Category: Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

Review Into Decriminalisation Of Sex Work

The Andrews Labor Government will conduct a review to consider the decriminalisation of sex work in order to achieve better public health and human rights outcomes. The regulation of sex work has not undergone a significant review in Victoria since 1985 – and given calls for sex work reform across Australia and growing interest in […]

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Don’t Be Spooked By Unsafe Products This Halloween

Victorians should take care to make sure they are safe from scary products this Halloween with inspectors from Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) removing almost 12,000 unsafe products from the shelves this year. As Halloween continues to gain popularity in Australia, new products are constantly introduced to our shelves, including toys and cosmetic items. Minister for […]

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Have Your Say On New Retirement Village Laws

Victorians can now have their say on retirement village laws as part of a review of the Retirement Villages Act 1986. The review aims to update laws about retirement villages to further protect consumers, as well as encourage growth and innovation in the sector. As part of the review, Consumer Affairs Victoria will also be […]

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Beware Of Fake Tradies This Summer

Victorians are being urged to be cautious of fake tradies ahead of summer following a 200 per cent increase in the total amount of money lost by victims. Almost $3 million was lost by Victorians last year, up from $1 million the previous year. Margaret Connell is just one of the hundreds of Victorians who […]

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Funding To Tackle Local Gambling Harm

The Andrews Labor Government is preventing gambling harm across Victoria through state-wide grants for 14 community-based, not-for-profit organisations. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today attended a Gambling Harm Awareness Week workshop in Bendigo and announced $2 million in grant funding. One of the grant recipients is Bendigo Community Health, which will look […]

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Support For Mental Health And Gambling Harm Program

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more Victorians experiencing gambling harm and mental health issues access critical help services across the state. Alfred Health’s Mental Health and Gambling Program will receive a $1.2 million funding boost over three years from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. This will strengthen the model of care for clients and […]

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Public Libraries Open Doors As Gambling Alternative

The Andrews Labor Government is expanding the Libraries After Dark program giving vulnerable Victorians access to six additional libraries for evening activities. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today announced that Dandenong, Springvale, Sebastopol and Moe were the successful funding recipients for the next stage of the Libraries After Dark project. Werribee Plaza […]

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Cracking Down On Rogue Real Estate Agents

The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on rogue real estate agents with 39 infringement notices worth almost $200,000 issued during the last financial year. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz said these fines are being used to immediately put a stop to agents underquoting. Consumer Affairs Victoria inspectors have issued 39 infringements worth almost […]

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Showbags Score Tick Of Approval From Safety Inspectors

Visitors to this year’s Royal Melbourne Show won’t need to worry about dangerous items in showbags after product safety inspectors examined and tested more than 360 and found no cause for concern. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz spent the morning with students from Oakleigh South Primary School, who were provided with an exclusive preview […]

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Avoiding Ticket Scams And Rip-Offs

Consumers are being reminded to stay mindful when purchasing tickets to events, following a significant increase in ticket-related complaints in recent years. In the 2018-19 financial year there were 363 ticket-related reports to Consumer Affairs Victoria – up from 215 contacts in 2015-16. Consumers are reporting overpaying for tickets and fees after finding out the […]

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