“JH Signs” shall mean John Hills Signs Pty Limited, its successors and assigns or any person acting on behalf of and with the authority of John Hills Signs Pty Limited.
“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 JH Signs to the Client.
“Guarantor” means that person (or persons) who agrees to be liable for the debts of the Client on a principal debtor basis.
“Goods” shall mean all Goods supplied by JH Signs 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 JH Signs to the Client.
“Services” shall mean all Services supplied by JH Signs 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 JH Signs and the Client in accordance with clause 4 of this contract.
The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (“CCA”) and Fair Trading Acts (“FTA”)
Nothing in this agreement is intended to have the effect of contracting out of any applicable provisions of the CCA or the FTA in each of the States and Territories of Australia (including any substitute to those Acts or re-enactment thereof), except to the extent permitted by those Acts where applicable.
Where the Client buys Goods as a consumer these terms and conditions shall be subject to any laws or legislation governing the rights of consumers and shall not affect the consumer’s statutory rights.
Any instructions received by JH Signs from the Client for the supply of Goods and/or the Client’s acceptance of Goods supplied by JH Signs 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 JH Signs.
The Client shall give JH Signs 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 JH Signs as a result of the Client’s failure to comply with this clause.
Goods are supplied by JH Signs only on the terms and conditions of trade herein to the exclusion of anything to the contrary in the terms of the Client’s order notwithstanding that any such order is placed on terms that purport to override these terms and conditions of trade.
Price and Payment
At JH Signs’ sole discretion the Price shall be either:
as indicated on invoices provided by JH Signs to the Client in respect of Goods supplied; or
JH Signs’ quoted Price (subject to clause 4.2) which shall be binding upon JH Signs provided that the Client shall accept JH Signs’ quotation in writing within sixty (60) days.
JH Signs reserves the right to change the Price in the event of a variation to JH Signs’ quotation. Any variation from the plan of scheduled works or specifications (including, but not limited to, any variation due to unforeseen circumstances, such as site difficulties affecting installation, or as a result of increases to JH Signs in the cost of materials and labour) will be charged for on the basis of JH Signs’ quotation and will be shown as variations on the invoice. Payment for all variations must be made in full at their time of completion.
At JH Signs’ sole discretion a deposit may be required.
On request from the Client, JH Signs may charge a rush fee for a fast turnaround on Services for up to an additional twenty-five percent (25%) of the Price,
At JH Signs’ sole discretion:
payment shall be due on delivery of the Goods; or
payment for approved Clients shall be due thirty (30) days following the date of the invoice; or
payment for approved Clients shall be due on the date specified on 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 credit card, or by direct credit, or by any other method as agreed to between the Client and JH Signs.
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.
Delivery of Goods
At JH Signs’ sole discretion delivery of the Goods shall take place when:
the Client takes possession of the Goods at JH Signs’ address; or
the Client takes possession of the Goods at the Client’s nominated address (in the event that the Goods are delivered by JH Signs or JH Signs’ nominated carrier).
At JH Signs’ sole discretion the costs of delivery are:
included in the Price; or
in addition to the Price; or
for the Client’s account.
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 JH Signs 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.
JH Signs may deliver the Goods by separate instalments. Each separate instalment shall be invoiced and paid in accordance with the provisions in these terms and conditions.
The Client shall take delivery of the Goods tendered notwithstanding that the quantity so delivered shall be either greater or lesser than the quantity purchased provided that:
such discrepancy in quantity shall not exceed five percent (5%); and
the Price shall be adjusted pro rata to the discrepancy.
The failure of JH Signs to deliver shall not entitle either party to treat this contract as repudiated.
JH Signs shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever due to failure by JH Signs to deliver the Goods (or any of them) promptly or at all, where due to circumstances beyond the control of JH Signs.
If JH Signs retains ownership of the Goods nonetheless, all risk for the Goods passes to the Client on delivery. JH Signs shall not be liable for any loss, damages or costs in the event the Goods are damaged or vandalised once on site. The Client further agrees that all risk for the Goods passes to the Client on delivery or installation, and in the event any damages or injuries occur from the Goods, JH Signs shall not be held liable for any costs, losses or expenses howsoever caused in relation to the Goods, unless proven to be a direct result of JH Signs’ negligence.
If any of the Goods are damaged or destroyed following delivery but prior to ownership passing to the Client, JH Signs is entitled to receive all insurance proceeds payable for the Goods. The production of these terms and conditions by JH Signs is sufficient evidence of JH Signs’ rights to receive the insurance proceeds without the need for any person dealing with JH Signs to make further enquiries.
Where the Client expressly requests JH Signs to leave Goods outside JH Signs’ premises for collection or to deliver the Goods to an unattended location then such Goods shall be left at the Client’s sole risk and it shall be the Client’s responsibility to ensure the Goods are insured adequately or at all.
Whilst every care is taken by JH Signs to carry out the instructions of the Client, it is the Clients responsibility to undertake a final proof reading of the Goods. JH Signs shall be under no liability whatever for any errors not corrected by the Client in the final proof reading. Should the Clients alterations require additional proofs this shall be invoiced as an extra.
The Client acknowledges that Goods supplied may exhibit variations in shade, colour, texture, surface and finish, and may fade or change colour over time. JH Signs will make every effort to match batches of product supplied in order to minimise such variations but shall not be liable in any way whatsoever where such variations occur.
The Client acknowledges and agrees that in the event additional work is required to attempt to accurately match colours of Client supplied artwork, JH Signs reserve the right to charge the additional work as a variation as per clause 4.2.
The Client acknowledges and agrees that in the event any Services are undertaken on any vehicle (including, but not limited to vinyl work, vehicle wrapping and vinyl lettering), JH Signs shall take all due care, however they shall not be liable for any loss, damage or cost to any paintwork on the vehicle.
The Client shall ensure that JH Signs has clear and free access to the work site at all times to enable them to undertake the works. JH Signs shall not be liable for any loss or damage to the site unless due to the negligence of JH Signs.
JH Signs and the Client agree that ownership of the Goods shall not pass until:
the Client has paid JH Signs all amounts owing for the particular Goods; and
the Client has met all other obligations due by the Client to JH Signs in respect of all contracts between JH Signs and the Client.
Receipt by JH Signs 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 JH Signs’ 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 JH Signs 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 JH Signs to the Client JH Signs may give notice in writing to the Client to return the Goods or any of them to JH Signs. Upon such notice the rights of the Client to obtain ownership or any other interest in the Goods shall cease; and
JH Signs 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 JH Signs then JH Signs or JH Signs’ agent may (as the invitee of the Client) enter upon and into land and premises owned, occupied or used by the Client, or any premises 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 JH Signs has received payment in full for the Goods then the Client shall hold any proceeds from the sale or disposal of the Goods, up to and including the amount the Client owes to JH Signs for the Goods, on trust for JH Signs; and
the Client shall not deal with the money of JH Signs in any way which may be adverse to JH Signs; 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 JH Signs; and
JH Signs 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 JH Signs will be the owner of the end products.
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 JH Signs 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 JH Signs to the Client (if any);
all Goods that will be supplied in the future by JH Signs 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 JH Signs 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, JH Signs 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 JH Signs;
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 JH Signs; and
immediately advise JH Signs 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.
JH Signs 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 JH Signs, 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 JH Signs under clauses 9.3 to 9.5.
Security and Charge
Despite anything to the contrary contained herein or any other rights which JH Signs 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 JH Signs or JH Signs’ 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 JH Signs (or JH Signs’ 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 JH Signs elect to proceed in any manner in accordance with this clause and/or its sub-clauses, the Client and/or Guarantor shall indemnify JH Signs from and against all JH Signs’ 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 JH Signs or JH Signs’ 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 10.1.
The Client shall inspect the Goods on delivery and shall within seven (7) days of delivery (time being of the essence) notify JH Signs of any alleged defect, shortage in quantity, damage or failure to comply with the description or quote. The Client shall afford JH Signs 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 JH Signs has agreed in writing that the Client is entitled to reject, JH Signs’ liability is limited to either (at JH Signs’ discretion) replacing the Goods or repairing the Goods except where the Client has acquired Goods as a consumer within the meaning of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (CWlth) or the Fair Trading Acts of the relevant state or territories of Australia, and is therefore also entitled to, at the consumer’s discretion either a refund of the purchase price of the Goods, or repair of the Goods, or replacement of the Goods.
Goods will not be accepted for return other than in accordance with 11.1 above.
For Goods not manufactured by JH Signs, the warranty shall be the current warranty provided by the manufacturer of the Goods. JH Signs shall not be bound by nor be responsible for any term, condition, representation or warranty other than that which is given by the manufacturer of the Goods.
Where JH Signs has designed, drawn or written Goods for the Client, then the copyright in those designs and drawings and documents shall remain vested in JH Signs, and shall only be used by the Client at JH Signs’ discretion.
The Client warrants that all designs or instructions to JH Signs will not cause JH Signs to infringe any patent, registered design or trademark in the execution of the Client’s order and the Client agrees to indemnify JH Signs against any action taken by a third party against JH Signs in respect of any such infringement.
The Client agrees that JH Signs may use any documents, designs, drawings or Goods created by JH Signs for the purposes of advertising, marketing, or entry into any competition.
Drawings, sketches, painting, photographs, designs or typesetting furnished by JH Signs, dummies, models or the like devices made or procured and manipulated by JH Signs and negatives, positives, blocks, engravings, stencils, dies, plates or cylinders made from JH Signs’ original design, or from a design furnished by the Client, remain the exclusive property of JH Signs unless otherwise agreed upon in writing.
Sketches and dummies submitted by JH Signs on a speculative basis shall remain the property of JH Signs. They shall not be used for any purpose other than that nominated by JH Signs and no ideas obtained there from may be used without the consent of JH Signs. JH Signs shall be entitled to compensation from the Client for any unauthorised use of such sketches and dummies.
Disks, artwork and film supplied by the Client and/or other authorised persons remain the property of the Client. Unless otherwise indicated in writing JH Signs shall assume these disks, artwork and film to be duplicate copies of the original.
Default and 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 a half percent (2.5%) per calendar month (and at JH Signs’ sole discretion such interest shall compound monthly at such a rate) after as well as before any judgment.
In the event that the Client’s payment is dishonoured for any reason the Client shall be liable for any dishonour fees incurred by JH Signs.
If the Client defaults in payment of any invoice when due, the Client shall indemnify JH Signs from and against all costs and disbursements incurred by JH Signs in pursuing the debt including legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis and JH Signs’ collection agency costs.
Without prejudice to any other remedies JH Signs may have, if at any time the Client is in breach of any obligation (including those relating to payment) JH Signs may suspend or terminate the supply of Goods to the Client and any of its other obligations under the terms and conditions. JH Signs will not be liable to the Client for any loss or damage the Client suffers because JH Signs 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%) 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 JH Signs’ other remedies at law JH Signs shall be entitled to cancel all or any part of any order of the Client which remains unfulfilled and all amounts owing to JH Signs shall, whether or not due for payment, become immediately payable in the event that:
any money payable to JH Signs becomes overdue, or in JH Signs’ 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.
JH Signs 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 JH Signs shall repay to the Client any sums paid in respect of the Price. JH Signs shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from such cancellation.
In the event that the Client cancels delivery of Goods the Client shall be liable for any loss incurred by JH Signs (including, but not limited to, any loss of profits) up to the time of cancellation.
Cancellation of orders for Goods made to the Client’s specifications or non-stocklist items will definitely not be accepted, once production has commenced.
Privacy Act 1988
The Client and/or the Guarantor/s (herein referred to as the Client) agree for JH Signs to obtain from a credit reporting agency a credit report containing personal credit information about the Client in relation to credit provided by JH Signs.
The Client agrees that JH Signs 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 JH Signs 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 JH Signs for the following purposes (and for other purposes as shall be agreed between the Client and JH Signs or required by law from time to time):
the provision of Goods; and/or
the marketing of Goods by JH Signs, 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.
JH Signs 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 JH Signs 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 JH Signs, 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 JH Signs has been paid or otherwise discharged.
Unpaid JH Signs’ Rights
Where the Client has left any item with JH Signs for repair, modification, exchange or for JH Signs to perform any other Service in relation to the item and JH Signs has not received or been tendered the whole of the Price, or the payment has been dishonoured, JH Signs shall have:
a lien on the item;
the right to retain the item for the Price while JH Signs is in possession of the item;
a right to sell the item.
The lien of JH Signs shall continue despite the commencement of proceedings, or judgment for the Price having been obtained.
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.
If any provisions of these terms and conditions are inconsistent with the PPSA, the PPSA shall prevail to the extent of that inconsistency.
These terms and conditions and any contract to which they apply shall be governed by the laws of New South Wales and are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of New South Wales.
JH Signs shall be under no liability whatsoever to the Client for any indirect and/or consequential loss and/or expense (including loss of profit) suffered by the Client arising out of a breach by JH Signs of these terms and conditions.
In the event of any breach of this contract by JH Signs 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 JH Signs nor to withhold payment of any invoice because part of that invoice is in dispute.
JH Signs may license or sub-contract all or any part of its rights and obligations without the Client’s consent.
The Client agrees that JH Signs may 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 JH Signs notifies the Client of such change. Except where JH Signs supplies further Goods to the Client and the Client accepts such Goods, the Client shall be under no obligation to accept such changes.
Neither party shall be liable for any default due to any act of God, war, terrorism, strike, lock-out, industrial action, fire, flood, storm or other event beyond the reasonable control of either party.
The failure by JH Signs to enforce any provision of these terms and conditions shall not be treated as a waiver of that provision, nor shall it affect JH Signs’ right to subsequently enforce that provision.