Topic: Consumer affairs

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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

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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Helping Renters Make A House Into A Home

The Andrews Labor Government is giving renters the security of a long-term lease as part of its plan to make housing more stable and affordable for Victorians. The Residential Tenancies Amendment (Long-Term Tenancy Agreements) Bill 2017 will pave the way for new long-term tenancy agreements and an online matching service for landlords and tenants. Currently, […]

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Safety Warning For Leaking Hot Water Bottles

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz is urging Victorians to watch out for a batch of faulty hot water bottles capable of causing serious burns and injury. A consumer complaint has unearthed thousands of faulty water bottles from Wens Bros Trading Pty Ltd – which trades from a Hallam retail outlet […]

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‘It’s Okay To Walk Away’ To Empower Koori Consumers

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Koori consumers to walk away from high pressure sales pitches as part of a national consumer rights campaign. The It’s Okay to Walk Away campaign aims to help Koori consumers in urban and regional and rural areas of Victoria identify high pressure sales tactics and to inform them of […]

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Cracking Down On Underquoting To Protect Home Buyers

The Andrews Labor Government’s crackdown on underquoting is bearing fruit, with more real estate agents prosecuted for misleading home buyers. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz said the Labor Government’s tough stance on underquoting was protecting Victorian homebuyers, and ensuring the price advertised for a house is a true reflection of its value. In 2015 […]

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Making Renting Simpler For Our Newest Victorians

The Andrews Labor government is making renting simpler for Victoria’s migrant communities with a series of multilingual videos that explain tenants’ rights and responsibilities. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz and Member for Western Metropolitan Cesar Melham launched the videos at the Western Community Legal Centre (WEstjustice) in Werribee today. First released in Dari, the […]

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