Sale of Goods Act 1896 - Queensland

Service summary

The object of the Act is to codify the common law relating to the sale of goods.

The Act governs the commercial relationship between parties to transactions for the sale and purchase of goods. It effectively imports into such transactions statutory warranties, terms and conditions and thereby creates certainty of contract.

The Act contains provision relating to:

  • formation, effects and performance of the contract
  • rights of unpaid seller against the goods and rights of retention
  • rights of stoppage in transit
  • resale by buyer or seller
  • actions for breach of the contract.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Fair Trading Act 1989
  • Fair Trading Regulation 2001

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms


Profits of a crop.


includes all personal chattels other than money or things in action, and also includes emblements and things attached to or forming part of the land which are agreed to be severed before sale or under contract of sale.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

An aggrieved party may take civil action through the courts in respect of a breach of the contract.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Fair Trading Policy Branch

Contact details

Queensland Government Service Centre
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Fair Trading Policy Branch

Operating address:
Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001


07 3405 0985


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


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