Media Centre

Media Centre

Consumer Action Law Centre (Consumer Action) changes the lives of Victorians and Australians through our financial counselling, consumer legal advice and expert policy work.

We work with print, digital and broadcast media across Australia to share the stories of the brave Australians willing to stand up against predatory businesses and business practices.

Are you a journalist or broadcaster producing content on Australian consumer issues?

Call our Media and Communications Officer Jonathan Brown on 0413 299 567 (Diverting number, do not SMS) for backgrounding, media comment and access to client stories (or email media@consumeraction.org.au )

View our latest media releases.

Find out more about our experts here.

Read/listen/view our work in the media here.

We specialise in issues impacting vulnerable Australians.

Consumer Action operates a telephone financial counselling service, a consumer legal help line and provides expert policy advice to Governments, businesses and regulators across Australia on the consumer issues impacting vulnerable and low income Australians.

Our office is based in Melbourne, Victoria – but we work on issues of national and Victorian significance.

Current areas of specialty:

  • Consumer protection and competition (dodgy businesses, unfair business practices and consumer protections)
  • Consumer credit and financial services (payday loans, consumer leases/rent-to-buy products and insurance)
  • Financial inclusion and difficulty (Australians who are doing it tough and the businesses that prey on people when they are at their most vulnerable)
  • Effective consumer dispute resolution (where do Australians turn to when things go wrong? Ombudsman schemes, tribunals and courts)
  • Energy (why we need a fair and accessible energy market)

We also comment on broad, generalist consumer issues. If we feel something is outside of our knowledge, we’ll do our best to refer you to one of our partner organisations.

What we can provide:

  • Expert comment on consumer issues for print or broadcast.
  • Backgrounding on consumer issues. Our policy experts can explain the issues in plain detail.
  • Access to clients and case studies.

What you can expect:

  • Quality, authoritative comment from our experts.
  • Comment and information free from commercial or political bias. We are independent and not for profit. Our only interest is a fair go for Australians.
  • Client stories that are authentic and whose claims have been verified to the best of our ability.

What we expect:

Due to our specialty in assisting vulnerable Australians, many of our clients live with mental health issues, poverty, family violence, low literacy/education and more. We believe these factors often make their stories even more powerful, but our first priority is their health and well being. We always make sure our clients are willing participants before referring them to media. We expect:

  • Due care when interacting with our clients. If you are ever concerned about their well being throughout your interaction please contact us immediately.
  • Understanding if circumstances change. Sometimes for legal or ethical reasons we may need to remove access to a client. We will endeavour to find an alternative story where possible.
  • Patience. We’re a not for profit organisation working with vulnerable Australians. Sometimes our clients can be hard to contact or require significant support to feel confident sharing their story. We will always try our best to meet your deadline, but sometimes these factors can impact how quickly we can provide a case study.

In cases of simple media comment, we will seek to provide you with access to our best suited expert as soon as possible.

Call our Media and Communications Officer Jonathan Brown on 0413 299 567 for backgrounding, media comment and access to client stories or email media@consumeraction.org.au

View our most recent media releases below:

  • “Car yards should be ashamed”: tips on avoiding car yard shonks

    “Car yards should be ashamed”: tips on avoiding car yard shonks

    Consumer Action Law Centre is warning Australians about the behaviour of car yard shonks following an ASIC action refunding $400,000 to a group of NSW car buyers who were forced to purchase warranties.
  • Consumer groups urge banks to implement recommendations of banking code report

    Consumer groups urge banks to implement recommendations of banking code report

    Consumer Groups today welcomed the release of the Independent Khoury Review of the Australian Banking Association’s Code of Banking Practice as an important step in the right direction of improving the way banks work with their customers.
  • ACCC rejects weak effort by insurers to fix junk insurance

    ACCC rejects weak effort by insurers to fix junk insurance

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has today rejected a cynical move by the insurance industry to keep selling junk insurance products.
  • Public statement – Veda and Consumer Action Law Centre

    Public statement – Veda and Consumer Action Law Centre

    Veda and the Consumer Action Law Centre (Consumer Action) have agreed upon a conciliated resolution to the representative complaint lodged by Consumer Action with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), in respect of Veda’s ABR Gazette commercial information service.
  • Australians need a one-stop-shop ombudsman to deal with banking & finance complaints

    Australians need a one-stop-shop ombudsman to deal with banking & finance complaints

    Getting problems with your bank, insurance or finance company solved fairly and quickly is too hard and Australia needs a one-stop-shop ombudsman for financial service problems, say leading consumer advocates.
  • Veda to refund consumers after breaching privacy rules

    Veda to refund consumers after breaching privacy rules

    Veda Advantage Information Services and Solutions Ltd (Veda) is being forced to refund thousands of consumers who paid to obtain credit reports under Veda’s expedited delivery deal, according to a decision handed down today by the Australian Privacy Commissioner.
  • Debt vulture companies are ripping off Australians and stirring up the credit industry

    Debt vulture companies are ripping off Australians and stirring up the credit industry

    Money worries keep many Australians up at night and for some companies this is good for business. When watching TV browsing the internet during those early morning hours, Aussies cannot avoid advertisements that promise solutions to their financial problems.
  • Time to abolish unfair energy appeals

    Time to abolish unfair energy appeals

    At their meeting in Melbourne this week, Energy Ministers from around the country will consider an issue that has the potential to save households and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars each year. The cost of building, operating and maintaining energy networks—the poles, wires and pipes that transport electricity and gas—make up around half of […]