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Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration

Commissioned study

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a study of the enforcement and administration arrangements underpinning the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

  • Issues paper 15 Jul 2016
  • Draft report 8 Dec 2016
  • Research report Mar 2017

The issues paper covers a range of issues on which the Commission will seek information and feedback, and is intended to assist you in preparing a submission.

Initial submissions were due by 30 August 2016.

Read the issues paper

The Commission now seeks further information and feedback on the draft report. Submissions are due by Monday 23 January 2017.

Read the draft report

The research report is expected to be handed to the Australian Government in March 2017 and publicly released shortly after.

The objective of this study is to examine the effectiveness of the 'multiple regulator' model in supporting a single national consumer policy framework and make findings on how this model can be strengthened drawing from the experience of regulators in the period since the ACL commenced in 2011, including the risk-based approach of regulators to enforcement.

The study will also review the progress that has been made in addressing issues with the previous framework raised by the Commission in its 2008 Review of Australia's Consumer Policy Framework, including regulatory complexity, inconsistency, gaps and overlap in enforcement, and unclear delineation of responsibilities between Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

More detailed information can be found in the terms of reference.

Contacts

Pragya Giri (Administrative matters)
Ph: 02 6240 3250

Stewart Plain (Other matters)
Ph: 02 6240 3219

Email: consumer.law@pc.gov.au

Free call: 1800 020 083

Register your interest

Be kept informed about the progress of this work.

Register online

Make a submission

The Commission invites interested people and organisations to make a submission.

Make a submission

Commissioner

Julie Abramson
Commissioner