Last updated: 19 July 2023
“What legals do I need for my website?” is one of the most frequent questions we get here at Legal123. So to help answer this question, we created this colourful Infographic. Answer the 6 simple questions and you’ll know exactly what legal requirements you need to meet for your website in Australia. (Or use our super simple Website Legal Package.)
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Video transcript …
One of the most frequent questions we get here at Legal123 is: “What legals do I need for my website?” So to help website owners, we designed this simple Infographic to explain what you need and why. All you have to do is follow the arrows and answer 6 easy questions. So let’s get started.
1. Does your website have a contact form asking visitors to enter their email address or telephone number?
2. Do you publish information, suggestions, recommendations or advice on your website?
Or do you link to other websites that make recommendations, offer advice or similar? If you do, you should consider protecting yourself from visitors to your website who rely on your information and then try and sue you. You can do this with a Website Disclaimer.
You never know; the information you publish could be outdated, any advice you offer may be misused or misinterpreted by your visitors, and so on. Again, most websites provide information, so you should probably have a general Website Disclaimer to protect yourself and your business.
3. Do you sell goods and services through your website?
If you do, you need to comply with the Australian Consumer Law. This legislation is quite specific and stipulates that you have to post clear Terms and Conditions on your website. These should include your refund policy, shipping information, details of the warranty you offer and so on.
In addition, you also need to include a statement that you comply with the Australian Consumer Law. Not all websites sell goods and services, so you might not need to post Terms and Conditions. But the ACCC is cracking down on ecommerce sites in Australia and issuing penalties to non-complying websites. So don’t get caught out if you sell goods and services online.
4. Do you allow people to advertise on your website where your visitors deal directly with them?
These additional terms will make the advertisers agree to take responsibility for any claim lodged against you for their advert, products and services. As an aside, if you have ads on your website that you don’t actively manage, have any contact or have anything to do with, for example, Google ads, on your site, then you don’t need any additional Terms for Advertisers.
5. Do you allow others to post content on your website other than just simple comments?
6. Do you allow third parties to market to your subscribers, visitors or customers?
For example, do you share, exchange or sell your customer database of emails or telephone numbers? If you do, you’ll need specific permission from your subscribers, visitors and customers.
The usual way to do this is to get them to tick a box when they’re submitting their contact information, making it clear how you may use their information and making them aware that someone other than you might email or call them. This is called an Active Release; you may have seen them or been asked to agree before when surfing the Internet.
There we go; we’re all done.
We hope you found this guide to Website Legals helpful.
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