ACCC infringement payments surgeThe Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its June 2013 quarterly report, ACCCount.
According to the report, notable achievements from the quarter include the ACCC receiving payment of $203,400 for 12 infringement notices under the Australian Consumer Law, more than six times the amount paid in the March 2013 quarter.
A total of 52,292 complaints and inquiries were received from business and consumers, a 6 per cent increase on the March quarter; and 692,940 unsafe and faulty consumer goods were removed from sale in 118 product safety recalls, more than double the number of faulty goods removed last quarter.
Chairman of the ACCC, Rod Sims said the ACCC continued to protect consumers and competition with strong outcomes across the organisation, including receiving more than $200,000 in payments for infringement notices and processing over 50,000 complaints.
“This shows a growing awareness of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) amongst the public and a willingness to enforce the law from the ACCC,” Mr Sims said.
He said the ACCC continued to monitor representations made about the carbon price and had received more than 3,000 complaints and inquiries since the introduction of the carbon price mechanism on 1 July 2012.
“Significant penalties for cartel behaviour and illegal selling practices indicate how seriously the Court views this problematic conduct,” he said.
“The ACCC will continue to take action where necessary to protect competition and consumers.”
The ACCCount report can be accessed at this PS News link.
Edition 375, 20 August 2013