Government Inquiries

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Once every three years the Regional Telecommunications Review considers whether people in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia have equitable access to telecommunications.

ACCAN is seeking your views on the top telco issues in regional Australia at the moment to help inform its submission.

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The Productivity Commission has released the final report on its inquiry into Australia’s urban water sector, proposing profound changes to the way water services are provided in cities and regional towns across Australia. Along the way it restated its support for national funding of a peak consumer advocacy organisation.

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CFA member ACCAN was established in 2009. At the time the government committed to conduct a review of ACCAN’s performance after two years of operation. Having now reached that point, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) is keen to hear all views. Submissions are due by 19th October. The terms of…

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The 2011-12 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee will begin a series of public consultations around Australia as it examines telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of the country. The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today welcomed the beginning of the consultation process and the release of the…

Read More Public consultations begin for 2011-12 Regional Telecommunications Review

ASIC has released a consultation paper and draft regulatory guide containing best practice guidance for the advertising of financial products and financial advice. The work seeks to promote confident and informed investors and financial consumers, noting the important role that advertising can play in helping investors to make important financial decisions. The Chairman of ASIC,…

Read More ASIC releases new advertising guidelines for financial products and advice

The Commonwealth government has announced proposals to limit the exploitation of people desperate for a small loan. According to Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, draft legislation would improves the rules around payday lenders “These proposals seek to stop payday lenders from overcharging consumers who are desperate for money, by…

Read More Payday lending reforms proposed to protect consumers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission  issued a discussion paper (18 August 2011) seeking submissions on the service description for a Layer 2 bitstream service. The consultation is the first step in issuing a declaration that creates the ACCC’s role in regulating this service. This declaration is intended to cover the ‘last mile’ fibre to…

Read More ACCC begins public consultation on “last mile” fibre to residences

Wayne Hawkins, disability policy adviser at ACCAN writes: As you may be aware the government is undertaking a review of access to telecommunications by people with disability, older Australians and people experiencing illness. ACCAN will be making a detailed submission to the review . One of our key areas of work is in the area…

Read More Access to telecommunications review – input to ACCAN submission

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

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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…

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The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, in consultation with a working group of representatives from Commonwealth, state and territory health departments, has prepared an issues paper on the proposed establishment and implementation of a Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system.  The PCEHR is intended to be a secure, electronic record of an individual’s medical history, stored and…

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The Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the insurance industry with specific reference to extreme weather and disaster events. Submissions will be accepted until Friday 12 August 2011, with the exception of submissions from Western Australia, which are requested by Friday 22 July 2011, as the Committee will…

Read More Operation of the insurance industry during disaster events – Commonwealth inquiry