Returns and Refunds
When am I entitled to a repair, replacement or refund?
When the product or service you purchased does not meet one or more of the consumer guarantees.
- be of acceptable quality
- match descriptions made by the salesperson, on packaging and labels, and in promotions or advertising
- match any demonstration model or sample you asked for
- be fit for the purpose the business told you it would be fit for
- come with full title and ownership
- not carry any hidden debts or extra charges
- meet any extra promises made about performance when customers follow the manufacturers instructions
- have spare parts and repair facilities available for a reasonable time after purchase unless you were told otherwise.
- be provided with acceptable care and skill or technical knowledge
- be fit for purpose or give the results that you and the supplier agreed to
- be delivered within a reasonable time when there is no agreed end date.
When am I not entitled to a repair, replacement or refund?
Rights to a repair, replacement, refund, cancellation or compensation do not apply to items:
- purely for business use worth more than $40,000 (such as machinery or farming equipment)
- bought at auction where the auctioneer acted as an agent for the owner (but you do have rights to full title, undisturbed possession and no unknown debts or extra charges).
A business can refuse to give you a free repair, replacement or refund if:
- you simply changed your mind
- you misused the product or service in a way that contributed to the problem
- you asked for a service to be done in a certain way against the advice of the business, or were unclear about what you wanted
- a problem with a service was completely outside of the business’ control.
If you have a minor problem with a product or service, the business can choose to give you a free repair instead of a replacement or refund. You must accept this free repair if the business offers it to you.
If the business fails to give you a free repair within a reasonable time or cannot fix your problem, you can:
- get it done elsewhere and pass on the costs to the business
- ask for a replacement
- ask for a refund