Herbert Merwood Pty Ltd T/A AQUARIUS DESIGNS – Terms & Conditions of Trade
- “Supplier” shall mean Herbert Merwood Pty Ltd T/A Aquarius Designs its successors and assigns or any person acting on behalf of and with the authority of Herbert Merwood Pty Ltd T/A Aquarius Designs
- “Client” shall mean the Client (or any person acting on behalf of and with the authority of the Client) as described on any quotation, work authorisation or other form as provided by the Supplier to the Client.
- “Guarantor” means that person (or persons), or entity, who agrees to be liable for the debts of the Client on a principal debtor basis.
- “Goods” shall mean Goods supplied by the Supplier to the Client (and where the context so permits shall include any supply of Services as hereinafter defined) and are as described on the invoices, quotation, work authorisation or any other forms as provided by the Supplier to the Client.
- “Services” shall mean all Services supplied by the Supplier to the Client and includes any advice or recommendations (and where the context so permits shall include any supply of Goods as defined above).
- “Price” shall mean the price payable for the Goods as agreed between the Supplier and the Client in accordance with clause 3 of this contract.
- Any instructions received by the Supplier from the Client for the supply of Goods and/or the Client’s acceptance of Goods supplied by the Supplier shall constitute acceptance of the terms and conditions contained herein.
- Where more than one Client has entered into this agreement, the Clients shall be jointly and severally liable for all payments of the Price.
- Upon acceptance of these terms and conditions by the Client the terms and conditions are binding and can only be amended with the written consent of the Supplier.
- The Client shall give the Supplier not less than fourteen (14) days prior written notice of any proposed change of ownership of the Client or any change in the Client’s name and/or any other change in the Client’s details (including but not limited to, changes in the Client’s address, facsimile number, or business practice). The Client shall be liable for any loss incurred by the Supplier as a result of the Client’s failure to comply with this clause.
3.0 Price And Payment
- At the Supplier’s sole discretion the Price shall be as indicated on invoices provided by the Supplier to the Client in respect of Goods supplied.
- The Supplier reserves the right to change the Price in the event of a variation to the Supplier’s quotation.
- At the Supplier’s sole discretion a deposit may be required.
- At the Supplier’s sole discretion:
- payment shall be due on delivery of the Goods; or
- payment shall be due before delivery of the Goods; or
- payment for approved Clients shall be made by instalments in accordance with the Supplier’s payment schedule; or
- payment for approved Client’s shall be due thirty (30) days following the date of the invoice.
- Time for payment for the Goods shall be of the essence and will be stated on the invoice or any other forms. If no time is stated then payment shall be due seven (7) days following the date of the invoice.
- Payment will be made by cash, or by cheque, or by bank cheque, or by direct credit, or by any other method as agreed to between the Client and the Supplier.
- GST and other taxes and duties that may be applicable shall be added to the Price except when they are expressly included in the Price.
4.0 Delivery Of Goods
- At the Supplier’s sole discretion delivery of the Goods shall take place when the Client takes possession of the Goods at the Client’s nominated address (in the event that the Goods are delivered by the Supplier or the Supplier’s nominated carrier).
- At the Supplier’s sole discretion the costs of delivery are included in the Price.
- The Client shall make all arrangements necessary to take delivery of the Goods whenever they are tendered for delivery. In the event that the Client is unable to take delivery of the Goods as arranged then the Supplier shall be entitled to charge a reasonable fee for redelivery.
- Delivery of the Goods to a third party nominated by the Client is deemed to be delivery to the Client for the purposes of this agreement.
- The failure of the Supplier to deliver shall not entitle either party to treat this contract as repudiated.
- The Supplier shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatever due to failure by the Supplier to deliver the Goods (or any of them) promptly or at all.
5.0 Display Stands Provided On Loan
- Display stands shall at all times remain the property of the Supplier.
- The Supplier agrees that they shall be responsible for delivery of the display stand to the Client.
- The Client agrees that;
- the display stand is only to be used to display Supplier products; and
- the display stand is to be kept stocked to the agreed minimum levels at all times; and
- the Client is responsible for the upkeep of the stand and agrees to take all due care to ensure that the display stand is not damaged or marked in any way; and
- they shall immediately advise the Supplier if for any reason they opt to remove the display stand from display.
- The Supplier reserves the right to require the immediate return of the stand in the event that the conditions in clause 5.3 are not met.
- The Client may opt to return the stand to the Supplier at any time, but may not throw it away, or give it to any other party, unless with the express permission of the Supplier.
- If the stand is damaged or lost whilst in the care of the Client then the Client shall be liable for the full cost of the repair or replacement of the stand (notwithstanding that such costs shall not exceed the value of the stand as stated in the Supplier’s display stand agreement).
- If the Supplier retains ownership of the Goods nonetheless, all risk for the Goods passes to the Client on delivery.
- If any of the Goods are damaged or destroyed following delivery but prior to ownership passing to the Client, the Supplier is entitled to receive all insurance proceeds payable for the Goods. The production of these terms and conditions by the Supplier is sufficient evidence of the Supplier’s rights to receive the insurance proceeds without the need for any person dealing with the Supplier to make further enquiries.
- The Supplier and Client agree that ownership of the Goods shall not pass until:
- the Client has paid the Supplier all amounts owing for the particular Goods; and
- the Client has met all other obligations due by the Client to the Supplier in respect of all contracts between the Supplier and the Client.
- Receipt by the Supplier of any form of payment other than cash shall not be deemed to be payment until that form of payment has been honoured, cleared or recognised and until then the Supplier’s ownership or rights in respect of the Goods shall continue.
- It is further agreed that:
- where practicable the Goods shall be kept separate and identifiable until the Supplier shall have received payment and all other obligations of the Client are met; and
- until such time as ownership of the Goods shall pass from the Supplier to the Client the Supplier may give notice in writing to the Client to return the Goods or any of them to the Supplier. Upon such notice the rights of the Client to obtain ownership or any other interest in the Goods shall cease; and
- the Supplier shall have the right of stopping the Goods in transit whether or not delivery has been made; and
- if the Client fails to return the Goods to the Supplier then the Supplier or the Supplier’s agent may enter upon and into land and premises owned, occupied or used by the Client, or any premises as the invitee of the Client, where the Goods are situated and take possession of the Goods; and
- the Client is only a bailee of the Goods and until such time as the Supplier has received payment in full for the Goods then the Client shall hold any proceeds from the sale or disposal of the Goods on trust for the Supplier; and
- the Client shall not deal with the money of the Supplier in any way which may be adverse to the Supplier; and
- the Client shall not charge the Goods in any way nor grant nor otherwise give any interest in the Goods while they remain the property of the Supplier; and
- the Supplier can issue proceedings to recover the Price of the Goods sold notwithstanding that ownership of the Goods may not have passed to the Client; and
- until such time that ownership in the Goods passes to the Client, if the Goods are converted into other products, the parties agree that the Supplier will be the owner of the end products.
9.0 Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (“PPSA”)
- In this clause:
- financing statement has the meaning given to it by the PPSA;
- financing change statement has the meaning given to it by the PPSA;
- security agreement means the security agreement under the PPSA created between the Client and the Supplier by these terms and conditions; and
- security interest has the meaning given to it by the PPSA.
- Upon assenting to these terms and conditions in writing the Client acknowledges and agrees that these terms and conditions:
- constitute a security agreement for the purposes of the PPSA; and
- create a security interest in:
- all Goods previously supplied by the Supplier to the Client (if any);
- all Goods that will be supplied in the future by the Supplier to the Client.
- The Client undertakes to:
- promptly sign any further documents and/or provide any further information (such information to be complete, accurate and up-to-date in all respects) which the Supplier may reasonably require to:
- register a financing statement or financing change statement in relation to a security interest on the Personal Property Securities Register;
- register any other document required to be registered by the PPSA; or
- correct a defect in a statement referred to in clause 9.3(a)(i) or 9.3(a)(ii);
- indemnify, and upon demand reimburse, the Supplier for all expenses incurred in registering a financing statement or financing change statement on the Personal Property Securities Register established by the PPSA or releasing any Goods charged thereby;
- not register a financing change statement in respect of a security interest without the prior written consent of the Supplier;
- not register, or permit to be registered, a financing statement or a financing change statement in relation to the Goods in favour of a third party without the prior written consent of the Supplier; and
- immediately advise the Supplier of any material change in its business practices of selling the Goods which would result in a change in the nature of proceeds derived from such sales.
- promptly sign any further documents and/or provide any further information (such information to be complete, accurate and up-to-date in all respects) which the Supplier may reasonably require to:
- The Supplier and the Client agree that sections 96, 115 and 125 of the PPSA do not apply to the security agreement created by these terms and conditions.
- The Client hereby waives its rights to receive notices under sections 95, 118, 121(4), 130, 132(3)(d) and 132(4) of the PPSA.
- The Client waives its rights as a grantor and/or a debtor under sections 142 and 143 of the PPSA.
- Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the Supplier, the Client waives its right to receive a verification statement in accordance with section 157 of the PPSA.
- The Client shall unconditionally ratify any actions taken by the Supplier under clauses 9.3 to 9.5.
10.0 Client’s Disclaimer
- The Client hereby disclaims any right to rescind, or cancel any contract with the Supplier or to sue for damages or to claim restitution arising out of any misrepresentation made to the Client by the Supplier and the Client acknowledges that the Goods are bought relying solely upon the Client’s skill and judgement.
- The Client shall inspect the Goods on delivery and shall within seven (7) days of delivery (time being of the essence) notify the Supplier of any alleged defect, shortage in quantity, damage or failure to comply with the description or quote. The Client shall afford the Supplier an opportunity to inspect the Goods within a reasonable time following delivery if the Client believes the Goods are defective in any way. If the Client shall fail to comply with these provisions the Goods shall be presumed to be free from any defect or damage. For defective Goods, which the Supplier has agreed in writing that the Client is entitled to reject, the Supplier’s liability is limited to either (at the Supplier’s discretion) replacing the Goods or repairing the Goods. Where the Client is a consumer as defined in the TPA then the client shall also be entitled to a refund.
- Returns will only be accepted provided that:
- the Client has complied with the provisions of clause 11.1; and
- the Supplier has agreed in writing to accept the return of the Goods; and
- the Goods are returned at the Client’s cost within seven (7) days of the delivery date; and
- the Supplier will not be liable for Goods which have not been stored or used in a proper manner; and
- the Goods are returned in the condition in which they were delivered and with all packaging material, brochures and instruction material in as new condition as is reasonably possible in the circumstances.
- Returned goods may (at the Suppliers sole discretion), incur restocking and handling fees.
13.0 The Commonwealth Trade Practices Act 1974 (“TPA”) and Fair Trading Acts (“FTA”)
- Nothing in this agreement is intended to have the effect of contracting out of any applicable provisions of the TPA or the FTA in each of the States and Territories of Australia, except to the extent permitted by those Acts where applicable.
- To the extent permitted by statute, no warranty is given by the Supplier as to the quality or suitability of the Goods for any purpose and any implied warranty, is expressly excluded. The Supplier shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to the Goods, or caused by the Goods, or any part thereof however arising.
15.0 Default & Consequences of Default
- Interest on overdue invoices shall accrue daily from the date when payment becomes due, until the date of payment, at a rate of two and one half percent (2.5%) per calendar month and such interest shall compound monthly at such a rate after as well as before any judgement.
- If the Client defaults in payment of any invoice when due, the Client shall indemnify the Supplier from and against all costs and disbursements incurred by the Supplier in pursuing the debt including legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis and the Supplier’s collection agency costs.
- Without prejudice to any other remedies the Supplier may have, if at any time the Client is in breach of any obligation (including those relating to payment), the Supplier may suspend or terminate the supply of Goods to the Client and any of its other obligations under the terms and conditions. The Supplier will not be liable to the Client for any loss or damage the Client suffers because the Supplier has exercised its rights under this clause.
- If any account remains overdue after thirty (30) days then an amount of the greater of twenty dollars ($20.00) or ten percent (10.00%) of the amount overdue (up to a maximum of two hundred dollars ($200.00)) shall be levied for administration fees which sum shall become immediately due and payable.
- Without prejudice to the Supplier’s other remedies at law the Supplier shall be entitled to cancel all or any part of any order of the Client which remains unfulfilled and all amounts owing to the Supplier shall, whether or not due for payment, become immediately payable in the event that:
- any money payable to the Supplier becomes overdue, or in the Supplier’s opinion the Client will be unable to meet its payments as they fall due; or
- the Client becomes insolvent, convenes a meeting with its creditors or proposes or enters into an arrangement with creditors, or makes an assignment for the benefit of its creditors; or
- a receiver, manager, liquidator (provisional or otherwise) or similar person is appointed in respect of the Client or any asset of the Client.
16.0 Security And Charge
- Despite anything to the contrary contained herein or any other rights which the Supplier may have howsoever:
- where the Client and/or the Guarantor (if any) is the owner of land, realty or any other asset capable of being charged, both the Client and/or the Guarantor agree to mortgage and/or charge all of their joint and/or several interest in the said land, realty or any other asset to the Supplier or the Supplier’s nominee to secure all amounts and other monetary obligations payable under these terms and conditions. The Client and/or the Guarantor acknowledge and agree that the Supplier (or the Supplier’s nominee) shall be entitled to lodge where appropriate a caveat, which caveat shall be withdrawn once all payments and other monetary obligations payable hereunder have been met.
- should the Supplier elect to proceed in any manner in accordance with this clause and/or its sub-clauses, the Client and/or Guarantor shall indemnify the Supplier from and against all the Supplier’s costs and disbursements including legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis.
- the Client and/or the Guarantor (if any) agree to irrevocably nominate constitute and appoint the Supplier or the Supplier’s nominee as the Client’s and/or Guarantor’s true and lawful attorney to perform all necessary acts to give effect to the provisions of this clause 16.1.
- The Supplier may cancel any contract to which these terms and conditions apply or cancel delivery of Goods at any time before the Goods are delivered by giving written notice to the Client. On giving such notice the Supplier shall repay to the Client any sums paid in respect of the Price. The Supplier shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatever arising from such cancellation.
- In the event that the Client cancels delivery of Goods the Client shall be liable for any loss incurred by the Supplier (including, but not limited to, any loss of profits) up to the time of cancellation.
18.0 Privacy Act 1988
- The Client and/or the Guarantor/s (herein referred to as the Client) agree for the Supplier to obtain from a credit reporting agency a credit report containing personal credit information about the Client in relation to credit provided by the Supplier.
- The Client agrees that the Supplier may exchange information about the Client with those credit providers either named as trade referees by the Client or named in a consumer credit report issued by a credit reporting agency for the following purposes:
- to assess an application by the Client; and/or
- to notify other credit providers of a default by the Client; and/or
- to exchange information with other credit providers as to the status of this credit account, where the Client is in default with other credit providers; and/or
- to assess the creditworthiness of the Client.
- The Client understands that the information exchanged can include anything about the Client’s creditworthiness, credit standing, credit history or credit capacity that credit providers are allowed to exchange under the Privacy Act 1988.
- The Client consents to the Supplier being given a consumer credit report to collect overdue payment on commercial credit (Section 18K(1)(h) Privacy Act 1988).
- The Client agrees that personal credit information provided may be used and retained by the Supplier for the following purposes (and for other purposes as shall be agreed between the Client and Supplier or required by law from time to time):
- the provision of Goods; and/or
- the marketing of Goods by the Supplier, its agents or distributors; and/or
- analysing, verifying and/or checking the Client’s credit, payment and/or status in relation to the provision of Goods; and/or
- processing of any payment instructions, direct debit facilities and/or credit facilities requested by the Client; and/or
- enabling the daily operation of Client’s account and/or the collection of amounts outstanding in the Client’s account in relation to the Goods.
- The Supplier may give information about the Client to a credit reporting agency for the following purposes:
- to obtain a consumer credit report about the Client;
- allow the credit reporting agency to create or maintain a credit information file containing information about the Client.
- The information given to the credit reporting agency may include:
- personal particulars (the Client’s name, sex, address, previous addresses, date of birth, name of employer and driver’s licence number;
- details concerning the Client’s application for credit or commercial credit and the amount requested;
- advice that the Supplier is a current credit provider to the Client;
- advice of any overdue accounts, loan repayments, and/or any outstanding monies owing which are overdue by more than sixty (60) days, and for which debt collection action has been started;
- that the Client’s overdue accounts, loan repayments and/or any outstanding monies are no longer overdue in respect of any default that has been listed;
- information that, in the opinion of the Supplier, the Client has committed a serious credit infringement (that is, fraudulently or shown an intention not to comply with the Clients credit obligations);
- advice that cheques drawn by the Client for one hundred dollars ($100) or more, have been dishonoured more than once;
- that credit provided to the Client by the Supplier has been paid or otherwise discharged.
- If any provision of these terms and conditions shall be invalid, void, illegal or unenforceable the validity, existence, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not be affected, prejudiced or impaired.
- These terms and conditions and any contract to which they apply shall be governed by the laws of Queensland and are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of Queensland.
- The Supplier shall be under no liability whatever to the Client for any indirect loss and/or expense (including loss of profit) suffered by the Client arising out of a breach by the Supplier of these terms and conditions.
- In the event of any breach of this contract by the Supplier the remedies of the Client shall be limited to damages which under no circumstances shall exceed the Price of the Goods.
- The Client shall not be entitled to set off against or deduct from the Price any sums owed or claimed to be owed to the Client by the Supplier.
- The Supplier may license or sub-contract all or any part of its rights and obligations without the Client’s consent.
- The Supplier reserves the right to review these terms and conditions at any time. If, following any such review, there is to be any change to these terms and conditions, then that change will take effect from the date on which the Supplier notifies the Client of such change.
- Neither party shall be liable for any default due to any act of God, war, terrorism, strike, lock-out, industrial action, fire, flood, drought, storm or other event beyond the reasonable control of either party.
- The failure by the Supplier to enforce any provision of these terms and conditions shall not be treated as a waiver of that provision, nor shall it affect the Supplier’s right to subsequently enforce that provision.