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Don’t Duck Out, Make it SAFE

The ACCC and state and territory consumer protection/product safety regulators have joined forces this summer with Royal Life Saving Society – Australia to educate parents and carers about the drowning dangers associated with portable pools, and provide tips to keep kids safe.

On Thursday 15 November the Don’t Duck Out, Make it SAFE campaign was launched across Australia detailing the safeguards needed to prevent drowning in portable pools.

Anyone thinking about purchasing a portable pool should take a few minutes to take a look at www.productsafety.gov.au/makeitsafe.

Review of Unfair Contract Term Protections for Small Business

In November 2016, the unfair contract term (UCT) protections in the Australian Consumer Law and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 were extended to small business contracts.

The Government is reviewing the extension to small business contracts and is seeking feedback on the impact and whether the objective set for the original reform has been met. It is also seeking views about whether any changes are required to improve the current framework.

If you would like to make a submission to the review or leave a short comment, please visit the consultation page.

Grocery Unit Pricing Review

The Government is reviewing the Retail Grocery Industry (Unit Pricing) Code of Conduct (the Code). The Code requires certain grocery retailers to use unit pricing when selling particular grocery items to consumers in addition to the selling price.

Unit pricing allows consumers to compare between different brands and sizes of grocery items using common units of measure.

The Government will assess the effectiveness of the Code through the consultation and, if appropriate, remake the Code before its scheduled sunset date.

If you would like to contribute to the review or complete a short consumer survey please visit the consultation page.

Make Sharing Fair

The national project ‘Make Sharing Fair’, implemented across Australian jurisdictions between 13 November and 24 December 2017, aimed to provide users of the sharing economy (consumers, traders and sharing economy platforms) with information about their ACL rights and responsibilities when engaging in trade and commerce using a sharing economy platform.

For more information, please visit the sharing economy platforms page.