Topic: Consumer affairs

New Consumer Policy And Research Hub Launched

The Andrews Labor Government has established a new research centre dedicated to improving access, fairness and protections for Victorian consumers. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz joined newly-appointed CEO Lauren Solomon in Parliament today to launch the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC). The CPRC will investigate areas such as changes in the housing market, dispute […]

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Helping Renters Make A House Into A Home

The Andrews Labor Government is giving renters the security of a long-term lease as part of its plan to make housing more stable and affordable for Victorians. The Residential Tenancies Amendment (Long-Term Tenancy Agreements) Bill 2017 will pave the way for new long-term tenancy agreements and an online matching service for landlords and tenants. Currently, […]

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A Fairer Pricing System For Gaming Machines In Victoria

Venues that earn the most from pokies will be forced to pay more tax under changes announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz said the new gaming machine pricing system would increase taxes for pubs, clubs and hotels with high-earning gaming machines. The increased revenue these changes […]

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Safety Warning For Leaking Hot Water Bottles

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz is urging Victorians to watch out for a batch of faulty hot water bottles capable of causing serious burns and injury. A consumer complaint has unearthed thousands of faulty water bottles from Wens Bros Trading Pty Ltd – which trades from a Hallam retail outlet […]

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‘It’s Okay To Walk Away’ To Empower Koori Consumers

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Koori consumers to walk away from high pressure sales pitches as part of a national consumer rights campaign. The It’s Okay to Walk Away campaign aims to help Koori consumers in urban and regional and rural areas of Victoria identify high pressure sales tactics and to inform them of […]

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Cracking Down On Underquoting To Protect Home Buyers

The Andrews Labor Government’s crackdown on underquoting is bearing fruit, with more real estate agents prosecuted for misleading home buyers. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz said the Labor Government’s tough stance on underquoting was protecting Victorian homebuyers, and ensuring the price advertised for a house is a true reflection of its value. In 2015 […]

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Victoria Freezes Pokie Numbers For 25 Years

The number of gaming machines in Victoria will be frozen for 25 years under reforms being undertaken by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today announced new gaming machine arrangements that will help limit gambling related harm and give certainty to pubs, clubs and hotels across Victoria. […]

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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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