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Australian Consumer Law Review: ACL Amendments

In August 2017, Consumer Affairs Ministers agreed to a package of 14 legislative reforms to improve the operation of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

The legislative reforms were proposed by the Final Report of 2017 ACL Review.

Views are sought on the design of the exposure draft legislation and regulations (and accompanying draft explanatory materials).

These exposure drafts include amendments to:

  • clarify existing provisions relating to consumer guarantees, voluntary recalls, unsolicited consumer agreements and false billing;
  • enhance the regulators’ information gathering powers for investigations in relation to product safety and unfair contract terms;
  • extend the unconscionable conduct protections to publicly listed companies;
  • expand the remedies available to the courts for contraventions of the ACL; and
  • improve price transparency.

The exposure drafts and accompanying draft explanatory materials are available to download.

Submissions will inform the final drafting of the Bill and the Regulations.

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.

Submissions must be received no later than 5pm Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Responding

You can submit responses to this consultation up until 28 February 2018.

Interested parties are invited to comment on this consultation.

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.

How to respond

Post

Address written submissions to:

Shelby Schofield
Consumer Policy Unit
The Treasury
Langton Crescent
PARKES ACT 2600

Enquiries

consumerlaw@treasury.gov.auMiss Shelby Schofield +61 2 6263 3314