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Fair Trading Week 

24-28 October 2016 

Fair Trading Week 24-28 October 2016NSW Fair Trading Week is an annual, week-long celebration to help raise awareness about the rights and responsibilities of both consumers and traders in the marketplace.

This year our theme is ‘Our focus is You’, and our aim is to illustrate some of the work we do and services we provide that you may not necessarily be aware of.

Don’t forget Fair Trading has a Facebook page, ‘Like’ our page and keep up to date with our latest products, events and information services.

Follow Fair Trading week on Twitter #FTWeek.

Shred and Protect 

Shred and Protect iconDuring Fair Trading Week we will be educating people on ways they can protect their identity starting with getting down to one of our FREE shredding trucks who are there to dispose of your personal documents in a safe and secure way.

Our Shred and Protect community events will take place in five locations.

Watch a video from the Shred and Protect community event at Chatswood

Here are some facts that show why it is important to protect your identity:

  • Last year the cost of identity crime in Australia was reported to be approximately $2 billion.
  • NSW reported the highest numbers of identity theft across the country.
  • Between 1.4 - 2.1 million people are affected annually by identity fraud.
  • 1 in 5 Australians have been victims of identity crime.
  • 3 in 5 victims lose on average $2000 due to identity theft.

Date

Time

Event

Location

Partners

Monday 24 Oct 10-12 noon Shred and Protect community event Chatswood Mall precinct NSW Police - North Shore Local Area Command (LAC)
Senior Rights Service
Wednesday 26 Oct 10-12 noon Shred and Protect community event Thomas Dalton Park/Fairy Meadow Surf Club Wollongong City Council
Fairy Meadow Surf Club
NSW Police - Wollongong LAC
10-12 noon Shred and Protect community event Maitland Senior Citizens Hall The Mobile Shredding Company
Senior Rights Service
Maitland Council
Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON)
Thursday 27 Oct 10-12 noon Shred and Protect community event Kibble Park, William Street Gosford (opp. Imperial Centre entrance) The Mobile Shredding Company
Senior Rights Service
Gosford City Council
EWON
10-12 noon Shred and Protect community event Penrith Panthers car park NSW Police - Penrith LAC
Penrith City Council
Panthers World of Entertainment

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Tell us your gift card stories 

Gift card survey logoWe want to hear more about your experiences with gift cards. During Fair Trading Week 2016, we are calling on consumers to search out and redeem any gift cards held (current or expired), and to share your experiences with us – the good and the bad.

We think you will be surprised at just how many gift cards you might find in your wallet, around the house, or sitting in your inbox waiting to be redeemed. Now is the perfect time, particularly leading up to Christmas, to ensure you maximise your gift card value.

We are asking NSW consumers to:

  • Find all your gift cards
  • Redeem them with the retailers
  • Expired? Contact your retailer, as some will still allow you to use them – but check first before you shop!
  • Tell us about your experiences – go to the gift card survey

Gift cards and vouchers – for more information

Lodge a complaint

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Community events 

There will be over 60 activities across the State over the week where our staff will be talking face- to-face with consumers and traders. This will give people the opportunity to ask some of those more difficult questions and inform people about NSW Fair Trading and how we can help you.

Orange Community Fun Day

NSW Fair Trading will again host the Community Fun Day

When: Wednesday 26 October, 10am - 2pm
Where: Robertson Park, Orange

Activities include:

  • Information stands
  • Face painting
  • Zoomobile
  • Dancing
  • Music
  • Free sausage sizzle
  • Information and entertainment for all ages!

We will have a customer service team available onsite to answer your questions.

Remember our focus is on you.

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Think Smart multicultural media conference 

On 25 October the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation (responsible for NSW Fair Trading), The Hon Victor Dominello MP will host the Think Smart Multicultural Media Conference and will launch our Think Smart Multicultural Education Strategy 2016-2019 and two new educational resources in community languages.

These resources will assist community members from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to better understand their consumer rights and the services available to them from NSW Fair Trading.

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