Gain a strong understanding of the operation of Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – The Australian Consumer Law, and the economic theory underlying the Act. The unit will also consider the policy debates and recent reforms that feature in this area of the law.

Topics covered in this unit include:

  • Misleading, deceptive and unconscionable conduct
  • Unfair contracts
  • False and misleading representations and unfair practices
  • Liability of retailers and manufacturers
  • Consumer guarantees
  • Remedies and enforcement.

SCU lecturer, Dr Cristy Clark on the Consumer Law unit.

Learning outcomes

  • Critically analyse the economic theory and policy objectives underpinning the Australian Consumer Law and assess the efficacy of the legislation in achieving these objectives
  • Apply advanced theoretical and technical consumer law knowledge and skills to solve emerging and/or advanced consumer law problems
  • Identify and interpret the penalties and remedies available under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)
  • Assess the appropriateness and implications of the investigation and enforcement powers of the ACCC.

Unit assessor

Dr Cristy Clark
Lecturer at the Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice.


  • Quiz (due Week 1): 10%
  • Report (due Week 4): 40%
  • Exam, take-home (due Week 7): 50%.


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Laws (Business Law) and Master of Business Law.


Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.