(54) The CCAAC recommended that 'current laws on implied conditions and warranties should be amended to increase consumer and business understanding and to harmonise differences between existing national, state and territory laws.' (55) The implied terms regime should be replaced with one of statutory guarantees expressed in 'simple and clear' language.
For instance, the CCAAC reported that 'consumers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and those over the age of 65 have a higher uptake of extended warranties than other groups.' (122)
The CCAAC reports that there are two types of extended warranties:
(8) Productivity Commission, Review of Australia's Consumer Policy Framework, Inquiry Report No 45 (2008) vol 2, 48-63 [4.1]-[4.2]; Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council, Department of Treasury, Consumer Rights: Reforming Statutory Implied Conditions and Warranties--Final Report (2009) 50 [5.1] ('CCAAC Final Report').
(9) Consumer Affairs Victoria, 'Warranties and Refunds in the Electronic Goods, White Goods and Mobile Telephone Industries' (Research Paper No 17, May 2009) 2-3; CCAAC Final Report, above n 8, 127-8; Carter, 'The Commercial Side of Australian Consumer Protection Law', above n 8, 226.
(41) See, eg, Federal Bureau of Consumer Affairs, Getting What You Pay For: New Rights and Remedies for Consumers of Goods and Services under the Trade Practices Act 1974 (1995) 2-3; Productivity Commission, above n 8, 24-5 [2.4]; CCAAC Final Report, above n 8, 4-7.
(66) But see CCAAC Final Report, above n 8, 128, where it was noted that adopting the provisions of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (NZ) would advance one of the objectives of the Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement, signed 28 March 1983,  ATS 2 (entered into force 1 January 1983).
(116) See also CCAAC Final Report, above n 8, 42, where the CCAAC recommended against a provision specifying a period within which it would be presumed goods were not of merchantable quality.
(118) See further CCAAC Final Report, above n 8, 79.