In the first case of its kind in Australia, on 30 July 2013 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission was successful in convincing the Federal Court of Australia to declare several standard terms of internet service provider ByteCard void under Australian consumer law legislation.

The offending terms provided that:

  • ByteCard could unilaterally vary prices without giving customers a right to terminate
  • ByteCard could terminate at any time without cause
  • ByteCard customers indemnified ByteCard for losses in any circumstances - even in circumstances where the losses are caused by ByteCard.