Thanks for the question, we appreciate it when people come to us to talk about these issues as there’s often a bit of misinformation that gets passed around.
CHOICE is still a non-profit, ad free and the majority of our funds come from members who also get access to our product reviews. The majority of content on our website is still free to view as an aside.
We also receive funds from other ventures like licensing. All of this activity is listed on the link above. We don’t have any funding provided by ASIC or partner ID. CHOICE trialled an arrangement with One Big Switch in around 2008, but this did not involve commissions and certainly not trailing commissions or anything like that. At that time, the One Big Switch service was new and at the time we thought it would be a powerful tool for consumers and perhaps it was. However, CHOICE decided to focus on other things.
I’m sure CHOICE will probably seek other ventures in the future, but you can rest assured that we are consumer focused and committed to our achieving our nonprofit mission.
Hope that info helps!