Farewell to the Fair Trading Act

The Fair Trading Act 1999 was repealed on 1 July 2012 and replaced by the Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012.  Some parts of the ACLFTA have not yet come into force including Part 4.2 (disposal of uncollected goods), Part 5.2 (liability of accommodation providers), s.234  (repeal of Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1961), s.235 (repeal of Carriers and Innkeepers Act 1958, s.236 (repeal of Landlord and Tenant Act 1958). Under the ACLFTA VCAT retains its jurisdiction to hear and determine ‘consumer and trader’ disputes (Chapter 7) with the consequence that VCAT will continue to be able to hear and determine disputes between landlords and the guarantors of the tenant’s obligation under a lease.

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