Media Releases

Launch of General Sir John Monash Commemorative Coins

4 April 2018

The Government welcomes the launch of two unique commemorative coins celebrating the legacy of General Sir John Monash. The coins, produced by the Royal Australian Mint (the Mint), pay tribute to one of our most distinguished Australians. A brilliant military tactician, Sir John Monash played a pivotal role in Australia’s participation in the First World […]

Education campaign on ticket reselling to benefit consumers

23 March 2018

Consumer protection agencies across Australia today launched an education campaign to highlight issues around buying resold and second hand tickets to concerts, sporting events, festivals and other events. The education campaign will improve understanding and awareness of the ticket resale market, and help consumers to understand the risks associated with purchasing tickets from secondary resellers […]

Government calls on interested parties to have their say on ACCC proposal to improve quad bike safety

22 March 2018

After an extensive investigation, a Taskforce led by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has today released a consultation paper proposing regulatory changes to improve quad bike safety. In October 2017, the Turnbull Government established the Taskforce in response to the high number of recent quad bike deaths and injuries. These vehicles have the […]

Consultation open on consumer guarantee reforms

21 March 2018

The Turnbull Government today calls on businesses and consumers to have their say on proposed reforms that have come out of the Australian Consumer Law Review, including proposals to clarify, simplify and modernise the consumer guarantee framework in the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). These proposals are considered in a paper that was released by Treasury […]

Review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct

2 March 2018

The Turnbull Government has today released terms of reference for a review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, and has announced that Professor Graeme Samuel AC will lead the review. The review is intended to ensure that the Food and Grocery Code is working effectively as the first prescribed voluntary code under the […]

Compulsory recall of vehicles fitted with defective Takata airbags

28 February 2018

I have today issued a compulsory recall notice for vehicles fitted with defective Takata airbags, following an extensive safety investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The compulsory recall will capture approximately 2.3 million vehicles that still have a defective airbag that needs replacement. This includes vehicles made by Ford, GM Holden, Mercedes […]

Government introduces legislation to continue to improve outcomes for consumers

15 February 2018

The Turnbull Government has today introduced a Bill into Parliament containing reforms to improve outcomes for Australian consumers across a range of areas. Schedule 1 of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 3) Bill 2018 amends the Australia Consumer Law (ACL) to increase the maximum civil pecuniary penalties and penalties for criminal offences. The […]

Establishment of the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation

15 February 2018

The Government has today introduced legislation to establish the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC). This legislation delivers on a key element of the Government's comprehensive housing affordability plan announced at the 2017-18 Budget to improve housing outcomes for all Australians. The Corporation will operate two key activities: the National Housing Infrastructure Facility (Infrastructure […]

Labor only certain about one thing – higher taxes for small business

22 January 2018

Labor's rush to cover up a train wreck interview from one of their MPs just demonstrates once again their intent to whack small and medium hard-working Australian businesses with higher taxes. Having heard his Labor colleague Peter Khalil say Labor supported the Turnbull Government's legislated tax cuts for businesses with turnovers of up to $50 […]