A Victorian electricity retailer and the marketing company enlisted to sell its services have been fined $1 million for illegal door-to-door selling practices.
The Federal Court yesterday ordered Neighbourhood Energy and Australian Green Credits to pay the hefty penalties for ignoring "do not knock" stickers, failing to leave the premises at the request of home occupiers and engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which issued the legal proceedings earlier this year, described the decision as "hugely significant" in its bid to stamp out pushy and deceptive door-to-door selling.
"The effect of the Court's order is that every time a salesperson ignores a visible "do not knock" sign on a consumer's door, the company they represent is exposed to a maximum penalty of $50,000," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
“This is a win for the rights of consumers to be protected in their homes against unlawful door-to-door selling.”
Neighbourhood Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alinta Holdings, was ordered by consent to pay a penalty of $850,000. Australian Green Credits, the former door-to-door marketing contractor for the electricity retailer, was ordered by consent to pay $150,000.