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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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Lottery Ticket Sellers Boosted By Increased Commissions

Hundreds of small businesses will be better off after the Andrews Labor Government made changes to the way lottery tickets are sold. Around 750 news and lottery agents in Victoria – many which are small businesses – will now reap the benefits of increased commission rates through digital ticket sales. As it currently stands lottery […]

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Tiny Homes Unveiled During Homelessness Prevention Week

People experiencing homelessness now have more housing options with the opening of the first six of a planned 57 tiny homes on vacant government-owned land. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz and Minister for Housing Richard Wynne toured the units today to mark the beginning of Homelessness Prevention Week. The six self-contained units are now […]

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Freeze On Late-Night Liquor Licences Extended

The Andrews Labor Government is extending an existing freeze on late-night liquor licences in the inner-city municipalities of Melbourne, Port Phillip, Yarra and Stonnington to control the density of liquor licenses and related anti-social behaviour in major entertainment precincts. Under revised guidelines, existing venues remain exempt and new venues can still apply to trade past […]

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Battling Identity Crime At Shredfest

Victorians are being urged to protect themselves from identity theft ahead of the end of the financial year. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today joined locals for the free, large-scale paper-shredding event in Footscray, which provides an opportunity for people to safely dispose of documents containing personal information. A shredding truck was on site […]

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Rent Increases Capped To Once Every 12 Months

The Andrews Labor Government is capping rent increases to once every 12 months from today to make renting fairer for all Victorians. Prior to the changes, landlords were able to increase rent every six months under a tenancy agreement, leaving vulnerable or disadvantaged tenants often in a precarious financial situation. The cap on rent increases […]

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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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