Unfair trading practices - Consultation Regulation Impact Statement

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Consultation Type
Consultation Paper

Key Documents

In September 2022, the Commonwealth, state and territory consumer ministers agreed that the Commonwealth would lead a public consultation on options to address unfair trading practices on behalf of all jurisdictions. 

The Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (Consultation RIS) seeks further evidence on the nature of unfair trading practices in Australia and the extent of consumer and small business harm arising from potential gaps in the Australian Consumer Law. Treasury is also seeking stakeholder feedback on policy options to address unfair trading practices in Australia.

Unfair trading practices are particular types of commercial conduct which are not prohibited by existing provisions of Australia’s consumer laws, but which can nevertheless distort competition and result in significant consumer and small business harm.


Interested parties are invited to comment on this consultation, you can submit a response up until 29 November 2023.

While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.

Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.

View our submission guidelines for further information.

How To Respond




Address written submissions to:

Consumer Policy and Product Safety Unit
Market Conduct and Digital Division
Langton Cres
Parkes ACT 2600


Email: consumerlaw@treasury.gov.au