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Victorian households are staring down the barrel of yet another electricity price hike after the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) overturned significant aspects of the ruling of the energy industry’s independent regulator.

Read More Consumers the losers as competition tribunal sides with power companies – yet again.

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Households can look forward to the long promised but often delayed benefits of smart meters following the Victorian Government’s decision to go ahead with the rollout, due to be completed by the end of 2013. The decision, along with the additional safeguards announced by the Hon. Michael O’Brien, Minister for Energy and Resources, means the…

Read More Public education the key to realising the benefits of Victoria’s smart meter rollout

A new national campaign will help consumers put an end to unwelcome, dishonest and intimidating door-to-door salespeople. The centrepiece of the campaign is the free Do Not Knock sticker which, when displayed in a prominent location, sends a clear message to salespeople – they are not welcome at this residence. Get yours at donotknock.org.au

Read More Door to door sales people meet a sticky end

CFA is involved in Standards Australia’s roadmap to support the deployment of Smart Grids in Australia. Smart grids have the potential to provide greater ability to incorporate and distribute renewable energy, save money through reduced demand, and empower consumers to manage their energy use.

Read More The future of smart grids – Standards Australia roadmap

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Enabling technologies have the potential to underpin consumer benefits in areas such as medical treatments, energy generation and environmental remediation. But they may also pose new health, safety and environmental risks, CFA is the Council established to provide advice to government on future directions of their strategy on enabling technologies.

Read More National Enabling Technologies Strategy: A national approach

The Productivity Commission’s report on its Inquiry into Australia’s Urban Water Sector is a mixed bag for water consumers, but it strongly endorses the need for consumer advocacy on water policy and on consumer policy generally.

Read More Productivity Commission reconfirms need for national consumer advocacy and research

The Productivity Commission has released the final report on its inquiry into Australia’s urban water sector, proposing profound changes to the way water services are provided in cities and regional towns across Australia. Along the way it restated its support for national funding of a peak consumer advocacy organisation.

Read More Profound changes to urban water services recommended