The ACCC is reminding people with disability to use their consumer rights when buying goods and services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and to be aware of the range of organisations that can assist when things go wrong.
The ACCC today published the draft rules for the Consumer Data Right (CDR) and is seeking feedback from consumers, businesses and community organisations.
The CDR will allow consumers to easily obtain access to their banking data and have it transferred to service providers who they trust.
This might, for example, be comparator or switching services, or providers of financial or budgeting advice. While commencing in the banking sector, it will eventually apply across a range of sectors.
The ACCC has accepted a variation to an undertaking provided by Woolworths in 2013 relating to its shopper docket fuel discount offers, which changes how Woolworths can fund the discounts.
In 2013, after an investigation into the escalating shopper docket fuel discount offers, the ACCC accepted an undertaking from Woolworths to limit the size and scope of fuel discounts linked to supermarket purchases. The undertaking required these discounts to be funded only through Woolworths’ petrol division.
The ACCC today published a discussion paper to begin consultation on how to best apply the Consumer Data Right in the energy sector.
The ACCC discussion paper sets out three options for accessing consumer energy data, and information on principles the ACCC will take into account when considering which access model is most appropriate.
Petrol prices in Australia’s five largest cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth) fell sharply at the end of last year, hitting lows not seen since August 2017.
Café, restaurant and take away food services industries will be the target of the ACCC’s next round of Franchising Code compliance checks.
The ACCC has responsibility for regulating the Franchising Code of Conduct in Australia, which includes conducting an active compliance check program.
“The ACCC receives more franchising code related reports from café, restaurant and take-away food franchisees than any other sector, and for this reason franchisors operating in this sector will be the target of our next round of checks” Deputy Chair Mick Keogh said.
Australia’s largest ever recall is nearly two thirds progressed with 2.8 million faulty Takata airbags replaced with around 1 million still outstanding.
More than 70 per cent of all affected airbag inflators have been replaced nationally since the Federal Government put manufacturers on notice in February last year.
“Despite good progress, both motorists and car manufacturers shouldn’t become complacent,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
“If you receive a letter or call from your car’s manufacturer, don’t delay or ignore it.”