Consumer policy news and updates from Consumers Federation of Australia members, regulators, policy makers, researchers and others. Extracted from the Federation’s latest newsletter: SUBSCRIBE HERE

CFA joins the Stop the Debt Trap Alliance

Consumers’ Federation of Australia has joined a group of financial experts, community advocates, and service providers determined to see stronger laws implemented to protect Australians from irresponsible lenders. 

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Review finds customer loyalty schemes need transparency and fairness

The ACCC's Customer Loyalty Schemes Draft Report recommends better protection of personal data and greater communication with members.

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Australians paying millions too much for foreign currency services

Australian consumers are paying too much for foreign currency conversion services because of confusing pricing and a lack of robust competition, a new ACCC report has found. 

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CFA asks Federal Government to release its plans for unit pricing regulation

CFA has written to the federal Minister for Consumer Affairs, Michael Sukkar MP, asking him to release the government’s plans for the regulations that require large supermarkets to provide shoppers with the unit price of pre-packaged grocery products.

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Researching the impact of financial difficulty assistance: Request for participation

CFA member Nicola Howell (PhD researcher, Melbourne Law School and Senior Lecturer at QUT) is researching the impact of financial difficulty assistance, bankruptcy and debt agreements on consumer debtors.Nicola is inviting people who have used one of these options to complete an online survey. 

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Consumer Connections Magazine out now

Consumer, Building and Occupational Services Tasmania provides some useful tips to consumers. 

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Parents demand Canberra act on unsafe products

An analysis of CHOICE test data has found key products designed for children still pose a risk.

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Standard on drinking water treatment units open for public comment

The Standard specifies performance requirements for the design, installation and testing of drinking-water treatment units designed for domestic and commercial application

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Consumer Affairs Forum meets to discuss consumer protection and fair trading

The meeting included discussion of consumer guarantees, unfair contract terms, ticket reselling, financial consumer protection and Australia’s product safety framework.

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ACCC recommends greater protection for consumers online

ACCC's Digital Platforms Inquiry final report reccomends reform to  the competition law, consumer protection practices, privacy law and media regulation that govern digital platforms. 

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AuthorRay Dennis