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Unit Overview


Students learn about and discuss the major changes underway in Australian consumer regulation. The workshop is held over four days with each day focusing on specific themes. The unit focuses on (1) consumers, consumer policy and the law; (2) the content and operation of the new Australian consumer law with an emphasis on the unfair contract terms provisions; (3) recent developments in Australian consumer credit law; (4) current issues in international consumer law; (5) consumer issues impacting upon Western Australians; and (6) where next for consumer policy, law and practice?

6 points

Students are able to (1) discuss, debate and analyse the history, theory and current practice of consumer law and policy; (2) recognise a range of current issues in consumer law and policy; (3) examine critically current issues in consumer law and policy; and (4) place consumer law and policy in the context of economic and general public policy law and practice, both domestically and internationally.


This comprises participation in class and a 9000- to 10,000-word research essay.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Eileen Webb
Contact hours
offered intensively

Field, C. Current Issues in Consumer Law and Policy: Pearsons Australia 2006
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