About the ACL

The ACL is a single, national law covering consumer protection and fair trading. The ACL commenced operation from 1 January 2011 and includes unfair contract terms introduced on 1 July 2010.

The ACL:

  • replaced a wide range of Commonwealth, State and Territory consumer laws
  • is a schedule to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010
  • is administered by the ACCC and each State and Territory’s consumer law agency.
  • is enforced by all Australian courts and tribunals, including the courts and tribunals of the States and Territories.

Aspects of the ACL are also reflected in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Act 2001 to protect consumers of financial products and services.

More information

Australian Consumer Law review

The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) is being reviewed to see how effectively the law is working and what could be improved.

The Issues Paper and more information are available from www.consumerlaw.gov.au