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Rod Sims, new chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission made his first address to the Melbourne Press Club on 10 October 2011, putting a number of sectors on notice, including the major supermarket chains. “The two major supermarkets have significant market power, with many smaller suppliers feeling they lack a real ability to…

Read More ACCC Chair puts supermarkets on notice

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court, alleging misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the promotion and supply of chicken products. The ACCC is taking action against Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd and Bartter Enterprises Pty Ltd which supply chickens nationally under the Steggles brand, Turi Foods which supplies…

Read More ACCC takes action over ‘free to roam’ chicken claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Telecommunications Reports 2009-10, tabled in Parliament today, show clear trends developing around fixed and mobile services.

Subscription numbers for both fixed and mobile services suggest that while mobile take-up continues to grow, this is not necessarily at the cost of fixed line services.

Read More Wireless increasingly popular, but fixed lines dominate downloads

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to continue to be wary of scammers who offer bogus government rebates for the installation of solar panels and scam websites that either falsely claim to be affiliated with government or boast bogus government endorsements.

Read these latest scam watch alerts from the ACCC.

Read More New ACCC scam alerts: solar offers and fake government websites

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On Monday 12th September 2011 in Canberra more than 70 business, industry association and government representatives attended the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce forum Small business and scams: sorting out the shams. Academics, compliance and enforcement experts and small business specialists, including ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper, shed light on their experience of scams, the…

Read More Scams, shams and small business

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is throwing a spotlight on door-to-door sales practices in the energy retail sector, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims announced on 13 September 2011. In a speech to the ACOSS/ CHOICE ‘Energy at Home’ conference at Parliament House, Mr Sims said “the ACCC is concerned that misleading or deceptive conduct by…

Read More ACCC puts energy retailers on notice over door-to-door practices

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ASIC has launched  Health Month Month to encourage consumers to take early action when they spot the signs of mortgage stress. ASIC’s MoneySmart website includes practical information for consumers facing various levels of mortgage stress, short video guides, tools such as a budget planner and mortgage calculator and guides to obtaining help from free financial…

Read More Mortgage health month to help consumers avoid stress

Rod Sims ACCC Chair Rod Sims ACCC Chair

As part of a “Future Directions’ speech the incoming Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, outlined the ACCC’s approach to electricity prices as part of a discussion about how the various tools available to the ACCC will be coordinated. He noted that the Australian Energy Regulator [AER] is looking closely at…

Read More Electricity: ACCC to look at network prices and poor selling practices