Door to door energy salesperson

Energy Australia fined for door knocking

ACCC action to clamp down on illegal practices results in million dollar fine.

9 Apr 2014 | Energy Australia has been fined for illegal door knocking tactics, the latest in a run of ACCC actions.


NHMRC review finds no evidence for homeopathy

The Australian government scientific review determines homeopathy can't - and doesn't - work.

9 Apr 2014 | The NH&MRC conducted an exhaustive review of homeopathy research, finding no evidence it's an effective treatment and no plausible scientific explanation for how it works.


Australia’s super fees slammed

The Treasury submission to the Financial System Inquiry says Australian superannuation funds have some of the highest operating costs in the OECD.

9 Apr 2014 | Australian super funds are too expensive says the Treasury, with only Spain, Hungary, Mexico and the Czech Republic having higher costs.

Banker holding money behind back

Banking needs to work better for consumers

CHOICE calls on inquiry to put power back in the hands of banking customers.

9 Apr 2014 | CHOICE submission calls for several key reforms to make banking work better for Australian consumers.

Hospital doctor making notes about the patient's health

Health insurance complaints down, but issues remain

The gap between how much a consumer pays in hospital fees and how much their health fund covers is still causing headaches.

9 Apr 2014 | Health insurance industry complaints are down, The State of the Health Funds report finds, but some issues such as out-of-pocket costs, remain.

Taxis lined up on a rainy street.

NSW to limit taxi surcharges

The call to impose a five per cent cap follows a similar move in Victoria.

8 Apr 2014 | The NSW government is pushing for a five per cent limit on taxi surcharges following a similar move in Victoria.


ACCC acts on misleading Coles cartoon

Coles to issue a correction after ACCC takes action on a misleading video and cartoon.

8 Apr 2014 | The ACCC has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from supermarket giant Coles after an investigation into the “Our Coles Brand Milk Story” cartoon and video found it to be misleading.

Extended warranty document tucked under an electronics appliance

NSW Fair Trading to educate youth

Special program targets lack of consumer rights awareness among the 18-to 24-year-old set.

8 Apr 2014 | NSW Fair Trading's Youth Week aims to educate young people about their consumer rights, including extended warranties and rent-to-buy schemes.


Apple increases price of apps

Across the board increase will hit Australian app store customers as the end of the sub-$1 app era arrives.

7 Apr 2014 | You’ll have to reach deeper into your virtual wallet for iPhone and iPad apps, following across the board price increase in Apple’s App Store for Australia.

NSW energy prices will be deregulated as of July 1

NSW deregulates electricity prices

From 1 July, NSW electricity prices will be regulated by the market as the requirement for a set electricity price disappears.

7 Apr 2014 | NSW electricity prices will be regulated by the market with the requirement for a set electricity price to disappear.

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