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Australian Consumer Law

On 1 January 2011 a single, national consumer law: The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) commenced.  The ACL is a cooperative reform conducted by the Australian, State and Territory governments, through the Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA) and replaces previous Commonwealth, State and Territory consumer protection legislation.  The Trade Practices Act 1974 has been replaced with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

The new ACL includes:

  • national unfair contract terms law covering standard form contracts
  • national product safety law and enforcement system
  • new consumer guarantees ensuring rights when purchasing goods and services, replacing existing laws on conditions and warranties
  • simple rules for lay-by agreements
  • laws for unsolicited consumer agreements, which replaces the existing door-to-door sales and other direct marketing legislation 
  • new enforcement powers and penalty provisions (there is joint enforcement of the law by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [ACCC] and the state and territory consumer affairs agencies).

Related information and resources

Australian Consumer Law Schedule 2  Adobe [577kb/271 pages]


A range of resources has been developed to help businesses and consumers understand the new laws and is available at


Consumer Guarantees - Training Videos   A series of videos developed to answer questions on the Australian Consumer Law for business and consumers.

Free publications and guides

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Order printed copies of these guides by emailing



ACL Update October 2010 Posted 11/10/10

ACL Update November 2010 Posted 8/11/10

ACL Update December 2010 Posted 20/12/2010 

ACL Update February 2011  Posted 28/3/2011 


On 1 January 2011 the Trade Practices Act 1974 was renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 replacing previous Commonwealth, State and Territory consumer protection legislation with a national consumer law: The Australian Consumer Law (ACL).   Please ring 1300 65 44 99 if you require assistance.