Protecting consumer rights is essential in maintaining the fair practices towards consumers offered by various businesses. With the implementation of the new Australian Consumer Law (ACL), trader rights and consumer rights have become more transparent therby increasing surety for all. One key element about the legislation is that it does not only apply to products and services used in households, but it also deals with all goods and services for any other reasons inclusive of business use for goods costing upto $40,000. So what this means is that consumers now have more rights in their favor in the event of false, deceptive or misleading business practices. The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) will also help smaller businesses in having a clear picture of what their rights are when working with alternative businesses for regular purchases. This will not only help smaller businesses grow faster but will also assist them in expaning across australia. The new Australian Consumer Law (ACL) can been seen to be important with coverage of some key areas such as Unfair Contract terms, safety of consumer products, gurantees and refund rights, and business practices including telemarketers and door to door salesmen. Unfair contract terms will protect consumers and business owners so that both the parties have equal rights when engaged in a contract. This leads to fair business practices and does not leave one party with the burden in preceedings concerning the contract. Earlier fair trade practices allowed business to call consumers at any given time. This has changed to specific calling times that telemarketers will be able to contact their consumers. The same is seen for door to door slaesmen as well. The new Australian Consumer Law (ACL) has significant penalties in the occurrence of a breach in the legislation. These penalities are expected to deliver a better compliance stimulus.
Under the new Australian Consumer Law (ACL), suppliers and manufactures must gurantee consumers that all products and services delivered are of the same quality as promised to the consumer, match any description and must honour the guarantee of express warranty. Consumers on the other hand must be well aware of the terms and conditions that they are legally bound to follow. The new laws in relation to unfair contract terms leaves consumers with more protection when entering into Standard Form Contracts. These contracts cannot be negotiated and are made by one party before any talks related to the transaction occured. It is the dependant on the consumer whether he/she chooses to accept it oe deny it. Standard Form Contracts are usually already printed out and are all