Mandatory wording for goods & services warranties

As of 8 June 2019, the Competition and Consumer Regulations (CCR) will require new mandatory wording to be included in all warranties against defects that are provided to consumers when businesses supply services, or goods and services together. Prior to this change, only warranties relating to the supply of goods required the mandatory text.

The wording notifies consumers and draws attention to consumer guarantee rights within the ACL that cannot be replaced by the businesses’ warranty.

What constitutes a warranty against defects?

Warranties against defects include representations made to consumers that if goods or services are defective, the supplier will repair or replace goods, provide the services again or rectify the services, or provide compensation to the consumer. The representation must be made around the time of the supply. Warranties against defects may also be referred to as manufacturer’s warranties.

The warranty may consist of writing on packaging, a pamphlet, or any document on which representations are made that accompanies the supply of goods and services.

The mandatory wording: services

Our services come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. For major failures with the service, you are entitled:

  1. to cancel your service contract with us; and
  2. to a refund for the unused portion, or to compensation for its reduced value.

​You are also entitled to be compensated for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. If the failure does not amount to a major failure you are entitled to have problems with the service rectified in a reasonable time and, if this is not done, to cancel your contract and obtain a refund for the unused portion of the contract.

The mandatory wording: goods & services

Our goods and services come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. For major failures with the service, you are entitled:

  1. to cancel your service contract with us; and
  2. to a refund for the unused portion, or to compensation for its reduced value.

​You are also entitled to choose a refund or replacement for major failures with goods. If a failure with the goods or a service does not amount to a major failure, you are entitled to have the failure rectified in a reasonable time. If this is not done you are entitled to a refund for the goods and to cancel the contract for the service and obtain a refund of any unused portion. You are also entitled to be compensated for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage from a failure in the goods or service’.

Additional Requirements

Existing requirements under the CCR provide that any warranty against defects must:

Conclusion

Businesses that regularly supply goods or services to consumers should ensure they implement the new mandatory wording in their warranties. Failure to do so may result in breach of the ACL and consequent penalties.

By Gemma Witt (graduate) & Philip Brunner (director)

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The above information is a summary and overview of the matters discussed. This publication does not constitute legal advice and you should seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content.

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