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Consumer protection agencies from across Australia have joined forces to launch the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) Action Plan 2017–2019.

The Action Plan outlines a set of national priorities and areas to improve outcomes for Indigenous consumers. Fairness is at the heart of the plan as Indigenous consumers, particularly those living in remote areas, continue to face challenges in asserting their consumer rights.

The priority areas for the next three years are:

Priority area

Key areas of focus

Trading practices

Door to door sales and telemarketing


Improving awareness


Rights and responsibilities in the private rental market

Consumer directed care

Consumers with disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Motor vehicles

Consumer and dealer rights and obligations

Financial services

Credit contracts and consumer leases

NICS members, which consist of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), state/territory consumer affairs agencies and the Indigenous Consumer Action Network, will be driving the implementation of these priorities.

Read the full National Indigenous Consumer Strategy Action Plan 2017–2019.