Category Archives for Australian Consumer Law

Truth in Advertising

Everyone knows that advertising involves hyperbole. When you are promoting your goods or services, you want to get people’s attention and persuade them (as quickly as possible) that what you are selling is exactly what they need. It is natural to focus on how amazing your thing is – to convince them that it is […]

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Protection against unfair contracts

In November 2016, the Australian Consumer Law was modified to extend the protection offered to consumers against unfair contract terms to small businesses. This is important as previously, small businesses (including sole traders) had no protection against predatory behaviour when contracting with big corporations. This meant that, while you could seek relief against unfair and […]

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Unfair Contract Terms

One of the lesser known functions of Australian Consumer Law is the protection it provides against unfair contract terms for consumers. So, as you probably know if you are a regular reader of this blog, a contract is an agreement made between two or more parties that is intended to be legally enforceable. Previously, Australian Consumer […]

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What is Australian Consumer Law?

Up until 2011, Australian Consumer Law consisted of a mishmash of over 20 different pieces of consumer protection legislation enacted by the various states and territories. This included the Commonwealth Trade Practices Act, and the Fair Trading Acts. There was little consistency and this caused problems for buyers and sellers who operated interstate. The relatively […]

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