Rent-to-buy crackdown

Consumer Protection in WA clamps down on dodgy rent-to-buy scheme operators.

1 Apr 2014 | Operators of rent-to-buy home buying schemes, which cash in on would-be home-owners' desperation to enter the property market, have been taken to court by Consumer Protection WA.

shares or fixed interest in superannuation

Can your super handle another financial crisis?

Australian retirees and near-retirees may be vulnerable to another GFC through their super accounts.

1 Apr 2014 | A recent report by the Financial Services Council (FSC) reveals that Australian superannuation funds are more heavily invested in the share markets than a number of other countries with comparable retirement schemes.

baby asleep in baby sling

Safety warning on baby slings

Calls for education campaign for safe use of baby slings following suffocation.

31 Mar 2014 | An Australian university study has found that almost one in 20 infants have been injured or narrowly avoided injury in slings.

Qantas changes frequent flyer program

Qantas changes Frequent Flyer program

Frequent flyers with Qantas will no longer earn points on how far they fly but on how much they pay.

28 Mar 2014 | Customers choosing cheaper Qantas flights will earn less points under the announced changes.

Online auction site on computer

eBay to charge commissions on shipping

Changes to eBay's fee structures have been announced.

28 Mar 2014 | Sellers will pay more in commissions, but could save money on shipping under eBay's new fee structure.


Optus warned for overcharging customers

Telco wrongly bills 237,500 customers over a four-year period.

27 Mar 2014 | Communications watchdog ACMA has formally warned Optus about overcharging customers nearly $9m following an investigation.

closed health funds

Will your premiums increase with the Medibank sale?

Government says Medibank will need to compete with other health funds and comply with regulations.

27 Mar 2014 | Medibank still needs to compete against the 34 other health funds and comply with regulations when it comes to premium changes, says finance minister.


Financial advice safeguard changes on hold

CHOICE calls for financial reforms to go ahead as planned.

26 Mar 2014 | The financial services industry is fighting hard to get rid of important consumer protections in the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) reform package.

New laws tap into privacy concerns

Right to anonymity under new laws

New privacy laws regulate how personal information is handled

25 Mar 2014 | New sweeping privacy laws have been introduced, and include the right to deal anonymously or by pseudonym.

Aussies still slugged by credit card surcharges

Credit card surcharges remain despite reforms

Over the past 12 months Australians have paid $800 million in credit card surcharges.

18 Mar 2014 | It's a year since Reserve Bank reforms were introduced but Australians continue to be slugged with excessive credit card surcharges.

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