Engaged in multiple sectors, our team conducts rigorous consumer and policy research to uncover market failures and consumer harm. We actively collaborate with partners, leveraging national and international perspectives to identify and understand issues within markets. By openly sharing insights, we contribute to the creation of impactful policy solutions, fostering momentum for positive change and advocating for consumer welfare.
December 23, 2023
A designated complaints function recognises the value of complaints from organisations with strong connections to communities, who are able to identify consumer issues at an early stage. This submission outlines minor changes to the draft legislation and a suggested approach to designated complaints to get the best outcome from the new power:
June 22, 2021
CPRC strongly supports the approach, goals and initiatives outlined in the ESC’s draft Vulnerability Strategy. Drawing from on-the-ground insights from our outreach team, our submission strongly supports the initiatives for improve consumer facing information, to drive a culture shift through industry education and training, and a review of the PDF to ensure it delivers positive consumer outcomes for all Victorians.
September 23, 2021
CPRC makes a number of recommendations to ensure a market stewardship approach is taken to create a fair telecommunications sector for consumers experiencing vulnerability.
June 2, 2022
CPRC welcomes the AER’s Consumer Vulnerability strategy and supports the outcomes suggested. In our submission, CPRC outlines a range of recommendations regarding proposed actions and additional actions, including a “consumer duty” to consumers and industry education program around vulnerability, for the AER to develop consumer facing service quality information, to automate the validation of concessions, and consider safe defaults for low-income consumers.
May 2, 2023
CPRC’s forthcoming research report drawing from CPRC’s Victorian Consumer Survey explores problems reported with purchases over the previous 12 months. Our findings indicate approximately one in seven Victorians (15%) who engaged a dental provider experienced an issue with the service, 11% made a complaint about this issue, but 7% reported their issue was unresolved – whether they had made a complaint or not. These findings indicate a reasonably proportion of people seeking dental services encounter problems, and a reasonable proportion of these issues remain outstanding, even where consumers may have sought to complain or resolve the issue.