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Agency Details

Agency Number: TA682
Title: OFFICE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Start Date: 14 Dec 1988
End Date: 24 Nov 1999
Description:

Implement government policy in consumer affairs, administer consumer related Acts, and investigate individual consumer complaints. The office was created by separating implementation of consumer affairs policy and the investigation of consumer complaints from the policy advisory role of the Consumer Affairs Council. As part of a general reorganisation of the Tasmanian State Service on 17 July 1989, the Office became a Division of the newly created Department of Administrative Services. The Department was renamed in November to raise the profile of Consumer Affairs. Following a change of government the Department of Administrative Services and Consumer Affairs was abolished on 18 February 1992 and the Office of Consumer Affairs became a division of the Department of Justice.

In 1999 the Business Affairs Office was merged with Consumer Affairs to create the Office of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading.

Information Sources:

Legislation Administered:

Advertisements (Terms of Purchase) Act 1973, Consumer Affairs Act 1988, Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1968, Door to Door Trading Act 1986, Fair Trading Act 1990, Flammable Clothing Act 1973, Goods (Trade Descriptions) Act 1971, Mock Auctions Act 1973, Pyramid Selling Act 1974, Sale of Hazardous Goods Act 1977, Trading Stamps Abolition Act 1900, Unordered Goods and Services Act 1973.

Legislation Creating:

Consumer Affairs Act 1988.

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

Justice Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 1999

Functions Performed:
1 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT [1]
13 JUSTICE AND LEGAL ADMINISTRATION [1]
Controlling Agencies:
TA251 DEPARTMENT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET 01 Feb 1985 17 Jul 1989
TA898 DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES 17 Jul 1989 07 Nov 1989
TA921 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (1) 17 Jul 1989 18 Sep 1998
TA899 DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS 07 Nov 1989 18 Feb 1992
TA1535 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS 18 Sep 1998 01 Feb 2004
TA1646 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (2) 02 Feb 2004
Previous Agencies:
TA17 CONSUMER AFFAIRS COUNCIL 01 Jan 1976
TA1559 TASMANIA DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCES 09 Nov 1994 18 Sep 1998
Subsequent Agencies:
TA1745 OFFICE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND FAIR TRADING 24 Nov 1999
Related Agencies:
TA17 CONSUMER AFFAIRS COUNCIL 01 Jan 1976
Series Created By Agency:
AA12  COMPLAINT FILES. 01 Jan 1970 30 Jun 1991