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Members of the media can contact the media unit  by phone 24 hours a day.
Phone:  0422 007 069
Email:   mediarelations@sa.gov.au

CBS updates

Below is a list of the latest CBS updates including public warning, assurances and CBS campaigns.

Gift cards and ticket scalping – CBS news 19 October 2018 - South Australian consumers will be better protected under new fair trading legislation. The Fair Trading (Gift Cards) Amendment Bill 2018 and the Fair Trading (Ticket Scalping) Amendment Bill 2018 have now passed in parliament and provide greater consumer protections around ticket scalping and give shoppers longer periods in which to use gift cards. Read more Continue reading
Underquoting 27 September 2018 - Consumer and Business Services (CBS) is running a campaign to stamp out underquoting in the real estate industry. What is underquoting? Underquoting is when a property is advertised at a lower price than: the agent’s genuine estimate of the property’s value the vendor’s acceptable selling price the auction reserve price a genuine offer or expression Continue reading
Reform to SA liquor laws – CBS news 24 September 2018 - The Liquor Licensing (Liquor Review) Amendment Act 2017 was passed by the South Australian Parliament on 14 November 2017 to implement reforms to liquor licensing in South Australia. The reforms were developed in response to the 2016 review conducted by retired Supreme Court Judge Tim Anderson QC, which made 129 recommendations to create a modern Continue reading
Labour hire laws – CBS news 19 September 2018 - The State Government has announced that it intends to repeal the Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017, following feedback raised by stakeholders. A taskforce has been established to consider whether existing laws are sufficient to protect labour hire workers from exploitation, and recommend changes if needed. Legislation to repeal the Labour Hire Licensing Act is expected Continue reading
Residential parks reform – CBS news 7 September 2018 - Legislation has been introduced into Parliament to amend the Residential Parks Act 2007 (the Act). The Act regulates the relationship between residential park owners and people who live in parks as their principal place of residence. The legislation was originally designed to address issues arising from people living in caravan parks in moveable, inexpensive structures on Continue reading

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Media releases

If you are a member of the media with an enquiry about AGD please contact the media unit on 0422 007 069. This phone is monitored 24 hours. Or you can email us at mediarelations@agd.sa.gov.au

Consumer watchdog targets underquoting – media release 27 September 2018 - South Australia’s consumer watchdog has begun a campaign aimed at encouraging people in the real estate sector and consumers to report any cases of underquoting within the industry. Underquoting occurs when a property is advertised for less than the vendor is willing to accept or less than the agent estimates the property will sell for Continue reading
Tiling work not the Best – media release 14 August 2018 - A tiling company has been fined more than $11,000 for providing three clients with substandard renovations and for undertaking work it was not properly licenced to do. Best Tiling and Renovations Pty Ltd and its sole director Mr Branislav Zivlak last week pleaded guilty in the Adelaide Magistrates Court to offences under the Building Work Continue reading
$175,000 penalty for “greedy” unlicensed builder – media release 13 August 2018 - A “greedy” unlicensed builder who gambled away money paid by clients and left a trail of substandard or incomplete work in his wake has been fined $175,000 in the Adelaide Magistrates Court for breaches of consumer protection laws. In court, Peter John Wotton admitted to breaches of the Australian Consumer Law and the Building Work Continue reading
Imported eyeliner removed from SA shelves – media release 25 July 2018 - Nearly 100 imported eyeliner bottles potentially containing dangerous levels of lead have been removed from South Australian shelves following action from Consumer and Business Services. Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Soulio said Consumer and Business Services responded quickly to protect South Australians following concern about the sale of these products in New South Wales. “Hashmi Continue reading
Consultation begins on reforms – media release 4 July 2018 - Members of the public are being encouraged to have their say on proposed consumer protection reforms, including measures aimed at cracking down on ticket scalpers. As the Government prepares regulations to govern proposed tougher anti-scalping laws, feedback is being sought on how aspects of the laws will operate in practice. Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Continue reading

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