Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill (No. 2) 2010 [Provisions]

Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill (No. 2) 2010 [Provisions]

21 May 2010

© Commonwealth of Australia 2010
ISBN 978-1-74229-284-7

View the report as a single document - (PDF 739KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of Committee (PDF 12KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 49KB)
Summary and Recommendations - Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill (No. 2) 2010 (PDF 18KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 99KB)

Reform history
Consultation on the bill
The bill
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report
The Committee's overall impression of the bill

Chapter 2 - Harmonising Australia's consumer laws (PDF 61KB)

The Government's approach
The regulator's approach
Support for harmonising state and territory fair trading laws
Views on the bar at which uniform laws are set

Chapter 3 - The definition of 'consumer' and the scope of the bill (PDF 97KB)

The Australian Consumer Law and Trade Practices Act's definitions
Ordinarily acquired for personal, domestic or household use / consumption
Definitions of 'consumer' where section 3 does not apply
Concerns about the bill's definition of 'consumer' in section 3
Treasury's position
Options to amend section 3 of the bill
Table 3.1: A hybrid test
Committee view
Table 3.2

Chapter 4 - Consumer Guarantees (PDF 90KB)

The New Zealand model of consumer guarantees
Exemptions to consumer guarantees

Chapter 5 - Unsolicited selling (PDF 63KB)

Context of the provisions
The definition of unsolicited consumer agreements
Permitted hours for negotiating an unsolicited consumer agreement
Section 73(2)
Cooling off periods
Table 5.1: Variation in cooling off periods

Chapter 6 - Product Safety (PDF 65KB)

A national product safety system
Incident reporting
Requirements related to illness

Chapter 7 - Enforcement and dispute resolution (PDF 79KB)

Submitters' views on the bill's enforcement provisions
Alternative and low cost dispute resolution
Onus of proof
Committee view

Chapter 8 - Minor drafting issues (PDF 21KB)
Additional comments by Coalition senators (PDF 75KB)

Definition of consumer and consumer good
Consumer guarantees
Unsolicited Selling
Product Safety Reporting
Enforcement and dispute resolution
Lack of consultation and Drafting issues

APPENDIX 1 - Submissions Received (PDF 11KB)
APPENDIX 2 - Public Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 45KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committee on Economics
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3540
Fax: +61 2 6277 5719