Fire insurance warning sign points to high risk

Home insurance risk information kept from homeowners

Victorian report calls for full disclosure.

3 Jul 2014 | Victoria’s Fire Services Levy Monitor has released a report that calls on the insurance industry to reveal to consumers the risk information they use to set premiums.

GE Money pays fine credit cards stacked

GE Money fined $1.5m: guilty of false or misleading representations

ASIC cracks down on consumer credit provider GE Money for making false or misleading representations to over 700,000 customers.

3 Jul 2014 | The credit provider falsely told some customers they had to opt in to receiving credit limit increase invitations to activate their credit card.

Credit reporting health check

More black marks on consumers' credit reports?

Comprehensive credit reporting could be bad news for consumers.

2 Jul 2014 | Following the introduction of comprehensive credit reporting in Australia, it has been revealed that this type of credit information can be detrimental for a consumer’s rating.

baby sucking on a toy

Safety tool detects kids' choking hazards

ACCC issues free safety tool to identify choking hazards for babies.

2 Jul 2014 | The ACCC has released a free safety tool to help parents determine choking hazards for babies and toddlers.

Mobile call

Mobile calls to 1800 numbers to be free

Mobile phone providers will stop charging for phone calls to 1800 numbers.

2 Jul 2014 | The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network wins the battle for 1800 numbers to be a free call from mobile phones.

A light globe on top of an electricity bill

Move to block NSW electricity price deregulation

The state government's electricity price deregulation laws, which come into effect today, could be repealed when Parliament returns after the winter break.

1 Jul 2014 | Electricity prices in NSW are being deregulated as of today with a transitional rate, but the new rules could be repealed.


CHOICE is coming to Perth!

CHOICE to host a public forum for consumers in Western Australia.

1 Jul 2014 | CHOICE will be heading across to the home state of our founder, Ruby Hutchison, to talk with consumers.


How the Senate can save FoFA

The next steps to save financial advice protections.

1 Jul 2014 | New regulations have removed consumer protections when seeking financial advice, but the Senate is still able to repeal these harsh new rules.


New financial year brings big changes for the travel industry

Major reforms come into effect on 1 July – but what do they mean for consumers?

1 Jul 2014 | The Travel Compensation Fund (TCF) will no longer protect consumers when using travel agents.

A house sits on top of a calculator

Low interest rates and high debt could trigger crisis warns BIS

A cocktail of low interest rates and high debt are creating the conditions for another financial crisis, says the Bank for International Settlements.

30 Jun 2014 | The peak body for central banks, the Bank for International Settlements, has pointed to a "precious window of opportunity" to bring interest rates back to normal.

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