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Schedule 2: Australian Consumer Law

 

Section 24 Meaning of unfair

(1) A term of a consumer contract or small business contract is unfair if:

(a) it would cause a significant imbalance in the parties’ rights and obligations arising under the contract; and

(b) it is not reasonably necessary in order to protect the legitimate interests of the party who would be advantaged by the term; and

(c) it would cause detriment (whether financial or otherwise) to a party if it were to be applied or relied on.

(2) In determining whether a term of a consumer contract is unfair under subsection (1), a court may take into account such matters as it thinks relevant, but must take into account the following:

(a) the extent to which the term is transparent;

(b) the contract as a whole.

(3) A term is transparent if the term is:

(a) expressed in reasonably plain language; and

(b) legible; and

(c) presented clearly; and

(d) readily available to any party affected by the term.

(4) For the purposes of subsection (1)(b), a term of a contract is presumed not to be reasonably necessary in order to protect the legitimate interests of the party who would be advantaged by the term, unless that party proves otherwise.

 

Location of provision

Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) | Sch 2: Australian Consumer Law
Chapter 2 General Protections | Part 2-3 Unfair Contract Terms

 

Provision and legislative history based on content from the Federal Register of Legislation at 18 September 2018. For the latest information on Australian Government law please go to https://www.legislation.gov.au