NSW Fair Trading participates in a range of inter-agency and national committees. The most significant of these are listed below.
The Legislative and Governance Forum on Consumer Affairs (CAF)
CAF consists of all Commonwealth, State, Territory and New Zealand Ministers responsible for consumer policy. The role of CAF is to consider consumer affairs and fair trading matters of national significance and, where possible, develop a consistent approach to those issues.
CAF Ministers meet at least once a year. The Northern Territory is the current Chairing jurisdiction for CAF. CAF was previously known as the Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA).
Go to the Australian Consumer Law website for more information.
Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) is the pre-eminent sub-committee of CAF. CAANZ comprises the most relevant senior officer from consumer affairs or fair trading agencies in each State and Territory, as well as the Australian Government and New Zealand.
Under CAANZ, there are three advisory committees which deal with different aspects of consumer protection. These committees are made up of senior consumer protection agency representatives from each jurisdiction. There is also a reference group for the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy. The committees are outlined below.
The CAANZ Chair mirrors the current CAF Chair.
CAANZ releases an annual Australian Consumer Law ‘Year in Review’, which provides an update on the work of the Commonwealth and the states and territories in implementing, strengthening and improving the ACL. These reports highlight the of a coordinated approach between consumer agencies and consistent approaches to consumer issues.
Go to the ACL website to access the Year in Review.
The Compliance and Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee (CDRAC)
The Compliance and Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee (CDRAC) is chaired by New South Wales and seeks to ensure that compliance and dispute resolution across Australia is coordinated, efficient, responsive and where appropriate, consistently applied.
The Policy and Research Advisory Committee (PRAC)
The Policy and Research Advisory Committee (PRAC) is chaired by the Commonwealth Treasury and seeks to ensure that consumer protection research, policy development and legislative reform is best practice and undertaken in a nationally consistent and co-operative manner.
The Education and Information Advisory Committee (EIAC)
The Education and Information Advisory Committee (EIAC) is chaired by Victoria and seeks to ensure that cost-effective, coordinated, innovative and effective mechanisms are used to provide information, increase knowledge and change behaviour of both consumers and business in the interests of consumer protection.
National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) Reference Group
NSW Fair Trading is a member of the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) Reference Group, which also includes Indigenous non-government representatives. With other State, Territory and Commonwealth consumer agencies, Fair Trading is committed to working cooperatively on the issues and actions identified in the Strategy's action plan for ensuring that Australia's performance in Indigenous consumer affairs is continually improved and beneficial outcomes for Indigenous consumers are achieved.