On 30 May 2017, the Federal Court of Australia (Court) ordered Acquire Learning and Careers Pty Ltd (Acquire) to pay A$4.5 million for its breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The breaches relate to tactics used by Acquire to induce job seekers to enrol in vocational education courses and to apply for government loans as a means of paying for the courses. The Court held that Acquire's telemarketers made a number of false or misleading representations to eight identified consumers, including representations regarding the benefits of enrolling in a course (such as guaranteed employment). In addition, Acquire was found to have engaged in unconscionable conduct by using unfair sales tactics and imposing undue pressure on the identified consumers, and to have breached the ACL's unsolicited consumer agreements provisions. Acquire was also restrained from making certain representations about the uses or benefits of enrolling in a course, and was ordered to undertake a regular review of its compliance program and to contribute A$100,000 towards the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's court costs. Companies engaging in telemarketing should review their compliance programs to ensure that telemarketers are aware of their responsibilities and obligations under the ACL. The ACCC media release is available here. The Federal Court judgment is available here.