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Terms & Conditions / Privacy & Security Policy

Terms & Conditions

1. Deposit:

A minimum deposit of 20% plus airfares per person is required to confirm your reservations.  The reservation deposit is non-refundable.  Payment of your deposit will be deemed as you accepting these terms and conditions.  You will not seek to reverse the reservation deposit if any travel service provider is unable to provide the services for which you have contracted. Credit card payments are accepted with fees applicable (2% for Visa and MasterCard, 3% for American Express and Diners).

2. Final payment:

The balance for all bookings is due 90 days prior to travel.

2.1 If you have not paid by the due date we may cancel your arrangements and retain your deposit.

2.2 Credit card payments are accepted with fees applicable (2% for Visa and MasterCard, 3% for American Express and Diners). To avoid the payment of credit card fees, EFT transfers and cheques are accepted, however the funds must be cleared into the nominated Holidays of Australia bank account by the due date of the final payment.

3. Late bookings:

Reservations made within 90 days of departure will only be accepted if the total value of the arrangements is paid in full at the time of booking, this also secures payment of any cancellation fees imposed if the booking is subsequently cancelled by you. In the event that we are unable to confirm your requested arrangements your payment will be refunded in full.

4. Cancellations by you:

Cancellation of a booking, or part thereof, will incur the following fees plus any additional supplier charges. Once travel has commenced, no refunds will be made for any unused service. All flights are non-refundable and changeable subject to fees and applicable fare rules.

Cancellation period prior to departure date   Cancellation fee as % of total package value
91+ days   Loss of deposit
90 days and less   100%

5. Changes by us:

At the time of booking in the event we have to change any component to your itinerary due to schedule changes, unavailability or price increase due to supplier charges your package will be re-priced accordingly and you will be notified. In almost all cases, significant changes to your itinerary and even the cancellation of one or more parts of your holiday package will be due to factors which are outside our control, given we are not ourselves a provider of travel services.  We will notify you of changes to your booking as soon as we can.  We cannot accept any liability or pay any compensation where the services we have promised to arrange are significantly modified or cannot be provided at all or as promised as a result of circumstances which are outside of our control. We reserve the right to amend your travel documents if they do not match your booking due to our error or omission.

6. Changes by you:

Should you choose to change any of your travel arrangements a change fee of $25 per person per change is applicable in addition to any change and cancellation fees imposed by our supplier partners as per their terms and conditions. In the event you should advise the spelling of your name which does not match your as per identification or request incorrect travel dates resulting in the reissue and or rebooking of your travel arrangements, all and any fees incurred will be passed on to you for payment.

7. Itinerary and Fares:

Rates and details are valid at the time of printing however, these can be subject to alteration and we reserve the right to alter fares in the case of unforeseen circumstances without notice.

8. On board currency and on board purchases:

We cannot accept responsibility for any advice in relation to the currency used on board cruise ships or the methods of payment of on board purchases.  You are solely responsible for making your own enquires in relation to the currency used on board cruise ships and the methods of payment of on board purchases.

9. Airfares:

Where airfares have been included in itineraries, they are based on lead in economy fares based on the best availability at the time of packaging. In the event that fares have increased an additional payment will be required. Fares include check-in luggage and inflight dining and entertainment where applicable. Should you require certain facilities or have a preferred airline please discuss this with your consultant at the time of booking.

10. Hotel check-in procedures:

When checking into hotels it is common procedure to present valid photo identification on arrival. Many hotels may also require a credit card pre-authorisation upon arrival as a security bond to cover any incidental expenses incurred during the stay (please note: the amount charged will vary, however some hotels will charge AU$100 per night upwards as a security bond). Cash is not accepted as a payment for the security bond.

11. Travel Insurance:

We strongly recommend that passengers have their own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings, cancellation charges and not being able to travel on the confirmed departure date. Please enquire at the time of booking.

12. Passports:

When travelling internationally, you are required to have a valid passport to show upon departure and arrival of your journey. Often this requires at least 6-12 months validity past your return date to Australia depending on your destination. Please ask your consultant for further clarification at the time of enquiry. You are solely responsible for meeting necessary passport requirements and paying all associated costs.

13. Visas:

Depending on diplomatic relations, some countries will require you to obtain a visa in order to stay in the country. Even if you are just stopping over for a few hours, some countries will require you to have a visa if you wish to leave the airport. To find out if you require a visa for your international stay and how to apply for one, refer to the destination's consulate or embassy, your consultant or visit Visa Link online http://visalink.com.au. You are solely responsible for meeting necessary visa entry requirements and paying all associated costs.

14. Concessions:

Please note: To receive concessional travel fares, Great Southern Rail is required to confirm your eligibility for the concession electronically with Centrelink. If you do not want this to happen you will need to contact Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to obtain a Pension Concession Letter as proof of your eligibility for the concession and provide this directly to Great Southern Rail before the concession can be given. To qualify for Concession Fares, Australian Pensioner, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card or state issued Seniors Card must be presented at the time of booking must be valid as at the time of bookings and travel and must be carried at all times during travel. Not all sectors are included in arrangements for the funding of concessions. Funding for concessions may be withdrawn subsequent to the printing of this document and any rates quoted may therefore change without notice

15. Documentation:

In order for us to prepare your tickets we require the following documentation:

15.1 For bookings with concession discounts – a copy of your Pensioner Card, Commonwealth Senior Health Card or state issued Senior Card. (Please refer to Concessions paragraph for further details).

15.2 International bookings – a copy of your passport.

15.3 Domestic bookings - a copy of your Driver’s License or Government issued photo identification.

15.4 Cruise bookings – completed cruise booking form supplied by your Holidays of Australia consultant. Your full itinerary, vouchers and tickets will be sent to you 2-3 weeks prior to your departure on the condition that all required documentation has been received.

16. Pricing:

All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars and packages containing international components are subject to currency fluctuations until paid in full. All from package prices which include a cruise component are based on a lead category interior cabin. Rail journeys are based on pensioner prices where applicable. Package prices are correct as at time of printing and are subject to availability, change and seasonal surcharges. Prices may exclude flights, visas, insurance, items of a personal nature and compulsory charges collected by third parties.

17. Images:

All images in this brochure depict authentic locations; their appearance in the brochure does not indicate that these destinations will be included in your arrangements. Some images have been provided by or purchased from Australian Tourism Bodies, Photo Stock Libraries and our preferred suppliers

18. Bookings by travel agent/operator

If you are a travel agent or tour operator making a booking on behalf of clients, you acknowledge and agree that you and your client(s) are bound by these general booking conditions.

19. Automatic upgrades

From time to time, travel service providers provide automatic upgrades.  It is your responsibility to advise us if you do not wish to be eligible for an automatic upgrade.

20. Agency

We act as an agent for, and sell various travel related products as agent on behalf of, numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, coach, rail and cruise line operators. Any services we provide to you are collateral to that agency relationship. Our obligation to you is to (and you expressly authorise us to) make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers.  We exercise care in the selection of reputable service providers but we have no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties.  We regret we cannot guarantee itineraries and the connections associated with any of our packages.  All bookings are made on your behalf subject to the terms of conditions, including conditions of carriage and limitations of liability, imposed by these service providers.  We can provide you with copies of the relevant service provider terms and conditions on request. Your legal rights in connection with the provision of travel services are against the specific provider and, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part, are not against us.  Specifically, if for any reason (excluding fault on our part) any travel service provider is unable to provide the services for which you have contracted, your rights are against that provider and not against us.

21. Minimum group numbers

Our escorted tours are subject to a minimum number of participants as determined by us in order to be financially viable and to have a pleasant group atmosphere.  If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to withdraw the tour escort and re-price the tour.

22.  Special needs

Should you have any special needs, you are required to inform us at the time of your booking.  Special needs include (without limitation) if you have any disability, illness disease or other condition, you have limited mobility, you have a service animal, you are pregnant, you need special help or any other circumstances exist which may make it difficult for you to use travel services.  If you fail to advise us of your special needs, we may not be able to book suitable travel services for you. To the extent permitted by law, you are responsible for ensuring that the travel services are suitable for your special needs.

23. Jurisdiction

These general booking conditions are governed by the laws in force in South Australia.  You agree that, in the event of a dispute between you and us, any action you bring against us will be brought in South Australia, Australia.

Your full itinerary, vouchers and tickets will be sent to you approximately 2-3 weeks prior to your departure on the condition that all required documentation has been received.

Again, many thanks and we look forward to assisting you.

Holidays of Australia


Privacy & Security Policy

Holidays of Australia & the World (HOA) recognises the importance of protecting the privacy and security of our customers and other third parties who provide their personal information to us.

Our policy for dealing with your personal information is explained below (Privacy Policy). 

Our Privacy Policy is regularly updated and includes disclosure of the matters set out in the Australian Privacy Principles.

Personal information we collect

When used in this policy, “personal information” has the meaning given to that term in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).  Personal information generally includes any information that can be used to personally identify you.

The personal information we collect from you is what is reasonably necessary for our business functions. We may collect the following types of personal information from you:

  • name;
  • residential or business address;
  • email address;
  • post code;
  • gender;
  • age and date of birth;
  • signature;
  • telephone number;
  • proof of identity, such as your drivers licence, seniors/pension card or passport number;
  • if you are a candidate for employment, we may collect other information as further set out in our application forms or during the recruitment process.  This may include information relating to your employment history, working eligibility rights, suitability for the role you are applying for, and your referee details.

Other information

We may also collect information from you that is not personal information because it does not identify you personally.  This information is normally retained with your personal information and may include:

  • your holiday/shopping preferences and a list of products and services you have purchased from HOA.  This may include your holiday/shopping history, product types, departments, specifications, or other attributes of products and services we have provided to you or may provide to you in the future;
  • information we require to deliver, service or fulfil obligations for products or services;
  • your marketing preferences, including the type of marketing materials you wish to receive and the method of delivery (email, SMS, direct mail, or other);
  • if you are a member of our loyalty or reward programs, your membership number, transaction history, account preferences, and reward redemption history for loyalty or reward program rewards or services;
  • information you provide to us via our customer service centre, website, application forms, or directly to team members within our stores in relation to our products and services; 
  • device identification information when you use a computer, mobile phone, smart phone, tablet, or other device to access any of our online services or to interact with us through our online store (www.holidaysofaustralia.com.au or www.shortbreaksaustralia.com.au).  This information may include session cookies, your device IMEI number, IP address or MAC address; and 
  • information collected via our secure payment processing systems. This may include a unique card identification number to identify you as a repeat customer.

Purpose of collection of your personal information

We collect your personal information for the primary purpose of being able to sell and promote our products to you (Purpose).  In addition we collect your personal information so that we can carry out the following actions:

  • to provide you with products and services that you have requested from us;
  • to communicate with you, including about products and services, competition results, special offers, and events which might interest you;
  • to answer your questions and provide you with information or advice;
  • to interact with you via social media and digital marketing;
  • to create orders, transaction records, agreements for the sale of products or services, accounts, tax invoices or receipts;
  • if you are a loyalty or reward program member, to service your loyalty or reward account, fulfil redemptions, and to provide rewards and special offers to you in accordance with the terms of our loyalty or reward program;
  • provide your personal information to third parties that assist us in providing products and services you have requested, such as delivery service providers and fulfilment managers;
  • carry out administration, marketing, planning, fraud and loss prevention activities, procurement, product and service development, quality control and research to improve the way Holidays of Australia and its related bodies corporate and service providers provide products and services to you;
  • to consider and respond to complaints made by you;
  • to comply with laws or regulations or to comply with any directions given by regulators or authorities; or
  • if you are a candidate for employment, to assess your suitability for a position at Holidays of Australia.

If we are unable to collect your personal information

If we are unable to collect your personal information, some or all of the following may occur:

  • we may be unable to provide products or services to you, to the requested standard or at all;
  • we may be unable to communicate with you to provide information about products and services that you have purchased from us, or may intend to purchase in the future;
  • we may be unable to tailor the content of our marketing communications to suit your preferences;
  • your experience when interacting with us may be delayed or not as efficient as you may expect; or
  • if you are a candidate for employment, we may not be able to process your application for a position at Holidays of Australia.

Pseudonyms and anonymity

While you have the discretion to use a pseudonym or remain anonymous when dealing with us, the use of pseudonyms may prevent us from being able to provide you with products and travel services or for other purposes described in this Privacy Policy. This is particularly the case where you order goods such as travel products that require your full legal names and personal details in order for the at order to be fulfilled.


Cookies are small pieces of information captured when your device is used to access online content. 

We use cookies to ensure a more streamlined online shopping experience, to identify and store your personal preferences without the need for you to save them and provide you with appropriate and relevant promotions. 

We may use temporary (session) cookies or permanent cookies when you access our web site, which allows us to recognise your browser and track the web pages you have visited.

We use Google Analytics for Display Advertising to collect visitor data and analyse traffic throughout our site. This information is only used to help us better understand our customers to ensure a more streamlined online shopping experience. This information does not contain personal details.

We may also use the available information as provided through the Google advertising cookies to advertise (commonly referred to as remarketing) to you through the Google Display Network. You can choose to opt-out of the Google Analytics Advertising Features in several ways, including through Ads Settings, Ad Settings for mobile apps, or by visiting the Ads Preferences Manager. There is also a Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

You can switch off cookies by adjusting the settings on your web browser.

Unsolicited information

We will endeavour to only take information from you which is reasonably necessary for our business functions.

If you send us personal information that we have not requested, or we determine that the personal information you have provided to us is not reasonably necessary or directly related to any of our business functions or activities, we may de-identify or delete this information without notifying you to protect your privacy.

How we collect your personal information

Normally we collect information from you directly, unless it is unreasonable or impracticable to do so.

Collection of your personal information can occur through the following interactions:

  • when you make an enquiry, request or make a booking with Holidays of Australia
  • when you join our loyalty or reward program
  • when you register with us by creating an account, or subscribe to our marketing programs;
  • when you access and use our website or WiFi services, or interact with us via social media or digital media
  • when you provide information to our team members;
  • when you complete purchase orders, registrations, requests or applications for our products or services (by phone, in person or electronically);
  • when you communicate with us directly (by email, telephone, direct mail or any other means); 
  • when you interact with us during promotions, competitions, special events, or by using devices within our stores; or
  • if you are a candidate for employment, when you complete forms in relation to the recruitment and selection process, for the purpose of assessment.

We may also collect personal information about you from the following third parties:

  • partners and suppliers who provide goods and services to our business.  This may include airlines, hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, rail operators and any other supplier that we work who provide products and services to you on our behalf; 

How we hold your personal information

We may hold your personal information in either electronic or hard copy form.

If you provide information to us electronically we retain this information in our computer systems and databases.  This includes computer software programs, internet servers, and hosted internet solutions provided by third parties.

If you provide information to us in hard copy (paper) this information is normally retained in our files and a copy is made to our electronic files.


We use industry standard security measures to safeguard and protect your information.  This includes taking reasonable steps to ensure your personal information is protected from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

Disclosure of your personal information

Your personal information may be disclosed in connection with any Purpose to any of the following:

  • our employees, contractors or service providers, to the extent reasonably necessary to fulfil our obligations to you.  This may include airlines, hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, rail operators and any other supplier that we work who provide products and services to you on our behalf, internet service providers, IT systems administrators, mailing houses, couriers, payment processors, and data entry service providers;
  • our related companies and brands, including Holidays of the World and Short Breaks Australia;
  • our business advisors, including lawyers, accountants or other professional service providers, to the extent reasonably required;
  • our loyalty or reward program partners, suppliers and service providers;
  • suppliers and other third parties with whom we have commercial relationships, for business, marketing and related purposes;
  • if you are a candidate for an employment position involving a third party with whom we have an agreement, to that third party to assess your application; and
  • if required by law, to any person authorised by such law.  This may include the police service, ambulance service, or government departments or regulators within Australia in connection with law enforcement activities.

Your personal information will not be shared, sold, rented or disclosed other than as described in this Privacy Policy.

Direct Marketing

We may send you direct marketing communications and information about products and services offered by us or our retail brands, partners or suppliers via the channels you have nominated.  This may include, but is not limited to, email, SMS, or regular mail, social media and other digital channels.

If you have indicated a preference for a method of communication, we will endeavour to use that method wherever practical to do so.

You may opt out of receiving marketing communications at any time by responding via the channel in which you received the marketing communication, or by contacting us (see contact information below).  You can unsubscribe from emails by clicking the unsubscribe link on the footer of the email communication you have received.  You may also update your personal information by editing your online profile.

You may also receive marketing communications by post and email from our retail brands, partners and suppliers who provide goods and services within our stores, but this will only occur where you have requested that type of information from us or from a third party within our stores.

We do not provide your personal information to any other organisations for the purposes of direct marketing.

Information given by you to other parties

So that we can provide a wide range of products and services to you, third parties offering products and services may be operating in our stores from time to time.  If you provide personal information to a third party other than Holidays of Australia, please contact that third party directly in relation to the handling of your personal information.

How you may access your information

You may access your personal information held by Holidays of Australia by making a request to us.  

Email: holidays@holidaysofaustralia.com.au

Phone: 1300 854 897


The Privacy Officer

Holidays of Australia Pty Ltd

Legal Services

18 Grote Street


Normally we will provide a record of your personal information to you via your preferred contact method (phone, email or mail), and we may charge a fee.

If your request is unlawful or may interfere with the privacy of others we may reasonably refuse to provide access to your personal information.

Correction of your personal information

If you would like us to update or amend your personal information, please contact us in writing and we will make the requested amendments.

We may ask you to verify your identity to ensure that personal information we hold is not improperly accessed.


If you feel your privacy has been breached, please contact us in writing using the contact information above setting out the circumstances and reasons for your complaint. 

Our team members will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within 48 hours, and will normally respond to your request within 7 business days.  If your complaint is complicated or requires further investigation our response may take additional time to finalise.

We will respond to you by your preferred contact method if you have indicated one.

Overseas disclosure of personal information

We may disclose your personal information to third parties and service providers located overseas in connection with a Purpose.

We take reasonable steps to ensure that the overseas recipients of your personal information do not breach the privacy obligations relating to your personal information.

We may disclose your personal information to the following locations:

  • the country in which you nominate as a delivery address – for order fulfilment (if not within Australia), if you have ordered products or services from our online store and require delivery to an address in that foreign country;

Other services

We may offer seasonal or temporary services, promotions, social media events, products, competitions or other promotional events from time to time (Other Services).  Our Privacy Policy will apply to those Other Services but we may have additional terms which apply.  Any additional terms will be made available to you when you are utilising our Other Services.

Express consent to collection, storage, use and disclosure

In addition to the other consents provided by you above, by agreeing to accept the terms of this privacy policy, or by providing your personal information to us, or both, you are taken to have expressly consented to the collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information for each of the purposes and to all of the parties outlined in this privacy policy.

Contacting us

If you would like to contact us in relation to this Privacy Policy or your personal information please contact us at:


The Privacy Officer

Holidays of Australia Pty Ltd

Legal Services

18 Grote Street


We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Amendments will be published here, last updated 6 July 2016.

Candidates and employees

If you are a candidate for employment, you may alternatively contact careers@holidaysofaustralia.com.au in relation to this Privacy Policy or to access, update or amend your personal information.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to current and former employees of Holidays of Australia.  If you are a current or former employee and have a query about your personal information, please contact your Human Resources Representative.

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