Enforcement

The ACL is administered and enforced jointly by the ACCC and the State and Territory consumer protection agencies, with the involvement of ASIC on relevant matters.

All Australian consumer protection agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) [PDF 1.7MB] which sets out the way in which they will work together to administer and enforce the ACL.

The MOU also includes the New Zealand Ministry of Consumer Affairs and the New Zealand Commerce Commission, reflecting the increasingly integrated nature of Australia's and New Zealand's markets.

To assist businesses, legal practitioners and consumer advocates understand how the ACL is administered, the ACCC, ASIC and the State and Territory consumer protection agencies have jointly produced a Compliance and enforcement guide [PDF 449KB] [DOC 168KB].