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New powers for NSW Fair Trading Commissioner to resolve small claims

New powers for NSW Fair Trading Commissioner to resolve small claims
08 August 2018

Instead of going through a months-long tribunal process, consumers who cannot resolve complaints about items worth less than $3000 will soon be able to take their issue straight to the NSW Fair Trading Commissioner.

A bill being introduced to Parliament on Wednesday will give the commissioner powers to direct businesses to repair, refund or replace goods, the NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean, said.

“This means fair, quick and cheap resolutions for consumers and businesses, and will be an alternative to the often costly process of courts and tribunals," he said.

In an ideal world, consumers and businesses work out a resolution without outside help, the minister said - however, for some consumers that process fails.

To read the full article by Rachel Clun on the Sydney Morning Herald online