Australia’s general Under the Australian Consumer Law, a person who buys goods or services for less than $40 000 or for personal or home use. protections are found in the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The full text of the ACL is set out in schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 2010 (Cth) (‘C&C Act’), which was for many years known as the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (‘TP Act’).
Broadly, the ACL applies to consumer transactions for all goods and services entered into after 1 January 2011, except financial services. Consumer protections in relation to financial services are found in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) (‘ASIC Act’).
For transactions that occurred up to 31 December 2010, the previous national, state and territory consumer laws A document that sets out what a person wants to happen to their money and other property after they die. continue to apply.
- is administered by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and, in Victoria, by Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV); and
- is generally reflected in similar provisions in the ASIC Act, so that financial products and services are treated in the same way.
In Victoria, section 8 of the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (Vic) (‘ACL&FTA’) applies the Australian Consumer Law in schedule 2 to the C&C Act as a law of the state of Victoria.
This chapter contains a brief description of the main consumer protection Statutory rules made by parliament or by bodies the parliament delegates power to, for example a local council or a registration authority. See delegated legislation; statute. that applies in Victoria, under the ACL.
This chapter provides only an introduction to the subject. Legal advice should always be obtained in relation to individual facts.