Topic: Consumer affairs

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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Campaign To Protect Home Buyers Against Underquoting

A new campaign will ensure prospective homebuyers know their rights under strict new underquoting laws introduced by the Andrews Labor Government to protect Victorians. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz in Fairfield today to launch a new Underquoting Consumer Education Campaign. The campaign will run across radio, […]

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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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Andrews Labor Government Will Make Renting Fair

The Andrews Labor Government will make renting fair, with an unprecedented package of tenancy reforms. More than one in four Victorians rent their home, a number that is increasing as it becomes more difficult for many Victorians to break into the housing market. They need and deserve better protection. The Labor Government’s rental fairness package […]

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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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Showbags Safe And Ready For The Show

More than 350 showbags have passed rigorous safety inspections and are ready for the Royal Melbourne Show. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz visited the showgrounds today to give 30 disadvantaged kids a free showbag ahead of the opening of the annual event on 23 September. Consumer Affairs Victoria have examined more than 3400 items […]

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New Consumer Policy And Research Hub Launched

The Andrews Labor Government has established a new research centre dedicated to improving access, fairness and protections for Victorian consumers. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz joined newly-appointed CEO Lauren Solomon in Parliament today to launch the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC). The CPRC will investigate areas such as changes in the housing market, dispute […]

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