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It is alleged that AIPE represented to prospective students that they would receive a free laptop or tablet and that the course(s) were free or were free if the consumer did not earn approximately more than $50,000 per annum.
ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said: We allege AIPE marketed its courses to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in the Australian community, including consumers from low socio-economic backgrounds and consumers with intellectual disabilities.
It is also alleged that AIPE engaged in a pattern of behaviour that allowed sales to be made using incentives such as free laptops, Wi-Fi access and mobile phone credits, which involved the use of unfair tactics and failed to provide clear and accurate information about the price of the courses and the nature of the VET FEE-HELP loan, NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said.
Mr Sims said: AIPE is the fourth private college the ACCC and the Commonwealth have instituted proceedings against for marketing practices which we allege breach the Australian Consumer Law.