Submission to: Senate Economics Legislation Committee
Joint consumer group submission (led by Consumer Action). The submission strongly supports the passage of Schedule 4 of the Bill which will make consumer credit leases and payday loans safer forms of credit. The key parts of the Bill address the costs of these products which too often trap people in a cycle of debt and cause extensive financial hardship. The Bill would cap the amount of income that a person could spend at 10% of net income for each product (potentially 20% in total). For consumer leases, the Bill would also introduce a monthly cap of 4% on the fees that can be charged. The Bill also includes anti-avoidance provisions.