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Guidance for operating in the sharing economy

Eva Pettifor . 7 Nov 2016 . Comments
Guidance for operating in the sharing economy

Do you sell goods or services via a sharing economy platform like Uber or Airbnb?

The ACCC has released guidance for small businesses operating in the sharing economy. This guidance will assist you to understand your rights and your legal obligations.

The sharing economy involves the use of online platforms that connect people (including small businesses) who have goods or services to sell, hire, rent or lease etc with customers wanting to use those things.

The guidance explains what people and businesses selling via sharing economy platforms can and cannot do when dealing with people and businesses using their platforms.

The guidance is available on the ACCC website.

Have your say on mandatory safety standards

The ACCC is currently reviewing a number of mandatory safety standards for consumer goods.

As part of these reviews, we are running consultation processes inviting comments on the standards.

If any of the standards impact on your business or you have general views to provide, we would like to hear from you. To have your say, you can make a submission by visiting the ACCC Consultation Hub at consultation.accc.gov.au.

If you would like to stay in the loop on which standards are being reviewed, you can subscribe Product Safety Australia’s email alert https://www.productsafety.gov.au/newsletter/subscribe.

Current consultations include:

  • Mandatory safety standards: Bicycle helmets, consultation
    Consultation closes: 18 Nov 2016
    Summary: Considering revocation
  • Mandatory safety standards: Exercise cycles
    Consultation closes: 18 Nov 2016
    Summary: Considering revocation
  • Mandatory safety standards: Hydraulic trolley jacks / Vehicle support stands / Portable ramps for motor vehicles
    Consultation closes: 18 Nov 2016
    Summary: New Australian and overseas standards
Further information about these and other reviews, including ACCC consultations papers, can be found at www.productsafety.gov.au/about-us/consultations.
 
If you have any questions about these reviews, please email productsafety.regulation@accc.gov.au.

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