Bahá'í Distribution Services

Bahá'í Distribution Services (BDS), Bahá'í Publications Australia (BPA) and the website are the distribution and publication businesses of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Australia Inc. (ABN 71 174 672 086), and are overseen by the Distribution and Publication Board. The Board seeks to learn about: the changing conditions and needs for the provision of literature and materials for the advancement of the Faith at the grass-roots; to refine systems for the production and distribution of literature and materials; and to raise teams of individuals skilled in publication and distribution.

To make requests or provide feedback regarding the distribution service please email

Through this website, Bahá'í Distribution Services delivers to Australia and New Zealand.



Fees and charges
Distribution model
Ruhi Institute and Junior Youth Group materials
Distribution with Bahá'í Distribution Services
Self-Publishing and Publishing with Bahá'í Publications Australia
Next steps for the Board



We respect your right to privacy under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and comply with the Australian Privacy Principles in respect of the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information.

Personal information about our customers, including your name, address, telephone number and other personal details will be used to provide service to you, and for general business administration. Your personal information will not be released to anyone other than necessary to fulfil your order. We provide your personal information to BDS suppliers and delivery services who operate on behalf of BDS for the purposes of delivering items to you and to allow for the tracking of dispatched orders. We do not rent or sell any personal information.

Caveat: Baha'i Distribution Services distributes Ruhi Institute materials and Junior Youth Group materials on behalf of Regional Institute Boards. To facilitate accompaniment and learning, sales information of these materials are forwarded to Institute Boards.

You may contact us on at any time to request access to, or correction of, your personal information that we hold.

If you subscribe to our email newsletter you may at any time unsubscribe via a link on the newsletter.

If you have downloaded a digital file either for free or paid, then we also request your personal details, for the specific purpose of understanding the needs of the population we are serving.

We will take reasonable steps to protect personal information collected on this website from misuse, interference, loss, unauthorised access, and modification or disclosure to unauthorised persons. The personal information obtained by BDS is stored electronically by third-party services contracted by the National Spiritual Assembly. The services contracted include Shopify for eCommerce, PayPal as a payment gateway, and DEAR System for inventory and customer management

Australian-based services are bound to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles. Data managed by Shopify is stored on a secure server behind a firewall.

More concise information about privacy from third-party services can be viewed via the following links:

All transactions are processed securely, compliant to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) level 1 standard.

If you have any queries about this Privacy Statement or the National Spiritual Assembly’s Privacy Policy, or wish to raise any concern about the manner in which your personal information is collected, held, used or disclosed, please contact the National Secretariat at




If the purchased item does not match its description on our website then you are entitled to a refund. If the purchased item arrived in a damaged state then you are entitled to a replacement. In both instances, you must notify us within 14 days of receipt of the item, otherwise, we cannot refund or replace the item. Please contact the distribution service via, include a description of your concerns, photos of the purchased items, and the order number from the email receipt that was emailed to you. Please do not return your items to the logistics service.

We are not required, and do not offer a credit or refund to you, if you simply change your mind on any items purchased, or you have made a mistake in your ordering.

The Bahá'í Distributions Services is compliant with Australian Consumer Law.




This service delivers to Australia only. Please note that it is your responsibility to provide an accurate delivery address. Any shipment that is delayed or lost and is found to have had incorrect and/or insufficient delivery address details provided by you, will not be the responsibility of, or covered by, BDS.

Baha'i Warehouse Services
Dispatch time for items from the warehouse service is approximately two working days. Delivery time is usually 3-5 working days for metro areas on the eastern side of Australia and 5-7 working days for other destinations within Australia. A dispatch email with tracking will be send once dispatched.

Baha'i Print Services
Print and dispatch time for items from the print-on-demand service is approximately five working days. Delivery time is usually 3-5 working days for metro areas on the eastern side of Australia and 5-7 working days for other destinations within Australia. A dispatch email with tracking will be send once dispatched.

Third-party Suppliers
Dispatched time for third-party supplied items is approximately three working days. Delivery time is usually 3-5 working days for metro areas on the eastern side of Australia and 5-7 working days for other destinations within Australia. Tracking is not generally available, and generally, no dispatch email will be sent.

All prices are in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST.

Postage rates per service (inc. GST).
Baha'i Warehouse Services $7.95
Third-party Suppliers Free



Bahá'i Distribution Services orders are fulfilled by print-on-demand services located in Melbourne, drop-ship services by independent suppliers across Australia, and warehouse services located in Sydney.



Published-edition English and Persian Ruhi Institute and English Junior Youth Materials are available to the public from this website. All pre-published materials are available indirectly through this website via an online form that is sent to Institute Boards as a request for them to supply pre-published materials.

Persian materials are available through print-on-demand. Thus, the delivery time for these materials may be longer than the delivery for English materials.