Topic: Consumer affairs

Tough New Penalties For Out-Of-Control Parties

Badly behaved guests and short-stay apartment owners can now be hit with fines of up to $1,100 for breaches of conduct standards, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. New laws coming into effect today will help stop out-of-control parties in apartment buildings used for short-stay accommodation, strengthening protections for Victorian residents. Under the reforms to […]

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Check Up On Retailers Before You Checkout Online

Consumers are being warned to exercise extra caution when buying online, with new figures revealing a jump in complaints about online purchases in the last financial year. Consumer Affairs Victoria received 8,957 online shopping reports in 2017-18 – up 12 per cent from the previous financial year. Goods not being supplied or only partially supplied […]

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Dangerous Toys Stripped From Shelves Before Christmas

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) inspectors have seized more than 10,000 dangerous products before they could end up under Victorian Christmas trees and in the hands of our kids. Toys that present a choking hazard, projectiles, portable pools and household cots were among the items seized during 400 business inspections. Parents are being urged to take […]

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Building More Social Housing In Melbourne’s East

The Andrews Labor Government is providing safe, secure housing for vulnerable women and their children, including those escaping family violence. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz visited community housing agencies in Melbourne’s east and south-east today to announce $6.2 million in Victorian Property Fund (VPF) grants for three social housing projects that will create 97 […]

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New Laws Pass Parliament To Make Renting Fair

The Andrews Labor Government has passed new laws to make renting fair for all Victorians. In the biggest change to the Residential Tenancies Act since it was implemented more than two decades ago, the Labor Government passed new laws that will strengthen renters’ rights, better protect vulnerable tenants and enable people to turn the house they […]

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Safety Inspectors Give Showbags The Thumbs Up

Product safety experts have examined 341 showbags set for the Royal Melbourne Show and removed dangerous items to ensure there are no nasty surprises for show-goers. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz was joined by students from St Margaret Mary’s Spotswood Primary School today, who were given the chance to road test the showbags ahead […]

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Sun Sets On Dodgy Property Developers

The Andrews Labor Government is 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 2018 will restrict the use of sunset clauses without the purchaser’s consent. The changes mean off-the-plan contracts cannot be terminated by a vendor under a sunset clause […]

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Inaugural Commissioner For Residential Tenancies

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Dr Heather Holst as the inaugural Commissioner for Residential Tenancies. Dr Holst has almost 30 years of experience working in the housing, tenancy and homelessness sectors and is a strong champion for the rights of Victorian tenants. She has worked in Melbourne and regional Victoria in […]

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Stamping Out Bad Behaviour In Short-Stay Apartments

The Andrews Labor Government’s new laws to help stamp out bad behaviour in short-stay accommodation have passed Victorian Parliament. The Owners Corporation Amendment (Short-stay Accommodation) Bill 2016 will mean apartment owners can now be liable for any damage, noise or loss of amenity caused by their guests. VCAT has also been given new powers to […]

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Labor Government Unveils New Laws To Make Renting Fair

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled landmark new laws to make renting fair for all Victorians. In the biggest change to the Residential Tenancies Act since it was implemented more than two decades ago, the Labor Government has announced more than 130 reforms that will strengthen renters’ rights, better protect vulnerable tenants and enable people to […]

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