The Proposed Conduct relates to the cooperation between Virgin Australia and Air NZ on trans-Tasman services (on routes that Virgin Australia does not operate), including the ability for Virgin Australia to codeshare on Air NZ operated services which contain pricing provisions that may otherwise trigger the prohibition against resale price maintenance. Cooperation on commercial arrangements between Virgin Australia and Air NZ in relation to frequent flyer programs, lounge access, and joint corporate customer offers are conditional upon these codeshare arrangements.
Closing date for submissions on interim authorisation is 18 December 2023.
Read More Consultation on Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand Trans-Tasman Services
The NSW Government has recently launched the paper NSW Plastics: Next Steps and is seeking feedback on plastic items that:
are frequently littered
release microplastics into the environment
contain harmful chemical additives
are currently or are proposed to be regulated in other states and territories.
Translations of the paper are available online in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Korean and Vietnamese.
Have your say by 4 February 2024.
Read More NSW Plastic Policies Take the Next Step with Consultation
Currently, the Disability Discrimination Act provides an exemption for life insurers to use genomic or genetic test results when underwriting life insurance contracts. Since 2019, an industry-regulated partial-moratorium has been in place that prohibits the use of these tests below certain financial limits.
Read More Consultation Opens on Use of Genetic Testing in Life Insurance
The government encourages all interested parties to make a submission in response to the consultation paper, which can be found on the Treasury website.
The proposed acquisition will combine the entities’ retail fuel, wholesale fuel and retail convenience and grocery offerings.
The ACCC invites submissions on the divestiture proposal by 27 November 2023.
Read More ACCC Welcomes Consults on Viva Energy’s Divestiture Proposal for OTR Acquisition
In Australia there are over 2.65 million carers across Australia according to Carers Australia. Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or older people who need support. One of the greatest challenges…
Read More Carers who are also in Employment – New draft Standard open for public comment
The USO is a longstanding telecommunications safeguard that ensures all Australians can access fixed phone services and payphones, regardless of where they live. The USO is currently delivered by Telstra, and relies on ageing copper wire that is increasingly expensive to maintain.
Read More Consultation Launches for Modern Universal Service Obligation
The consultation process will explore options to deliver better communications outcomes – particularly for rural and regional, and First Nations communities who currently rely on fixed phone services to stay connected.
People with a disability and older persons are some of the most vulnerable in Australia. They need to have their voice heard on issues that are important to them to protect and promote their rights. For this reason, the requirements established by a new Draft Standard on Ageing and Disability is to provide uniform minimum…
Read More Have Your Say: New Advocacy in Ageing and Disability Standard Opens for Public Consultation
The proposed standard will apply to all carriage service providers who deal with residential, small business and not-for-profit customers. It will enhance protections for telco customers who are (or may be) experiencing financial hardship through the provision of information and appropriate financial support to help them meet their payment obligations and remain connected to essential telco services.
The standard must be made by 15 February 2024 and commence by 29 March 2024.
We invite submissions on the draft Telecommunications (Financial Hardship) Industry Standard 2024 by 5 pm (AEDT) on Friday 24 November 2023.
Read More ACMA consults on new protections for telco consumers in financial hardship
The Federal Government is calling for feedback on its ‘Aviation Green Paper – towards 2050’, found here.
The Green Paper is the next step in the development of the Aviation White Paper which will set the policy direction for the aviation sector out to 2050 and is likely to be released in mid-2024.
Read More Aviation Green Paper Open for Consultation
Almost a year after state and territory consumer ministers agreed to open consultation on options to address the gap in Australian Consumer Law (ACL) around unfair trading practices, Treasury has released a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS) and given stakeholders 91 days to respond starting 31st August and ending 29th November 2023.
Read More Consumer Groups Advocate for Change as Consultations Open on Unfair Trading Practices
The current product intervention orders came into effect on Friday 15 July 2022. They reinforce consumer protections by prohibiting the provision of short term credit and continuing credit contracts, which involve unreasonably high fees charged to retail clients. These fees exceed the cost caps imposed by the National Credit Code.
If not extended, the short term credit and continuing credit contracts product intervention orders will expire on 15 January 2024.
Read More ASIC Consultation on Extending Product Intervention Orders on Short Term Credit Facilities and Continuing Credit Contracts
AI is a rapidly growing area and increasingly relevant to our everyday lives – both positively and negatively. The Australian Federal Government has now opened consultation on the safe and responsible use of AI.
Read More Consultation Opens on Artificial Intelligence