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ACCC takes action against hearing aid retailers for misleading pensioners

The ACCC has commenced proceedings against hearing aid retailers Oticon Australia Pty Ltd and Sonic Innovations Pty Ltd, alleging that both businesses made false and...

Heinz ordered to pay $2.25 million penalty over misleading health claim

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered H.J. Heinz Company Australia Ltd (Heinz) to pay penalties totalling $2.25 million for making a misleading health claim...

ASIC requires compliance with restrictions on use of ‘independent’

ASIC is continuing to monitor the financial advice industry’s use of restricted terms ‘independent’ and ‘independently owned’, taking steps to intervene when it identifies concerns.

Industry terminology

Below are a broad range of terms frequently used in print & online newspaper advertising.

Ad-free subscriptions ‘a possible next step’

Ad-free premium subscription models may be the logical next step for news publishers to create new revenue opportunities, The Australian’s editor John Lehmann mused during an...

Advertiser groups announce first digital ad practice guidelines

Digital advertising has been given clear direction by the Australian Association of National Advertisers, Interactive Advertising Bureau and Media Federation of Australia, which have united...

Consumers misled on discounts by Alinta Energy

Alinta Energy has undertaken to compensate thousands of Victorians for making misleading electricity price comparisons which the ACCC considered were likely in breach of the...

Final updated guidelines on advertising by wagering operators in NSW

From Monday 2 July 2018, the NSW prohibition on offering any inducement to participate in any gambling activity, including an inducement to open a betting...

Final updated guidelines on advertising by wagering operators in NSW

Wagering company Neds.com.au has been convicted and fined $18,000 for publishing illegal advertising that offered NSW residents inducements to gamble.

Advertising of stem cell therapy prohibited

Autologous HCT products cannot be advertised to consumers from 1 July 2018

Fox Symes pays $37,800 for misleading advertising

ASIC has issued three infringement notices to debt management firm Fox Symes and Associates for making potentially misleading statements in its advertising.

Telcos pay speedy compensation to consumers

Telcos have undertaken to offer remedies to customers who couldn’t receive the internet speeds they bought because their NBN connection was incapable of delivering it.