We understand equipment failure can be a frustrating experience, that’s why we aim to resolve such issues in the shortest possible time.
1. Australian Consumer Law
Our Returns Policy includes, and does not seek to exclude or limit, the rights you have under the Australian Consumer Law (if you are a consumer) and other relevant laws.
If you are a consumer under the Australian Consumer Law:
All goods sold by Centre Com come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer law (ACL). You are entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure. You are also entitled to have the goods replaced or repaired if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure.
Your rights under the Australian Consumer Law are not limited by a defined time. However, the Australian Consumer Law does recognise that the relevant time period for which a remedy may be available can vary from product to product, depending on factors such as the nature of the product and the price. Therefore, as you can understand, the type of remedy we can offer you may also vary depending on how long it takes you to return the product to us.
2. Returning a Product
If a product purchased from Centre Com turns out to be faulty, we will strive to resolve the issue as soon as possible. We strongly recommend that you contact the manufacturer directly if your product is not functioning as desired. This generally helps resolve the problem faster. If you would like our assistance in contacting the manufacturer, you can call us on 03 8311 7600 (Option # 3) and we will be glad to assist you.
You may also bring your product to the sales/service counter at any of our stores to have your product assessed, provided you retain a copy of the invoice. If you do not have a copy of your invoice, you must bring the product along with other proof of purchase, such as bank or credit card statement, to our headquarters at 124 - 130 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, VIC, 3020.
In case your order contains multiple items in one transaction, a bank/credit card statement may not suffice.
If we are not satisfied that you purchased the product from us then we may elect whether or not to accept your product for return. To prevent fraud, if you do not have a receipt, and we elect to give you a return we will need to record your personal details.
If the product you are returning is a Centre Com built product, and you do not have proof of purchase, we may offer you a repair, exchange or store credit (including online store) with the value of the product at the lowest recorded system purchase price as the purchase date (and hence the corresponding purchase price) of your product will not be able to be determined.
3. Lodging a Claim
Here are the steps to take in order to lodge a warranty return with us:
Speak to technical support via phone/email. Even if you are sure the hardware is faulty you must lodge a support request with the details of the problem. The reason for this is that 90% of returns are non-faulty and end up costing the owner wasted freight to and from us. There may also be a known fix or workaround and we can guide you in that direction.
If the request appears to be a hardware problem we will request you return the faulty goods. Please ensure your description is sufficient for our technicians to find and trouble shoot any suspected faults during testing upon return to us. Tech support can be reached on (03) 8311 7600 (Option 3).
Once it’s established that you need to return the item purchased from one of our stores, including the Centre Com online store, you should follow the guidelines below:
Ensure the hardware is packed well to avoid any in-transit damage.
Mark clearly your order # on the outside of the box, with our return address below.
Please only send back the piece of hardware or complete unit (i.e. wireless kit, complete speaker system) suspected of a fault, i.e. do not return manuals, boxes, driver disks or other accessories that you wish to keep as we cannot be responsible for the return or lack thereof of additional once a 3rd party vendor has processed the warranty claim.
If you are unsure of exactly what to send back please contact us.
Goods arriving damaged will not be accepted.
Inadequately packaged goods may incur a $25 packing fee on return.
Goods returned charged to us will not be accepted.
Centre Com cannot be held responsible for any damage caused during return transit.
Under no circumstances will Centre Com ship out replacement goods before the warranty items have been received by our warranty department.
4. Product Assessment
Once proof of purchase has been established, the available remedy will depend on the nature of the fault. You are entitled to a refund or exchange if an item has a MAJOR problem. This is when the item:
Has a problem that would have stopped someone from buying the item if they had known about it.
Is significantly different from the sample or description.
Doesn't do what we said it wouldn't or what you asked for and can’t be easily fixed.
Alternatively, you can choose to keep the item and we would compensate you for any drop in value.
If the problem is NOT MAJOR, we will repair the item within a reasonable time. If it is not repaired in a reasonable time you are entitled to a refund or replacement.
If upon inspection, no fault is found with the product, or that the product been damaged due to misuse or neglect, we may charge you the costs incurred by us in connection with the assessment of your product, including any shipping costs.
If the product does not match its advertised description, we may provide you with a choice between a refund or store credit (including online store) to the value of the product purchased.
5. When you are NOT entitled to a refund or exchange
Under the Australian Consumer Law, you have the right to return a product and get a refund or exchange if the product does not meet certain consumer guarantees - for example, if the product is faulty.
You do not have a right to return a product if you:
Changed your mind and no longer want the product
Ordered the wrong product
Found the product cheaper elsewhere
Found a better product elsewhere
Were aware of the relevant fault before buying the product (such as if the fault was written on the product's tag, or for online purchases, indicated in any photos or descriptions of the item online)
Damaged the product by misusing it (such as if you dropped your mobile phone in water)
Used the product for a long time and the problem is as a result of usual wear and tear.
6. Printers, Laptops and Monitors
These items are covered directly by their manufacturer, most of which have repairers nationwide. For printers, just check your manual, there should be an appropriate 1800 or 13 style telephone number to call.
Nearly all monitors have a nationwide on-site warranty inside a metro area. We are not an authorised service centre for these items. Lodge a request via our support area if you need more help contacting your manufacturer or their local service agent. Dead/Zero/Bright pixel warranties on LCD monitors are honoured, however since this is not a
Major fault, we do not cover any freight costs both ways for this service.
7. Goods Outside Centre Com Warranty That Still Have Factory Warranty
Some goods have an extended warranty from their manufacturer.
Centre Com warrants all goods sold (excluding consumables, OEM keyboard/mouse etc.) for 12 months.
We will handle returns when possible on extended warranty goods for customers, providing freight both ways and any other associated costs (factory testing, warranty rejection) are paid and a $25 service fee is paid.
8. Shipping and Other Costs
Returning small and medium-sized items.
You are responsible for returning small and medium-sized items to Centre Com. If you bought the item online, this means you must initially pay the return postage, shipping or courier costs.
Once we have the item, we will assess the problem. If the item has a major or minor fault, you are entitled to a refund of return costs.
Goods tested and found to be non-faulty will be returned at your cost.
If the product returned is found to be non-faulty upon inspection, you will be charged a $45 testing fee, or 10% of RRP for products under $100.
Returning large or heavy items
Centre Com will pay the return costs, or collect the item ourselves if:
The item has a major or minor fault
The item cannot be easily returned
The return costs are significant.
9. Return Address
Please use the address below to return products to us:
ATT: Warranty (Your Order Number)
100 Hampshire Rd (Entry via Derby Road)
NOTE: We cannot accept any C.O.D. items, sending this way will unfortunately result in delays caused by refusal to accept delivery.
10. Refund timeframe
Once we have ascertained that a refund needs be issued to you, it can take up to 2 weeks for the amount to be credited to your account.
All refunds will be provided back in the original tender.
Bank Transfers, cheques and debit cards will be refunded as bank transfers, PayPal payments will be credited back to the PayPal account concerned and credit card refunds are processed back onto the original credit card.