To reflect our new policy remit and approach to research, CPRC now has now two formal consultation forums for collaboration around consumer vulnerability and emerging strategic consumer policy issues. We will also continue our informal and project-based engagements.

CPRC Reference Group

Applications for the CPRC Reference Group closed on 8 December; warm thanks to everyone who put forward an application to participate.

The CPRC Reference Group will meet quarterly and will focus on strategic and emerging consumer policy issues. To reflect our cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary approach, CPRC has sought representation across the industry, government/regulatory, community and academic sectors from people with experience across housing, e-commerce, consumer behaviour, and consumer vulnerability.

Membership of the Reference Group will be finalised in early 2018, with the first meeting taking place in early March. Membership will be refreshed annually in line with CPRC’s strategic policy focus areas.

CPRC Consumer Vulnerability Forum

CPRC is committed to the development and operation of inclusive markets. This sometimes involves the removal of barriers to participation, targeting complementary support programs, or the development of suitable products and services for people experiencing vulnerability.

The CPRC Consumer Vulnerability Forum will meet twice a year. Membership to the Consumer Vulnerability Forum has been finalised. Members comprise specialists from across the community sector experienced in researching, directly supporting, or training others in supporting vulnerable people.

Forum members will also be invited to review and provide input to CPRC research projects and projects which receive CPRC grant funding on a fee-for-service basis of $400 per project.

Participating member organisations are listed below:

  • Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Carers Victoria
  • Community Information & Support Victoria
  • Consumer Action Law Centre
  • Council of Single Mothers
  • Council of The Ageing Victoria
  • Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Dr Paul Harrison
  • Essential Services Commission
  • Family Care Shepparton
  • Financial & Consumer Rights Council
  • Financial Counselling Australia
  • Good Shepherd YFS
  • Kildonan Uniting
  • Odyssey House
  • Regional Information & Advocacy Council Inc.
  • Scope Victoria
  • South East Community Links
  • St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria
  • Tenants Union of Victoria
  • Victorian Council of Social Service
  • WEstjustice