CFA welcomes appointment of Executive member to ACMA’s consumer forum

The Consumers’ Federation of Australia has today welcomed the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s appointment of CFA Executive member Catriona Lowe as an a representative to its Consumer Consultative Forum (CCF).

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The CCF is a key element in the ACMA’s approach to consumer engagement. The CCF has been structured to provide the opportunity for consumer representatives to ventilate issues and suggest solutions with senior representatives of industry, regulators and government policy makers.

CFA Chair Jo Benvenuti said of the appointment, “Catriona has strong credentials in effectively representing the consumer issues of everyday Australians to government and regulators, and in particular likely policy impacts on low income and vulnerable consumers. I’m pleased to see such an authoritative CFA representative sitting alongside other respected advocates and congratulate the ACMA on their appointments to the Consumer Forum.”

Ms Lowe joins seven other new consumer representatives including:

  • Stella Avramopoulos (Kildonan Uniting Care)
  • Hollie Baillieu (National Farmers Federation)
  • Teresa Corbin (Australian Communications Consumer Action Network)
  • Narelle Clark (Internet Society of Australia)
  • Daniel Featherstone (Indigenous Remote Communications Association)
  • Chris Jeffery (Council of the Ageing WA)
  • Professor Julian Thomas (Swinburne University)

‘‘Our new representatives will bring a variety of complementary knowledge, skills and relationships to the forum,” said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

“The new forum balances experience and new ideas, with the appointment of four new members and the re-appointment of four existing members. The new appointments will strengthen the CCF’s ability to focus on particular issues facing consumers in regional and remote, low-income, aged and Indigenous communities.”