Australian regulator takes IT firm to court

Company gave false assurances of jobs at completion of training, ACCC alleges

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has initiated legal proceedings against consulting and IT solutions firm Zanok Technologies, alleging the firm has contravened Australia’s Trade Practices Act.

According to an ACCC media release, the conduct at the centre of the legal action “relates to the promotion of employment in the IT industry and inducement of applicants into paid training courses in order to attempt to secure employment”.

The ACCC alleges that Zanok “placed employment advertisements on various websites, including MyCareer, Seek and Gumtree, offering various jobs in the IT industry, when in fact Zanok was not offering job opportunities but rather ‘IT training’, for which applicants were required to pay up to $A4,700”.

The ACCC alleges that “despite assurances from Zanok and its agents, there was no guarantee of a job at the end of training”.

The regulatory body is seeking court orders including declarations that Zanok’s conduct contravenes the Trade Practices Act and that Zanok’s directors were knowingly concerned in that conduct. It is also seeking injunctions, including interim injunctions, findings of fact, and costs.

The matter will be heard at an interlocutory hearing at Sydney’s Federal Court tomorrow.

Zanok is headquartered in the US and has four offices in Australia, according to its website.

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