Category: Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

Dangerous Products Removed From Shelves Ahead Of Christmas

Thousands of dangerous and unsafe products have been removed from Victorian shelves, with inspectors swooping on businesses in the lead up to Christmas. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today revealed a haul of dodgy products seized during statewide inspections of retailers and wholesalers. Through November and December, Consumer Affairs Victoria conducted more than 400 […]

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Record $880,000 Penalty For Underquoting Handed Down

The Federal Court has handed down the largest penalty for underquoting in Victoria’s history, with an eastern Melbourne real estate agency fined $880,000. Fletcher & Parker (Balwyn) Pty Ltd was today found to have engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct, and to have made false or misleading representations about the sale of land. It follows […]

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Victorians Urged To Say No To Travelling Con Men

The Andrews Labor Government is urging Victorians to be wary of travelling con men with the launch of a new campaign to help people spot the signs of danger. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today unveiled the new campaign, which warns Victorians to watch out for people who knock on their door or approach […]

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The Block Auctions Subject To New Underquoting Laws

Five properties set to go under the hammer as part of Channel Nine’s The Block on Saturday will be closely monitored for compliance with the Andrews Labor Government’s new underquoting laws. The strict new laws introduced in May provide more transparency for home-buyers, with new requirements for how estate agents estimate and advertise selling prices, […]

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$200,000 For CALD Projects To Reduce Gambling Harm

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Victorian community organisations to apply for funding under a new $200,000 grants program to help prevent or reduce gambling harm in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Grants of up to $20,000 are available to grassroots CALD organisations for projects that offer assistance in combating problem gambling in these […]

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Apprentices Launch Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

The Andrews Labor Government is backing an innovative problem gambling project targeting apprentices working in Victoria’s building and construction industry. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz joined apprentices from Incolink’s Apprentice Prevention Education Project to launch Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) 2017 at RMIT University. Education programs are vital for industries like building […]

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Belle Gibson Penalised For Misleading Health Claims

Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz has welcomed the orders handed down against Belle Gibson in the Federal Court of Australia today. The court ordered that Ms Gibson pay penalties totalling $410,000 for five contraventions of section 21 of the Australian Consumer Law (Vic). Consumer Affairs Victoria took legal action to protect Australians from groundless […]

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Sweeping Reforms To Tackle Pokies Harm

Strict withdrawal limits at gaming venues and added restrictions on pokies numbers in regions most affected by gambling will be imposed as part of new measures announced by the Andrews Labor Government. EFTPOS cash withdrawals at gaming venues in Victoria will soon be limited to $500 within a 24-hour period and the practice of cashing […]

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Gambling Ad Ban Near Schools, Roads And Public Transport

The Andrews Labor Government will ban betting advertising on roads, public transport, and within 150 metres of all Victorian schools. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today announced new laws that will shield vulnerable Victorians, particularly school aged children, from the promotion of gambling. The Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 will apply to […]

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Liquor And Gaming Inspector Jobs For Regional Victoria

Ararat and Sale will be home to two new regional liquor and gaming inspector hubs, following a funding boost by the Andrews Labor Government to hire permanent inspectors in regional Victoria. The government provided $11.3 million over four years to the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) in the 2017/18 State Budget to […]

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