Buying safely online
Before you shop online or bid in an online auction, make sure you understand your rights and the risks.
By buying online, you may be exposed to a higher risk of injury or illness as you are not able to physically examine products as you would in-store.
Think safety first with these helpful tips.
Make sure you’re on a certified and trusted website. A secure website’s address will begin with ‘https://’ and display the image of a closed padlock.
Don’t disclose any unnecessary private information.
Know the business
Only buy from websites that you know and trust. Check online ratings and reviews, which may indicate any safety issues other consumers have experienced.
Check if the company has a physical street address and landline phone number.
Know the product
Make sure you check:
- if the product needs to meet Australian mandatory safety standards
- if the product is banned in Australia
- that it will work in Australia
- if there is an authorised repairer nearby
- if the product has been recalled in Australia or internationally.
You can check if the product has been recalled by visiting:
- Product Safety Australia for Australian product recalls
- OECD Global Recalls for international recalls.
Electrical goods must meet Australian safety standards. Australia’s consumer laws may not apply if you buy online from an overseas business.
Check the contract
Make sure you read and understand the:
- terms and conditions
- refund policy
- delivery details
- returns and repairs policies, including any associated costs.
Check the full cost
Be aware of the full cost of your purchase. The displayed price must include all extra fees, charges and any pre-selected options.
Additional costs may include:
- currency conversion
- handling fees
Confirm the order
The business should ask you to confirm your order before paying.
Always write down any reference numbers and print out or save copies of the order form and receipts. Check the receipt against your bank statement.
Find out more about safe online shopping.