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LAWS13018 Australian Consumer Law
Australian Consumer Law
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General Information


Australian Consumer Law examines the key concepts and principles of Australian Consumer Law. You will examine the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and analyse case law interpreting and applying the legislation. You will also examine the role of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in regulating the conduct of consumer law ensuring the rights and responsibilities of business and individuals. Current issues and recent case law regarding consumer law will provide you with an understanding of how the legislation is applied.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisite: 48 credit points of law units

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback to the UC


UC informed students before the commencement of term and on Moodle that the unit would be delivered via intensive mode so students were able to manage the unit in addition to other units.


It is suggested the unit profile is amended to state the unit is delivered via intensive mode.

Feedback from Student feedback to the UC


Intensive format enabled students to focus on the unit and when they completed all assessment tasks, to then focus on other units with assessment tasks due in the later half of term 1.


Continue to deliver the unit via intensive mode.

Feedback from Student feedback to the UC


Unit materials, podcasts and zoom sessions were up to date and well structured.


The UC will continue to update the unit materials in preparation for the next offering in term 1 2022.

Feedback from Student feedback to the UC


The topics were delivered as modules and students could focus on a module at their own pace before moving onto the next module.


The UC will continue to deliver the unit notes, podcasts and zoom sessions in a module format.

Feedback from Student feedback to the UC


All materials were made available to students two weeks before the term commenced for students who wished to get a head start on their study.


The UC will continue to deliver all materials for students two weeks before the term commences.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the rationale for, and implementation of, consumer law policy in the Australian economy and society
  2. Demonstrate proficient legal research skills to locate legislation and case law relevant to consumer law
  3. Identify, apply and critically evaluate legislation and case law to a practical consumer law problem.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 60%
Textbooks and Resources



Consumer Protection Law in Australia 3rd Edition (2019)

Authors: Alex Bruce
Lexis Nexis
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780409343847
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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