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ACCC seeking views on news and digital platforms inquiry

The ACCC is looking forward to hearing the views of consumers, media organisations, digital platforms, advertising agencies and advertisers after today outlining the key issues it will be considering in its digital platforms inquiry.

As part of its public inquiry into the impact of digital platforms on media and advertising markets in Australia, the ACCC is seeking feedback on:

Consumers urged to fight back against record retailers' margins

Average petrol prices in Australia’s five largest cities increased significantly in the December 2017 quarter and hit their highest levels since 2015, according to the ACCC’s latest quarterly petrol report.

The ACCC found that average petrol prices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth increased by 12.6 cents per litre in the quarter to 135.1 cents per litre.

ACCC appeals Cussons decision

The ACCC has appealed from the Federal Court’s decision late last year to dismiss the ACCC’s proceedings against PZ Cussons Australia Pty Ltd (Cussons).

The ACCC took action against Cussons in 2013, alleging Cussons had engaged in cartel conduct by arriving at, and giving effect to, an understanding with two other laundry detergent manufacturers to cease supplying standard concentrate laundry detergents in early 2009, and supply only ultra concentrates from that time. 

ACCCount 1 October to 31 December 2017

ACCCount details the ACCC's activities in the enforcement of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, merger reviews, compliance actions, adjudication issues, economic regulation and international involvement.

Don't friend a scammer this Valentine's Day

The ACCC is warning people to be careful about who they ‘friend’ online this Valentine’s Day with stats showing people are most likely to be preyed upon by dating and romance scammers on social media sites.

Australians reported losses of $20.5 million to Scamwatch from dating and romance scams in 2017 with more than 3700 reports. These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. Women lost nearly twice as much money as men and people aged 45 and over are most likely to be targeted.

Victims scammed via Western Union may get refunds

The ACCC’s Scamwatch is urging all Australians who lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by 31 May* to try to get it back.

Western Union has agreed to pay a penalty of US$586 million to the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) after admitting to aiding and abetting wire fraud. The DOJ is using this penalty to provide refunds to eligible people worldwide who were tricked into paying scammers via Western Union.

Small business in focus - 1 July to 31 December 2017

This twice-yearly report provides a summary of ACCC activities in the small business, franchising and agriculture sectors.

39 per cent increase in consumer guarantee reports in 2017

More than 29,000 people reported consumer guarantee issues to the ACCC in 2017, with half noting problems getting remedies for faulty automotive, whitegoods or electronics products.

The ACCC is concerned by this growing trend, which shows a 39 per cent increase in reports about consumer guarantee issues when compared to the 21,000 received in 2016.

“It’s disappointing to see that more and more people are having issues enforcing their consumer guarantee rights,” ACCC Acting Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.