Topic: Consumer affairs

Doors Open For Pets In Rental Properties

Victorians will no longer be forced to choose between the pet they love and a place to live, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s historic new laws coming into effect today. From today renters will be able to keep a pet in their rental property with written consent from their rental provider. The new laws […]

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Victorian Home Buyers Protected From Unfair Practices

Victorians purchasing property now have more protection from unfair sales practices, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s historic new laws. From today, vendors and agents cannot knowingly conceal any material facts about a property when selling land. Material facts include whether a murder had occurred on the property, if the property had been used as […]

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Premium Victorian Produce Leads The World At Gulfood

Victoria’s world-class produce will be showcased to an international audience this week in the Middle East as more than 25 leading food and beverage companies continue a growing presence in the global food market. Consumer Affairs and Suburban Development Minister Marlene Kairouz today officially opened the Victorian Government stand at Gulfood, Dubai which attracts up […]

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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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