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Prepared by CFA Executive Member Ian Jarratt, of Queensland Consumers Association. He can be reached at ijarratt@australiamail.com. The final report was handed to the Australian Government on 29 October 2021 and publicly released on 1 December 2021. The Government has not yet announced its response to the report. CFA and several member organisations participated in the…

Read More Productivity Commission’s Final Report on “Right To Repair” Released

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Data released by the Public Transport Ombudsman Mr Simon McKenzie today shows that complaints about public transport fell 47% from the previous year due to lockdowns and travel restrictions. This is a media release from the Public Transport Ombudsman. It was originally published on 24th November, 2021. For the 2020/2021 year, overall approaches at 2072 were down 39% from…

Read More Complaints fall as public transport usage hit by lockdowns

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Reform urgently needed to give Australians clear and fair rights when travel has to be cancelled  New CHOICE research has revealed that only 23% of Australians feel confident to make travel plans in the next 12 months. This is a media release from CHOICE. It was originally published on 26th October, 2021. This statistic is not surprising, given…

Read More New research reveals only 23% of Australians feel confident making travel plans in next 12 months: CHOICE

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Consumer group CHOICE has asked Australian governments to fix Australia’s travel “cancellation chaos” with 7 urgent reforms, starting by making it easier for travellers to obtain refunds when plans are cancelled. This is a CHOICE media release, originally published on 8th July, 2021. CHOICE surveyed over 4,400 Australians who had travel plans disrupted by COVID-19…

Read More 7 ways to fix the travel “cancellation chaos”

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The ACCC welcomes legislative changes which will increase competition and choice for consumers about where they have their cars serviced and repaired. These changes adopt recommendations from the ACCC’s new car retailing industry market study. This is an Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) media release, originally published on 18th June, 2021. The Competition and Consumer Amendment…

Read More ACCC welcomes new law on motor vehicle service and repair information

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Each year, over 1,000 Australians are admitted to hospital due to incidents involving mobility scooters. Almost all these injuries occur to device users, but there are also concerns about wider community safety due to the increasing use of these devices. The updated ‘Guide to choosing and using mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs’ helps consumers: Decide whether a…

Read More New guide to choosing and using mobility scooters & powered wheelchairs

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Australians have already lost over $288,000 to vehicle scams in the first quarter of this year, more than all losses reported to Scamwatch in 2019, and scammers have now begun impersonating defence personnel to con their victims. This is an ACCC media release, originally published on 27th April, 2021. In a vehicle scam, scammers post fake…

Read More Losses to car ad scams climbing

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The Morrison Government has today introduced legislation into the Parliament to establish a mandatory scheme for the sharing of motor vehicle service and repair information. This ground breaking legislation will level the playing field for the automotive repair sector, increasing competition and consumer choice. This is a media release from The Hon Michael Sukkar MP,…

Read More Morrison Government levels the playing field for independent repairers

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New figures released today show COVID-19-related consumer reports make up the majority of the 109,446 complaints the ACCC received in the first ten months of this year. This is an ACCC Media Release. The impact of COVID-19 on consumers and fair trading report reveals the pandemic’s impact on travel resulted in 24,210 complaints to the ACCC,…

Read More Travel problems top list of COVID-19-related reports

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The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) has updated its online comparative reporting tool, the AFCA Datacube, to include information about all financial complaints lodged with it from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020. This allows historical comparison with complaints data from AFCA’s inception on 1 November 2018. The AFCA Datacube allows anyone to see how…

Read More AFCA Datacube updated with latest complaint statistics

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The Morrison Government has directed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to monitor domestic air passenger services for a period of three years. The Government has consistently said Australia’s national interest is best served through having a sustainable, competitive aviation sector. ACCC monitoring will assist in protecting competition in the domestic passenger airline market,…

Read More ACCC directed to monitor domestic air passenger services

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People who use foreign currency conversion (FX) services now have greater access to accurate online calculators to help compare prices, but the ACCC says greater transparency is still needed at a time when many Australians are sending money to family and friends overseas. The ACCC’s Foreign currency exchange services inquiry report, released in September last…

Read More Easier comparisons now available for foreign currency conversions