Category: Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

Fake Tradies Target Residents In The North East

Residents in Victoria’s North East are being warned to be vigilant against a group of fake tradies after they scammed homeowners in the area out of $41,000. The warning comes after record losses experienced by consumers at the hands of fake tradies — over $2.5 million in 2018–19, more than double the amount lost the previous […]

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No Discounting Consumer Rights In End Of Year Sales

With Victorians set to spend billions of dollars at end of financial year sales this month, consumers are being reminded that their rights don’t belong in the bargain bin. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz advised shoppers that if there are problems with a product, they still have rights—regardless of whether a product is on […]

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New Laws Pass Protecting Victorian Homeowners

The Andrews Labor Government has enshrined laws protecting Victorians buying property off-the-plan from delay tactics used by some property developers to rip people off. The Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2019 has passed the Parliament, ensuring future and current homeowners are protected by up-to-date property laws. Changes to sunset clauses under the new laws now […]

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Fighting Gambling Harm Across Victoria

Individuals experiencing gambling harm will be able to continue accessing critical support services, with the Andrews Labor Government investing more in Gambler’s Help providers across the state. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today visited Ballarat to announce $49 million funding for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation to administer the Local Gambler’s Help […]

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Online Gambling Restrictions To Reduce Consumer Harm

In an Australian-first, the Andrews Labor Government is tightening rules for online betting operators in a bid to provide stronger consumer protections for Victorians gambling online. From 26 May 2019, online betting operators must comply with strict requirements for betting account deposit limits, restrictions on direct marketing and a ban on perks that encourage consumers […]

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Compensating Residents Forced Out By Park Closures

The Andrews Labor Government is making life easier for caravan and residential park residents, who now may be eligible to receive compensation in the event of a park closure, under new reforms coming into effect today. There has been a spate of park closures in the past few years, often leaving the state’s most vulnerable […]

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The Sun Sets On Dodgy Developers And Landbankers

The Andrews Labor Government is protecting Victorians buying property off-the-plan from delay tactics used by some property developers to rip people off. Changes to sunset clauses under the Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2019 will mean developers can only exercise a sunset clause with written consent from the buyer, or by an order of the […]

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New CEO For Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, today announced the appointment of Shane Lucas as the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s new Chief Executive Officer. His appointment follows an extensive national executive search and recruitment process undertaken by the Foundation’s Board between November 2018 and February 2019. Mr Lucas has held executive […]

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Funding Boost For Research Into Harm From Gambling

Five early career researchers will share in almost $250,000 in grants awarded by the Andrews Labor Government to study gambling behaviours among vulnerable Victorians. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz said that one of the projects would be the first Victorian research into gambling experiences for people with a lifelong disability. The other […]

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Don’t Fall For Romance Scammers On Valentines Day

The Andrews Labor Government is urging Victorians to avoid being exploited by heartless scammers when looking for love online ahead of Valentine’s Day. According to the ScamWatch website, dating and romance scams accounted for more than $24 million in losses across Australia in 2018, with Victorians losing more than $4.1 million. A 69-year-old man lost […]

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