Topic: Consumer affairs

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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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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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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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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Online Gambling Restrictions To Reduce Consumer Harm

In an Australian-first, the Andrews Labor Government is tightening rules for online betting operators in a bid to provide stronger consumer protections for Victorians gambling online. From 26 May 2019, online betting operators must comply with strict requirements for betting account deposit limits, restrictions on direct marketing and a ban on perks that encourage consumers […]

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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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