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The Do Not Call Register is a secure database where you can list your Australian numbers to opt out of receiving most unsolicited telemarketing calls and marketing faxes. You can list your home, personal mobile and/or fax number to reduce telemarketing calls. Registration is free and you can remove...
Door to door and telephone sales
Scammers advertise non-existent goods, hoping to use their so-called bargain to fleece you of your hard-earned money. They advertise anything from puppies to boats, cars and car parts to concert/event tickets, sometimes masquerading as a local to lull you into a false sense of security. Scammers...
Buying online
Know who you are dealing with Before buying from an online store or seller: make sure you are using reputable, well-known retail websites check online forums, feedback and reviews from previous customers if the seller claims to be an Australian registered company, look up their ACN – visit the...
Buying online
When you buy from a private individual seller who is not running an online business, this is called a consumer-to-consumer transaction. Examples include a person selling: a set of golf clubs on Gumtree; a vintage dress on eBay; or used books on Amazon. Note: If the seller has any of the following,...
Buying online
Examples of an 'international trader' would be a Hong Kong business selling watches on eBay, or Amazon selling books or DVDs where the business is located in another country. If you bought your item from a private individual seller, view information on buying from a private seller . When buying...
Buying online
Australian businesses and companies which trade online can include: department stores and supermarkets; an individual who has a registered business or company; or an individual selling items through an online platform, such as eBay, who: lists an ABN or company name in their advertising, has a high...
Buying online
Gift cards or vouchers can be the ideal gift but it is essential for the buyer, recipient, and trader to understand the terms and conditions. Gift card checklist Check the expiry date on your gift card carefully, as those supplied before 1 November 2019 are not required to be honoured past the...
Lay-by and gift vouchers
If a product turns out to be defective, you may be entitled to a repair, replacement or refund (depending on whether the problem is major or cannot be fixed). This applies regardless of whether the product is still under warranty. Example: Danny buys a plasma TV for $6,000. It stops working after...
Warranties and guarantees
An extended warranty is when you choose to pay extra for a warranty which extends for a set period beyond the end of the manufacturer’s warranty. When a store offers you an extended warranty they should explain clearly what it provides, over and above the rights you already have (such as the right...
Warranties and guarantees
Express warranties are any extra verbal or written promises made by the store or the manufacturer about the quality, performance or features of the product. Example: When Maryanne buys a deck chair, the store and packaging states the chair can hold up to 100 kilos. This is an express warranty, as...
Warranties and guarantees

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Private overhead power lines Power lines which transport electricity from your main switchboard and meter to your home or other buildings are private power lines. This includes the pole where the...
Building and Energy
Brochure
19 Jul 2019
This checklist has been developed to highlight hazards and risks often associated with the catering industry.
WorkSafe
Checklist
07 Jul 2014
Better Trading was a free electronic newsletter published by Consumer Protection. It contained current issues, important events and future trends in consumer protection and fair trading matters...
Consumer Protection
Newsletter
15 Jan 2020
This handbook outlines the legal requirements and provide known industry solutions and strategies to ensure the safe operation of tractors with attached implements on farms.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
This handbook has been developed by WorkSafe Victoria to encourage the safe use of quad bikes and outlines legal requirements and strategies to ensure the safe operation of quad bikes on farms...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
What should you know about quad bike safety?
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
22 May 2014
This poster highlights things you need to consider before purchasing a quad bike for on-farm use.
WorkSafe
Poster
04 Jun 2014
Real Estate Fees Negotiating with an Agent
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
A guide to the correct procedures to dispose of uncollected goods. Though this guide to the disposal of uncollected goods was developed in partnership with the MTA, it is not just for the motor vehicle industry and it is applicable for the disposal of any type of product left with a business.
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
09 Nov 2017
Paying proper attention to customer complaints is an essential part of a well-managed business operation. In fact, complaints can improve your efficiency and profitability. Why have a complaint...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
08 Sep 2017

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