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Gift Cards

Since 10 December 2018, any gift card sold to a consumer in South Australia must have an expiry date of at least three years from the date of sale [Fair Trading Act 1987 (SA) s 45D(1)].

It is an offence to sell a gift card to a consumer in South Australia with an expiry date of less than three years.

Maximum penalty: fine of up to $5 000.

It is also an offence to impose an administrative charge or fee on the gift card that reduces its redeemable value after sale [see s 45D(2)].

Maximum penalty: fine of up to $5 000.

The three year expiry date requirement does not apply to gift cards sold to consumers outside of South Australia (or gift cards purchased outside of South Australia), to any gift cards sold prior to 10 December 2018, or to any cards or vouchers prescribed in Regulation 4 of the Fair Trading (Gift Card) Regulations 2018 (SA).

Consumer and Business Services SA is allowing for a six month transition period to enable businesses to implement any necessary systems to enable compliance with the new requirements, and to sell existing gift card stock. However, any gift card sold from 10 December 2018 will have an expiry date of at least three years from the date of sale, irrespective of any labelling on the gift card that says otherwise.

See the Consumer and Business Services - Gift Cards website for more information.

Gift Cards  :  Last Revised: Wed Dec 19th 2018
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