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The Australian Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS) is an industry scheme that sets standards for signatory travel agencies and tour operators. ATAS is administered by the Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA). Under ATAS, businesses maintain a complaint handling process that is easy and free to access. Where complaints are unresolved, they can be escalated to the…

Read More Non-Economic Loss Now Part of Travel Complaints Scheme

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More Australians will now have access to support from financial counsellors with the launch of the Financial Counselling Industry Fund (FCIF). The FCIF is the result of a collaboration between the financial counselling sector and a number of industries and companies – Australian Banking Association member banks, Australian Energy Council, Energy Networks Australia, Insurance Council…

Read More Financial Counselling Industry Fund Launches

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The Australian Finance Industry Association (AFIA) is reviewing its Car Rental Code. Signatories of this code include Avis Budget Group, Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty, East Coast Car Rentals, Sixt, Bayswater Car Rental and Redspot/Enterprise. The Code ensures an industry standard is met on a number of issues, including transparency of pricing and credit card charging practices,…

Read More Seeking CFA Member to Prepare a Submission to a Review of the AFIA Car Rental Code

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“Industry should be providing consumers with clear information about which devices will and won’t work with Triple Zero and can be relied on to access emergency services. The working group and the major telcos must clearly communicate to consumers how they can identify if their device will work after the 3G shutdown, or whether they need to upgrade their device.”

Read More Industry Working Group Welcomed by Consumers as Deadline for the 3G Network Approaches

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About the Opportunity Established in 2021, the Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) Code of Practice sets best practice standards for the sector and strengthens consumer protections. The BNPL providers accredited to this Code represent an estimated 95 percent of the BNPL market – Afterpay, Brighte, Humm Group, Klarna, Payright, Plenti and Zip Co. The Australian…

Read More Consumer Representative Opportunity: Buy Now Pay Later Code Compliance Committee

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Original media release by and for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (14/03/2024). The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) have published new information to help banks, insurers and superannuation trustees prepare for the commencement of the Financial Accountability Regime (FAR). The FAR, which takes effect for banks…

Read More Industry Information Package Released in Preparation for the Financial Accountability Regime

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Despite a decline in breaches overall, the latest report from the Banking Code Compliance Committee (BCCC) shows a concerning increase in breaches of bank obligations to support customers facing financial difficulty.

The report, Compliance with the Banking Code of Practice for January to June 2023, notes that breaches of obligations for dealing with customers facing financial difficulty have increased by nearly 40%.

This comes amidst a 9% decline in overall breaches, signalling a welcome success in efforts to improve practices.

Read More Increase in Banks’ Breaches of Financial Difficulty Obligations

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Every Australian deserves equitable access to banking services. That’s why the Australian Banking Association (ABA) has broadened the scope of its accessibility framework to ensure the banking sector remains inclusive in a fast-changing digital landscape.
An important addition to the Accessibility and Inclusion Principles for Banking Services is a section on embedding accessibility into digital authentication processes, as the banking industry steps up its fight against scams, fraud and identiy theft. 

Read More ABA Updates and Broadens Accessibility Framework

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Following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) September 2022 Digital Platform Services Inquiry report, and the Albanese Government’s commitment in November to mandatory industry codes regarding scams (consultation closes 29/01/2024) has now announced an in-principle agreement to desperately needed new consumer and competition laws regarding digital platforms. Currently, the government is requesting that industry…

Read More Government Responds to ACCC’s Digital Platform Recommendations

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A report from our Consumers International Global Congress representative, Deputy Chair Chandni Gupta Final day of the 2023 Global Congress and the pace remained fast and fascinating with enlightening presentations with a key focus on sustainability to close off the conference. Below are some highlights from Day 3. Sustainable appliances for a green transition An…

Read More Building a Resilient Future – Day 3 of Consumers International Global Congress

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“The ACCC will closely assess any proposed response, and in particular the extent to which it secures ongoing access to cash in remote and regional areas where bank branches are limited and members of the public often access cash through non-bank sources including Australia Post and retailers,” ACCC Acting Chair Catriona Lowe said.

“A key condition of this interim authorisation is that the ABA report on their discussions to maintain access to cash in regional and remote areas. This will be an important consideration for any future application for authorisation by the industry.”

Read More ACCC Authorises Industry Collaboration for Sustainable Access to Cash