Category: Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

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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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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