Topic: Consumer affairs

Making Renting Simpler For Our Newest Victorians

The Andrews Labor government is making renting simpler for Victoria’s migrant communities with a series of multilingual videos that explain tenants’ rights and responsibilities. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz and Member for Western Metropolitan Cesar Melham launched the videos at the Western Community Legal Centre (WEstjustice) in Werribee today. First released in Dari, the […]

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Financial Counsellors Supporting Family Violence Victims

The Andrews Labor Government’s specialist family violence financial counselling service has helped more than 1100 victims across Victoria since October. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today visited the Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service in St Albans, where family violence financial counsellors have so far supported 44 women living in the Brimbank and Melton […]

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Online Scammers Target Older Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to help older Victorians stay safe online. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today launched a new awareness campaign to give older Victorians the tools to avoid scams while surfing the net. A Consumer Affairs Victoria survey released today shows nearly one in five older Victorians has fallen […]

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Putting The Brakes On Car Theft And Organised Crime

The Andrews Labor Government’s crackdown on organised crime has shifted up a gear with new laws to ban cash for scrap metal. This will help drive down car theft in Victoria by removing the lure of quick cash for criminals. Minister for Police Lisa Neville introduced the Justice Legislation Bill 2017 to Parliament to make […]

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Keep Your Friends Close To Avoid Social Media Scams

The Andrews Labor government is urging Victorians to accept Facebook friend requests wisely – and be alert to dating and romance scammers when using social media. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz is also urging Victorians, who lost $1.8 million in 2016 to social media scams, to tread carefully when forming relationships with people they don’t […]

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Standing up for Victorian renters and consumers

More Victorians are set to get the assistance they need when renting property in Victoria. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 will increase funding for the Tenancy and Consumer Program in the next financial year by 30 per cent. More than $18 million will be invested to deliver local assistance for tenants, particularly those in vulnerable or […]

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Simplifying House Prices For Buyers

New underquoting laws come into effect on 1 May that will make house sale prices clearer and more transparent for would-be buyers. The new laws include requirements for how estate agents estimate and advertise selling prices, making sure prospective buyers are given clear information about comparable and recent property sales in the same area. Hefty […]

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Underquoting Taskforce Strikes Again

A real estate agent has admitted to underquoting more than a dozen properties in Melbourne’s east. Harcourts Wantirna has offered Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) an enforceable undertaking following investigations by CAV’s underquoting taskforce, Taskforce Vesta. In relation to 13 properties, the agency: Admitted to misleading potential buyers by using a ‘blind price’ on realestate.com.au that […]

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Unsafe Products Crushed To Keep Geelong Consumers Safe

Geelong businesses are being warned to put product safety first, with thousands of unsafe items crushed following targeted inspections. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today joined Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens to crush more than 2,500 banned or unsafe products seized from businesses in the region since 2010. Kids’ toys make up the majority […]

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Long-Term Security For Tenants And Landlords

Victorian renters will finally be able to enjoy the safety and security of long-term leases. Announced today by the Andrews Labor Government, a new long-term standard tenancy agreement will be developed for leases of more than five years. The Government will also amend the Residential Tenancies Act to ensure it covers leases for longer than […]

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