Last year, we told you how the ACCC was cracking down on deceptive component pricing (not making it clear all the elements involved in a given advertised price). Since then, the regulator has cracked down on travel agents ignoring the law, and now it is going after restaurants.
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One of the key requirements of the component pricing law is that individual total prices must be identified, and that blanket service charges can't be listed separately on menus and the link. Or as ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel put it:
The practice of putting a note such as '10 per cent surcharge applies on public holidays' at the bottom of the menu but without the surcharge being included in a single price for the item is in breach of the law.
So far, the ACCC has been monitoring restaurants to identify breaches, but now it figures any remaining offenders have had long enough to get their act together. Tourist traps, you have been warned.