Regulator news and government inquiries

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CHOICE launches Complane

CHOICE has introduced their new consumer assistance tool: Complane. Complane has been developed to minimize the number of difficulties that travelers have making complaints with airlines when their flights are delayed or canceled. CHOICE recently conducted a study into passenger travel, revealing that over the past year, over 23 per cent of travelers faced either [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Airports, Articles, Campaigns, CHOICE, Everyday Consumer, Regulator news, Transport, Travel|Comments Off on CHOICE launches Complane

Australian Energy Regulator seeking expressions of interest for Consumer Challenge Panel members

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals to apply to be a member of the Consumer Challenge Panel (CCP). The CCP forms an invaluable part of the AER’s regulatory decision-making process by providing consumer insight and perspective into the AER’s decisions. Individuals with consumer experience and engagement, regulatory decision-making or knowledge of [...]

By | July 14th, 2016|Energy, Environment, Regulator news, Regulator news and government inquiries, Utilities|Comments Off on Australian Energy Regulator seeking expressions of interest for Consumer Challenge Panel members

Consumers call for political parties to help ease the squeeze on living standards

The Queensland Consumers Association (QCA) and other consumer groups1 want all parties contesting the forthcoming federal election to do much more to help consumers experiencing cost of living pressures. QCA spokesperson, Ian Jarratt, says being able to easily and quickly get better value at the supermarket would help consumers to “ease the squeeze” on living [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|Everyday Consumer, Everyday Consumer, Housing, Publications, Regulator news and government inquiries, Unit Pricing|Comments Off on Consumers call for political parties to help ease the squeeze on living standards

The changing telecommunications market: have your say

The Productivity Commission has published a press release, calling on people to provide valuable input into the Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation. The Commission seeks to change and meet the evolving demands for the future direction of telecommunications within the Australian market.   Commissioner Paul Lindwall states that 'currently we have in place a Universal Service [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Govt Inquiries, Independent inquiries, News, Submission|Comments Off on The changing telecommunications market: have your say

OECD E-commerce guidelines – a step forward for consumers in the digital age

Robin Simpson, Consumers International's Senior Policy Advisor discusses the recently revised OECD E-commerce guidelines and their implications for consumers. The OECD published its revised E-commerce guidelines at the end of March. They form a useful outline for any regulator that is developing work in this area and a good starting point for consumer groups that want to evaluate [...]

By | May 24th, 2016|Regulator news, Regulator news and government inquiries, Report, Research|Comments Off on OECD E-commerce guidelines – a step forward for consumers in the digital age

Consumer groups welcome a stronger ASIC

Consumer groups CHOICE and Consumer Action Law Centre welcome today’s announcement of new funding and powers to protect consumers of financial services. In 2014-15 ASIC’s budget was reduced by $120 million over four years, in addition to an efficiency dividend of $47 million over the same period.[i] “Today’s funding announcement is good news for Australians. [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|ASIC, CHOICE, Finance, Regulator news|Comments Off on Consumer groups welcome a stronger ASIC