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ACCC cracks down on dodgy charitable claims

Businesses need to be careful that any claims they make about donations to charitable causes  can be substantiated. Businesses that make false claims may be found in breach of Australian Consumer Law.

Bookies cop NSW’s largest fine for illegal gambling advertising

Ladbrokes and Neds have been ordered to pay $207,500, the biggest fine of its kind in NSW, for offering illegal gambling inducements to NSW residents.   

Warning on COVID-19 scams

Australians should be aware scammers are adapting existing technology to play on people’s fears around coronavirus and selling products claiming to prevent or cure the virus.

Sports tipping competitions in Victoria

Major sporting codes often attract tipping competitions (e.g. AFL footy tipping) that allow entrants to pick the winning team/s in each week of a sporting season to earn points if successful.

Warning about products claiming to treat or prevent the novel coronavirus

The TGA has identified certain therapeutic goods such as complementary medicines or disinfectants being inappropriately promoted for the prevention or treatment of novel coronavirus infections in Australia.

Local election advertising requirements

Electoral material includes any advertisement, notice, statement or representation calculated to affect the result of an election or poll. 

Don’t break hearts this Valentine’s Day

Be aware of advertising restrictions on drinks and meals packages for Valentine’s Day in Queensland

Penalties for allegedly selling or advertising recalled cars with dangerous Takata airbags

It is in breach of the Australian Consumer Law to sell or advertise for sale vehicles with defective Takata airbags that are under active recall

New requirements for pre-approval of complementary medicines

Consumer Healthcare Products Australia to handle all medicine advertising pre-approval applications

Gambling related advertising in Queensland

Venues must ensure that gaming does not dominate marketing or promotional activities.

Advertising cosmetic services and injections

Cosmetic injections are generally administered to temporarily remove/reduce wrinkles and lines on the face, around the eyes, forehead, lips and neck or to improve the appearance of submental fat.

A ruffled raffle

The owners of the Yapper Valley Pet Resort in Woodstock, Townsville faced Supreme Court action after being found to be operating their ‘Win a pet lover’s dream’ competition without a licence.