This month, ICAN became a member of the Consumers Federation of Australia (CFA)! The CFA is the peak body for all of the major consumer organisations in Australia and represents a diverse range of consumer issues.
ICAN was interested in joining the membership due to CFA’s strong advocacy role in the consumer space. “ICAN values the role of the CFA,” said Aaron Davis, ICAN CEO. “It provides a collective voice for smaller consumer organisations like ICAN, and can assist us in getting Indigenous consumer issues out to a larger audience,” he said.
“CFA welcomes ICAN’s membership,” said Catriona Lowe, Chair of the Consumers Federation of Australia. “The more consumer organisations we represent the stronger our collective voice and we welcome the opportunity to include the voices of indigenous consumers.”
The Consumers Federation of Australia promotes the interests of consumers, in particular low income and disadvantaged consumers, by identifying areas in which the interests of consumers are being adversely affected; advocates for policy and law reform changes, conducts consumer awareness and information programs and liaises with other consumer and community groups to advance the interest of consumers.
ICAN applauds CFA’s policy-driven approach to tackling consumer issues and welcomes the opportunity to bring consumer issues being experienced in regional and remote Indigenous communities to the Federation.
Ms Lowe notes CFA plans to put special focus on member communications in the year ahead, with opportunities for members to promote their work and ideas and ways to connect with fellow members.
“We look forward to working with ICAN,” she said.
(Information on CFA sourced with permission from: http://consumersfederation.org.au)