Levelling the Playing Field: Prohibiting Unfair Contract Terms in Australia

October 2023
Region: Asia Pacific

This is a reminder that a significant change is on the horizon for companies using standard form contracts in Australia. These matters were raised in the November 2022 edition of Construction Matters.

New unfair contract terms (UCT) reform is set to take effect from 9 November 2023, ushering in a pivotal shift in the contracting landscape. The reform aims to bolster consumer and small business protection by curbing UTC, ensuring a fairer playing field for all parties.

Companies should carefully review and potentially amend their standard contracts to ensure compliance with the upcoming changes and avoid the risk of hefty penalties under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).