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Recovery of goods 

Goods may be any property that belongs to you, including, cars, jewellery, animals and furniture.

This topic has information about what you can do if:

  • you are trying to get your goods back from someone, or
  • someone is chasing you to get their goods back.

You may be able to use the information in this topic if:

  • you left goods with a friend or family member, or they left goods with ​you
  • you lent goods to someone, and want them back
  • you sold goods to someone, and they haven't paid you
  • someone is trying to get back goods they have given you
  • someone is trying to get goods back that you paid for.

This topic does not have information about:  

  • goods left behind by a tenant at the end of a tenancy
  • goods left behind by a boarder in a boarding house
  • goods le​ft in storage with a business or at a repair shop to be fixed
  • Property Recovery Orders in an Apprehended Violence Order (AV0) case
  • how to use family law to get goods held by your spouse or partner after a marriage or de facto relationship has ended
  • goods not received under a consumer contract
  • documents held by a solicitor
  • goods left with a pawnbroker
  • animals left on a property to graze (known as 'agistment').

In these cases there may be other legal ways to fix a dispute about goods. If you are in one of these situations, you should not use the information in this topic. You should get legal advice to find out the best way to solve your problem.

The information provided in this topic is for goods worth $10 000 or less. If you are trying to recover goods worth more than $10 000, you should get legal advice.

Disputes about goods

Whether you are trying to get your goods back or someone is trying to get their goods back from you, there are some things you should consider:

  • What goods can be recovered?
  • Who owns the goods?
  • How long does someone have to recover their goods?
  • Which court can you go to?
  • How much are the goods worth?
  • Will it cost anything to try and recover the goods?

For more information, see Disputes about goods.

Getting your goods back

If you are trying to get your goods back from someone, you can try:

  • talking to them
  • sending them a letter
  • starting a case in the Local Court to get the goods back or  an amount of money for the value of the goods.

For more information, see Getting your goods back.  

Being chased for goods  

If someone is trying to get goods back from you, you can try:

  • talking to them
  • writing to them or responding to a letter they have written to you
  • responding to their claim in the Local Court

For more information, see Being chased for goods.

Forms

This section lists the forms and documents you may need for a recovery of goods case in court. It also has instructions and samples to help you complete these forms and documents.

For more information, see Forms.

Getting more help

If you are involved in a recovery of goods case, there are some services that may be able to help you.

For more information, see Getting more help.

The information in this topic was last updated: May 2013 

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