A new DVD specifically aimed at consumers living in the APY Lands was released by the state government last week.
The ‘Deadly Dollars – Something for Nothing’ DVD warns of sharp business practices targeting remote communities, raising awareness of making informed choices when paying for products or services.
Minister for Business Services and Consumers Gail Gago said the government wants to give South Australians living in the APY lands to feel confident as consumers and ensure they are well informed in making purchase decisions.
“Unfortunately, we have seen evidence that people living in remote communities are specifically targeted by unscrupulous traders, including unlicensed second hand car dealers and shonky appliance rent-to-buy schemes,” Ms Gago said.
“These are complex issues but they are very real.
“We want to ensure that for those living on the APY Lands, there is no shame in seeking assistance and talking to somebody about money problems.”
‘Deadly Dollars – Something for Nothing’ tells the story of an Anangu family that is struggling to manage their spending, demonstrating how they learn to deal with money better.
The family in the story faces long pay-off periods that outlast the product itself, feels pressured into taking a product on a deposit plan and argues over a family member gambling away money that is needed for essentials.
The DVD was filmed in Pitjantjatjara, features local actors and a script that was finalised with help from the Mimili community.
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