I am the assistant treasure for Tongan Parish Congregation under Uniting Church of Australia. We plan a travel to our

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Customer: My name is***** and I am the assistant treasure for Tongan Parish Congregation under Uniting Church of Australia. We plan a travel to our Church conference in Tonga on the 22nd of June, which it's a one off travel and due to the restriction of the Covid-19, they cancel the Conference but i already made a booking for 45 memebers of our group. i was booking online in a group of 6 per booking, and with 3 different agents and flight in one carrier which is virgin australia. I contact virgin australia and they said their refund fee is still normal and i try to contact these three agent and i haven't get through to them. The total cost of our fare was $34419.05
JA: What state is this in? And just to clarify, when was the purchase made?
Customer: NSW 3/03/2020
JA: Have you contacted the seller or manufacturer?
Customer: i try to contact by phone but was unsucess
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Customer: is there any fee for this?
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Hi, I’m John, solicitor, and reviewing your post, and may need to ask a few questions a long the way to assist you.

In relation to import matter, the aspect you need to consider is the terms and conditions of the agency you are using, especially any ticket purchases you have paid in full, upon reviewing their terms and conditions, if you think the agency or another third-party is not acting appropriately in regards ***** ***** necessary assistance with refunds or changes to bookings, you may be able to raise a claim for misleading conduct.

I note the following actions that you may consider.

Consumers have a set of consumer guarantees when purchasing most products or services that can’t be excluded, modified or limited by contract.

https://www.accc.gov.au/business/treating-customers-fairly/consumers-rights-obligations

If one of the consumer guarantees under the Australian consumer law has not been met, generally the seller must repair, replace or refund whether it is goods or services. The type of remedy depends on whether the failure is major or minor.

Certain signs are unlawful, such as:

• ‘No refunds’

• ‘No refunds on sale items’

• ‘Exchange or credit note only for the return of sale items’.

Consumer guarantees still apply regardless of whether an item is on sale.

If the customer has simply changed their mind, the seller does not have to refund. However, if the seller has an in-store policy to offer a refund, exchange or credit note if a customer changes their mind, then this policy should be clearly displayed at the point of sale or included on your business’ website (if it has one). If the store has such policies, they must follow them

There are different ways a customer can provide proof of purchase, not just a cash register or hand-written receipt. These may include:

• a credit or debit card statement

• a receipt or reference number given for phone or internet payments

• a copy or photograph of the receipt.

Business cannot:

not mislead customers, including about what the customer is entitled to under their terms and conditions

not act unconscionably when dealing with their customers

not seek to rely on unfair terms in standard form contracts with customers.

You can seek resolution in the following way and claim compensation as well.

I recommend that you file a claim as soon as possible.

What you need to do is issue a formal complaint in writing to the other party, seeking an assessment/review on the matter, and that you require a response within 7 to 14 days subject to your requirements.

Make sure you enclose al factual evidence you have with the correspondence that you send to the other party.

When you draft this correspondence make sure it is in chronological order that is by listing with numbers example; one, two, three, etc.

The more detail you provide it will assist in resolving the specific matter in a timely way.

Where no response is received and you have reviewed the conditions carefully on the agreement if there are any, and you are still not in satisfied with the situation that is occurring, you can then raise a claim in the Tribunal or Court

Thank you for reaching out today.

You have a legal right to protect your interests in this important situation.

I am a user like you in this chat forum to assist in your important question today.

Thank you kindly for rating me with 5 stars, which helps me support the community.

You can come back to this post any time to ask questions without additional charge.

I hope I have assisted with answering your important question today, and thank you for supporting the community.

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