"Several" online retailers have clarified terms and conditions of sale that could mislead consumers, after the ACCC comes down hard on Internet trading.
The consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, backed by international consumer protection agencies kicked off an internet sweep focusing on the fine print in online shopping, last year.
The watchdog said it reviewed 450 online shopping sites terms and conditions that had "ambiguous" T&C's and identified a "small group that were mostly likely to confuse shoppers," about their consumer rights.
Nine businesses made changes to their online terms to provide greater clarity, after contact by the ACCC.
An ACCC spokesperson refused to comment when asked by CN about the identity of the websites reviewed, but said they were both big and small companies, noting a "small number" did not cooperate with the watchdog on some minor infringements.
The internet sweep was organised by the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network, and comes as online retail grows in Australia, valued at $13.3 billion or 6% of traditional bricks and mortar retailing.
"Online retailers need to provide clear and accurate information about their obligations to consumers if there is a problem with the goods or services they supply," ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
"It is important that consumers are not misled into thinking that their consumer rights do not apply when shopping online. "
The ACCC warns it will " continue to monitor online businesses for compliance with Consumer Law and may take enforcement action where businesses do not comply."
The watchdog has also given online shopping tips: