telco-code-lead

Premium SMS services target school kids

SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?

24 Feb 2014 | CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.

call-for-ban-on-waitlist-fees-at-childcare-centres-lead

Call for ban on childcare wait list fees

Parents paying up to $500 in non-refundable childcare waiting list fees.

24 Feb 2014 | National parent advocacy group The Parenthood is calling for a ban on non-refundable childcare waiting list fees.

Country of origin labelling

Country of origin a source of confusion

Consumers don't fare well when it comes to deciphering food origin labels.

19 Feb 2014 | A CHOICE survey shows shoppers' understanding of country-of-origin claims is poor.

energy-bills

Fixed energy pricing on the horizon in Australia?

Customers to have their say about whether retailers should be allowed to continue raising electricity and gas prices during fixed-term contracts.

17 Feb 2014 | Did you know energy companies can increase prices mid-contract? The Australian Energy Market Commission is accepting consumer submissions on a proposed rule to change it.

Academic Ken Harvey quits over Swisse deal

Academic quits over Swisse deal

Dr Ken Harvey has resigned his position at La Trobe University in protest against a partnership with Swisse.

6 Feb 2014 | Consumer health advocate, Dr Ken Harvey, has resigned his position as Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health in protest over a $15m Swisse partnership with La Trobe University.

ONLINE_CosmeticGeoblocking_LEAD_Compact

How to spot fake cosmetics

If the price seems too good to be true, that designer lipstick may just be a counterfeit.

6 Feb 2014 | With convincing packaging and improved production methods, spotting fake designer products is no longer easy.

ONLINE_Banking_LEAD

Partial win on bank penalty fees

Australian Federal court rules ANZ's late payment bank fees are illegal.

5 Feb 2014 | CHOICE cautiously applauds a Federal Court decision calling for ANZ to reimburse about 43,000 customers for bank penalty fees as high as $45.

credit-card-surcharges-lead

Excessive credit card surcharge update

CHOICE research reinforces the need for more to be done to lower excessive credit card surcharges.

31 Jan 2014 | The latest CHOICE research reveals that excessive credit card surcharging continues despite recent RBA changes designed to limit the practice.

waterpark_lead

Wet'n'Wild refunds

NSW Fair Trading insists on consumer payback after New Year's Eve event cancelled at the last minute

2 Jan 2014 | Urged by Fair Trading to offer refunds, the promoters at Sydney's Wet'n'Wild have finally agreed after a New Year's Eve event was cancelled at short notice.

luggage-and-globe_WEB

Top travel tips

It’s high season for travel, so make sure you get your dream holiday with our tips.

31 Dec 2013 | It’s high season for travel, and a good time to refresh your travel knowledge. CHOICE offers a few choice tips.

Join CHOICE Online

Discover the benefits of membership.
Just $7.98/month
*Billed quarterly as $23.95

The Consumer’s Champion

CHOICE advocacy
Over 50 years as the consumer voice

 
Learn more
 

Sign up to our free
e-Newsletter

Receive FREE email updates of our latest tests, consumer news and CHOICE marketing promotions.