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The Productivity Commission is recommending a major overhaul of Australia's data policy framework, including the introduction of a Comprehensive Right to give people more control over their data. Changes in the way business and government manage people's data needs to be a priority if Australia...
In 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the establishment of a ‘single law, multiple regulator’ model for general consumer protection in Australia. This model was based on the recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s 2008 report, Review of Australia’s Consumer Policy Framework....
While Australia's consumer policy framework has considerable strengths, parts of it require an overhaul. The first step in this process should be the introduction of a single generic consumer law applying across Australia, based on the consumer provisions in the Trade Practices Act, modified to...
Australia's consumer policy framework has considerable strengths, but parts of it require an overhaul if it is to effectively meet the needs of consumers, businesses and the community in the decades ahead. At present, its capacity to deliver good outcomes is compromised by institutional deficiencies...
The current regulatory system plays a necessary and important role in identifying and removing unsafe products through recalls, bans and standards. Overall, the regulatory system, in combination with other mechanisms, delivers a reasonable level of product safety, as expected by Australian consumers. Nevertheless there is...
This discussion draft presents the initial findings of the commissioned study, Consumer Product Safety. Comments on the draft are invited.
Released 9 August 2005