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Unit Overview


This unit is concerned with the development of consumer protection law as a discrete area of law and practice, largely as a consequence of statutory initiatives. The unit focuses on misleading or deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct, unfair contract terms, consumer guarantees, unfair practices, liability of manufacturers for goods with safety defects, safety of consumer goods and product related services, consumer credit and current developments in Australian consumer law.

6 points

Students are able to (1) identify and understand the objectives, requirements and processes of State and Federal legislative schemes for the protection of consumers in Australia; (2) apply relevant legal principles to hypothetical factual scenarios; (3) communicate a comprehension of consumer law by expressing ideas coherently and logically in written and oral form; and (4) evaluate existing consumer protection law as to whether it responds adequately to consumer needs.


Students demonstrate achievement of the outcomes in a variety of assessment methods which may include tutorial participation, a group presentation and a final examination. Further assessment information is provided in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Tracey Atkins and Beatrice Hamilton
Unit rules
LAWS1130 Legal Process
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per fortnight

Mailbon, J. and Nottage, L. Consumer Law and Policy in Australia and New Zealand: Federation Press 2013

Recommended reading

Bruce, A. Consumer Protection in Australia: LexisNexis 2011

Corones, S. The Australian Consumer Law: Thompson Reuters 2013

Miller, R. Miller's Australian Competition and Consumer Law Annotated, 36th edn: Thompson Reuters 2014

Pearson, G. and Batten, R. Understanding Australian Consumer Credit Law: CCH 2011


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