The new Labor Government in Australia: What this may mean for the Australian Competition and Consumer law regime
28 June 2022
On 23 May 2022, the Australian Labor Party led by Mr Anthony Albanese replaced the Liberal National Coalition Government that had been in power in Australia since 2013. The new Labor Government has announced its intention to strengthen existing competition and consumer law regulation, in particular to
protect small businesses. The Labor Government's election policies included promises to increase penalties for contraventions of the Competition & Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA), refine the unfair contract terms provisions to increase protection for small business and add an ability to fast track "super" complaints to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) from consumer and small business associations.