The Indian Ocean Territories – Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Consumer Protection provides services to the Indian Ocean Territories through a Service Delivery Arrangement with the Australian Government.
Western Australian laws—including most of those relating to Consumer Protection—are applied as Commonwealth laws in the Territories, unless the Australian Government takes action to repeal, suspend or modify the applied laws. The Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development holds the delegated powers of the applied laws.
You can use this site for information about your rights and obligations, although it may not apply in all cases. For example, the Companies (Co-operative) Act 1943 does not apply in the Indian Ocean Territories as it has been repealed there. Applied laws that have been modified from Western Australian laws are listed in the Applied Law Compilations section of the ComLaw website.
If you have a question regarding consumer protection, trader responsibilities, incorporated associations, tenancy or product safety, call the Consumer Protection Advice Line on 1300 304 054 and mention you are calling from either Christmas Island or the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in case the advice needs to be modified for you.
We have a number of publications that have been translated for Indian Ocean Territories consumers:
- No place for family violence - proposed tenancy law changes
- Tenancy Law Videos - Malay Translation
- Cannabis house factsheet - Chinese
- Your rights when buying something
- Shopping tips for travellers - multilingual
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