Category: Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

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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Know Your Rights When Moving House

The Andrews Labor Government is urging Victorians who are moving to be vigilant when hiring a furniture removal company, following a jump in the number of reports about removal and freight services. Moving house is one of life’s more stressful tasks – made all the more painful if your valued furniture and possessions are damaged, […]

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Tough New Penalties For Out-Of-Control Parties

Badly behaved guests and short-stay apartment owners can now be hit with fines of up to $1,100 for breaches of conduct standards, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. New laws coming into effect today will help stop out-of-control parties in apartment buildings used for short-stay accommodation, strengthening protections for Victorian residents. Under the reforms to […]

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Check Up On Retailers Before You Checkout Online

Consumers are being warned to exercise extra caution when buying online, with new figures revealing a jump in complaints about online purchases in the last financial year. Consumer Affairs Victoria received 8,957 online shopping reports in 2017-18 – up 12 per cent from the previous financial year. Goods not being supplied or only partially supplied […]

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Dangerous Toys Stripped From Shelves Before Christmas

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) inspectors have seized more than 10,000 dangerous products before they could end up under Victorian Christmas trees and in the hands of our kids. Toys that present a choking hazard, projectiles, portable pools and household cots were among the items seized during 400 business inspections. Parents are being urged to take […]

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Building More Social Housing In Melbourne’s East

The Andrews Labor Government is providing safe, secure housing for vulnerable women and their children, including those escaping family violence. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz visited community housing agencies in Melbourne’s east and south-east today to announce $6.2 million in Victorian Property Fund (VPF) grants for three social housing projects that will create 97 […]

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