​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

Disputes about goods​

    ​​Wha​​t goods ca​​​n be recovered?

    Not all goods can be recovered using the information in this topic. This section explains what can be recovered and what can't be recovered.

    For more information, see Goods that can be recovered.​

    Who owns the goods?

    If a person wants goods returned, they will need to show that they are the owner of the goods. This section explains how you can work out who owns the goods and what evidence there is of ownership.

    It also explains that sometimes even though a person doesn't own the goods, they may have a legal right to keep the goods.

    For more information, see Ownership of goods.

    Stol​en goods

    There is a difference between goods that have not been returned and goods that are stolen. If goods have been stolen this can be reported to the police. If someone has stolen goods in their possession, they may face criminal charges.

    For more information, see Stolen goods.

    How long does someone have to recover goods?

    A person who wants to recover goods will usually have six years from the date they first demanded that the goods be returned to start a court case.

    For more information, see Time limits.

    Which court can deal with a case about goods?

    If a person wants to start a court case to get goods back, which court they should start the case in will depend on how much the goods are worth.

    For more information, see Which court?

    What are the goods worth?

    If the goods have been lost or destroyed, or can't be returned for any other reason, the person claiming them may instead claim payment for their value.

    For more information, see What are the goods worth?  

    Case study  

      Case study - Natalie and the pet dog

    N
    atalie went to Queensland for a six-month work contract. She could not take her pet dog, Charlie, with her. She asked her friend, Rachel, to look after her dog while she was gone.

    When Natalie returned
    to Sydney, Rachel told her she was not going to give Charlie back. She said that Natalie had not looked after Charlie properly and left him for long periods alone. Rachel said that Charlie was better off with her. Natalie does not agree and wants Charlie back.  

    FAQs

    For answers to commonly asked questions, see  Disputes about goods - Frequently Asked Questions.​​​