASIC releases report reviewing trustees’ PYSP communications
The report from Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC) draws on research undertaken in partnership with University of South Australia (UniSA) which surveyed 502 Home Care Package (HCP) recipients across metropolitan Australia in June and July last year. “Older Australians are being abandoned by the system, often unable to access the necessary support to live happier,…Read More Consumer research centre releases latest report – Choosing care: the difficulties of navigating home care
CHOICE is warning Australians to avoid ticketing fakes on platforms like Viagogo after Google let the exploitative ticket seller back onto its search advertising. “The Federal Government and Michael Sukkar have the power to make this the last summer of ticketing fakes,” says Julia Steward, Head of Policy at CHOICE. “We’re glad to see the…Read More CHOICE calls for stronger ticket resale protections
CHOICE is calling on the government to introduce tighter product safety laws, following an alarming number of infant deaths linked to inclined sleepers in the US. CHOICE experts say that based on research conducted in the US, inclined sleepers are so dangerous for young babies that they should be completely avoided. Two inclined sleeping products…Read More Inclined sleepers: A tragedy waiting to happen in our homes
Casual and part-time workers, people out of work and people in ‘hazardous’ jobs often face the activities of daily living (ADL) test if they make a total and permanent disability claim. This effectively makes the TPD insurance in their super junk. More than 12 million Australians have total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance through their…Read More Are you paying for junk insurance in your super?
The Australian Summer is an iconic part of the Aussie lifestyle but did you know that some of our favourite summer pastimes include a range of standards designed to keep us safe? They affect everything from the fans keeping you cool to your coolest pair of sunnies, read more here. Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA) regularly seeks…Read More Summer, standards and how they relate to you
Age discrimination can creep up on you. Ageism is stereotyping, discrimination or mistreatment based solely upon age. It comes from negative attitudes and beliefs about what it means to be older. Ageism is pervasive and can have profound negative consequences on older adults’ health and wellbeing. We need to act now to improve the lives…Read More Tackling ageism through Standards
About 3.56 million defective Takata airbags have now been replaced as part of the compulsory recall, but more than seven percent remain outstanding and the ACCC is urging consumers not to ignore or delay responding to recall notices. Figures released on Friday show about 3.56 million airbags in 2.59 million vehicles were rectified as at…Read More More than 250,000 vehicles with defective Takata airbags remaining for replacement
The recent ABC article titled How safe are GPS trackers for children – and what should I know before buying one? raises concerns about the ethics of technological surveillance and asks, ‘are we being sucked in by their convenience?’ When we digitise information or upload it to the internet, we run the risk of having that information…Read More Who is protecting your information on the internet?
ACCC Media Release 3/20: Honda and Mitsubishi have commenced voluntary recalls for vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 2000 due to a serious safety concern relating to faulty airbags. These vehicles may have been fitted with potentially deadly Takata NADI 5-AT airbags. There is a risk these airbags may misdeploy in an accident and cause metal…Read More Honda and Mitsubishi recall 42,000 cars due to serious airbag safety risk
Battery waste is a growing problem in Australia; in 2014 it was estimated that Australia was generating 17,500 tonnes of waste in batteries, or 700 million batteries based on an equivalent battery unit. 97% of all batteries were being inappropriately disposed of in landfill and impacting on the environment. It is proposed that an industry-led…Read More Proposed battery recycling scheme to combat waste