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'No refunds’ signs are unlawful. A supplier or manufacturer must not tell you that a consumer guarantee : does not exist; may be excluded; or may not have a particular effect. Generally, you have a right to a refund when there is a major problem with something you bought. Stores cannot take away...
Refunds and returns
Generally, a store does not have to give a refund or replacement if a customer simply changes their mind about a product. Under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), the customer is only entitled to choose a refund or replacement for a major problem with a product covered by consumer guarantees . For...
Refunds and returns
The type of remedy you can request can depend on whether it is a minor or major problem. Minor problems A minor problem can be fixed within a reasonable time. You must give the store the chance to fix the problem. They choose whether to refund, repair or replace. Major problems If there is a major...
Refunds and returns
After you buy or use a product, you may identify problems with it, in other words, it does not meet a consumer guarantee. Depending on the type of problem (also known as a failure under the Australian Consumer Law) the seller may have to provide a ‘remedy’, such as: a refund repairs a replacement...
Refunds and returns
You will not be covered by all of the consumer guarantees for goods: bought before 1 January 2011. These are covered by laws that were in force before 1 January 2011 – contact us for more information; bought from one-off sales by private sellers, such as garage sales and fêtes; bought at auctions,...
Your consumer rights
As a supplier, you must ensure your standard form consumer contracts comply with national unfair contract terms laws. These protect consumers against contract terms that: would cause a significant imbalance in the parties' rights and obligations under a contract; are not reasonably necessary to...
Door-to-door and telephone selling
Whatever disposal method is used for the goods, be sure to keep a record of communication with the customer, every notice sent and documents relating to your costs for storing and disposing of the goods. The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 requires that within seven days of selling or...
Disposing of uncollected goods
There are procedures to follow if your customer gives you a ‘notice of dispute’ within one month of you serving them with a Form 1, Form 2 or Form 4 as set out in the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Regulations 1971 . There is no prescribed notice of dispute in the Regulations but it needs to set out...
Disposing of uncollected goods
If you sell the goods (pursuant to a court order) Deduct from the proceeds all of your lawful and reasonable moneys owed, charges and sale expenses (including advertising, storage, sales commission, insurance, etc. If there is a shortfall, you may claim the balance from the party who left the goods...
Disposing of uncollected goods
There are certain forms you need to use when notifying the various people of your intention to dispose of goods. Following these procedures and using the correct forms can save you problems later, particularly if your customers turn up wanting their goods. You should be aware that penalties apply...
Disposing of uncollected goods

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Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
Publication last updated 21 April 2021 A guide to the correct procedures to dispose of uncollected goods. Though this guide was developed in partnership with the MTA, it is not just for the motor...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
21 Oct 2021
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
06 Jan 2021
This document was developed to assist in the investigation of slips, trip and falls in the workplace.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
This checklist has been developed to address the issue of noise in agriculture and provides information on how to best manage risks to minimise workplace injuries.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this document to increase awareness of safety issues around horse racing stables and highlight the importance of appropriate systems of work and safety management systems...
WorkSafe
Checklist
05 Mar 2021
This checklist has been developed to assist you in identifying risks associated with working at height .
WorkSafe
Checklist
18 Feb 2015
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting your workplace in regards to evacuation and first aid. Although the checklists do not cover all the requirements under workplace safety and health laws, they will give you a better idea of whether your workplace meets basic standards of safety. They will also assist in laying the foundation for a safety and health management system at your workplace.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting training, risk assessment and safe work procedures associated with confined spaces. Although the checklists do not cover all the...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting chemical or hazardous substances hazards at your workplace. This checklist covers both requirements for hazardous substances under the...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014

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