On 18 March 2010 the Senate referred the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill (No. 2) 2010 for inquiry and report. This bill is the second stage in the introduction of a single national consumer law and includes misleading or unconscionable conduct, unfair contracts and practices, consumer guarantees, unsolicited selling, information standards and product safety.
Submissions may be made to the Senate Economics Committee until 16 April 2010. The committee’s report is due by 21 May 2010.
The Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Bill 2009 passed on 17 March 2010 and is awaiting Royal Assent. Amongst other things, that Bill introduces a new national unfair terms regime.