Indigenous

Court finds that Birubi Art misled consumers over fake Indigenous Australian art

The Federal Court has found that Birubi Art Pty Ltd (Birubi) made false or misleading representations that products it sold were made in Australia and hand painted by Australian Aboriginal persons, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

From July 2015 to November 2017 Birubi sold over 18,000 boomerangs, bullroarers, digeridoos and message stones to retail outlets around Australia.

These products, despite featuring designs associated with Australian Aboriginal art and words such as ‘Aboriginal Art’, ‘genuine’, and ‘Australia’, were made in Indonesia.

Yarrabah community to host inaugural consumer law conference

Far North Queensland's Yarrabah Aboriginal Community and the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) will host its annual consumer law regulator conference on Tuesday 31 July 2018.

NICS members, which include the ACCC, ASIC, state and territory fair trading agencies and the Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network (ICAN), will hear from community representatives on issues including obstacles to consumer empowerment as well as recognising culture and history.

ACCC takes action against FDRA for alleged consumer law breaches in Aboriginal communities

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against FDRA Pty Ltd (FDRA) (formerly known as Angel digital) and its shareholder and director Jackson Anni (also known as Temitope Ayodele Anifowose) alleging unconscionable conduct, false or misleading conduct, and breaches of the unsolicited consumer agreement provisions of the Australian Consumer Law in the supply of electronic tablet devices.

Be smart - buy smart

In an endeavour to provide Indigenous consumers with information on their consumer rights, the Be Smart - Buy Smart booklet provides helpful tips and information about shopping rights and responsibilities under Australian Consumer Law.

It is part of a joint consumer awareness initiative by all state and territory consumer protection agencies in Australia, with support from the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy Reference Group.  

Unconscionable conduct in the Indigenous art & craft sector

Know your rights and how to protect yourself - a guide for artists and art centres assisting artists

Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-18

This RAP is a reflection of our firm commitment to contribute to closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader Australian community.

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