Terms of trade

1. Definitions

1.1 “Seller” means GURU PROJECTS PTY LTD, its successors and assigns or any person acting on behalf of and with the authority of GURU PROJECTS PTY LTD.

1.2 “Buyer” means the person/s ordering the Works as specified in any invoice, document or order, and if there is more than one Buyer is a reference to each Buyer jointly and severally.

1.3 “Works” means all Works or Materials supplied by the Seller to the Buyer at the Buyer’s request from time to time (where the context so permits the terms ‘Works’ or ‘Materials’ shall be interchangeable for the other).

1.4 “Price” means the Price payable for the Works as agreed between the Seller and the Buyer in accordance with clause 4 below.

2. Acceptance

2.1 The Buyer is taken to have exclusively accepted and is immediately bound, jointly and severally, by these terms and conditions if the Buyer places an order for or accepts delivery of any Works.

2.2 These terms and conditions may only be amended with the Seller’s consent in writing and shall prevail to the extent of any inconsistency with any other document or agreement between the Buyer and the Seller.

3. Change in Control

3.1 The Buyer shall give the Seller not less than fourteen (14) days prior written notice of any proposed change of ownership of the Buyer and/or any other change in the Buyer’s details (including but not limited to, changes in the Buyer’s name, address, contact phone or fax number/s, or business practice). The Buyer shall be liable for any loss incurred by the Seller as a result of the Buyer’s failure to comply with this clause.

4. Price and Payment

4.1 At the Seller’s sole discretion the Price shall be either:

(a) as indicated on invoices provided by the Seller to the Buyer in respect of Works performed or Materials supplied; or

(b) the Seller’s quoted Price (subject to clause 4.2) which shall be binding upon the Seller provided that the Buyer shall accept the Seller’s quotation in writing within thirty (30) days.

4.2 The Seller reserves the right to change the Price:

(a) if a variation to the Materials which are to be supplied is requested; or

(b) if a variation to the Works originally scheduled (including any applicable plans or specifications) is requested; or

(c) where additional Works are required due to the discovery of hidden or unidentifiable difficulties (including, but not limited to, hard rock barriers below the surface, iron reinforcing rods in concrete, or hidden pipes and wiring in walls etc) which are only discovered on commencement of the Works; or

(d) in the event of delays caused by Council inspectors or certifiers; or

(e) in the event of increases to the Seller in the cost of labour or materials which are beyond the Seller’s control.

4.3 At the Seller’s sole discretion a non-refundable deposit may be required.

4.4 Time for payment for the Works being of the essence, the Price will be payable by the Buyer on the date/s determined by the Seller, which may be:

(a) on completion of the Works; or

(b) by way of progress payments in accordance with the Seller’s specified progress payment schedule. Such progress payment claims may include the reasonable value of authorised variations and the value of any Materials delivered to the site but not yet installed; or

(c) the date specified on any invoice or other form as being the date for payment; or

(d) failing any notice to the contrary, the date which is seven (7) days following the date of any invoice given to the Buyer by the Seller.

4.5 Payment may be made by cash, cheque, bank cheque, electronic/on-line banking, credit card (plus a surcharge of two percent (2%) of the Price), or by any other method as agreed to between the Buyer and the Seller.

4.6 Unless otherwise stated the Price does not include GST. In addition to the Price the Buyer must pay to the Seller an amount equal to any GST the Seller must pay for any supply by the Seller under this or any other agreement for the sale of the Materials. The Buyer must pay GST, without deduction or set off of any other amounts, at the same time and on the same basis as the Buyer pays the Price. In addition the Buyer must pay any other taxes and duties that may be applicable in addition to the Price except where they are expressly included in the Price.

5. Delivery of the Works

5.1 Subject to clause 5.2 it is the Seller’s responsibility to ensure that the Works start as soon as it is reasonably possible.

5.2 The Works commencement date will be put back and/or the completion date extended by whatever time is reasonable in the event that the Seller claims an extension of time (by giving the Buyer written notice) where completion is delayed by an event beyond the Seller’s control, including but not limited to any failure by the Buyer to:

(a) make a selection; or

(b) have the site ready for the Works; or

(c) notify the Seller that the site is ready.

5.3 The Seller may deliver the Works by separate instalments. Each separate instalment shall be invoiced and paid in accordance with the provisions in these terms and conditions.

5.4 At the Seller’s sole discretion the cost of delivery is either included in the Price or is in addition to the Price.

5.5 The Buyer must take delivery by receipt or collection of the Materials whenever they are tendered for delivery. In the event that the Buyer is unable to take delivery of the Materials as arranged then the Seller shall be entitled to charge a reasonable fee for redelivery and/or storage.

5.6 Any time or date given by the Seller to the Buyer is an estimate only. The Seller shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever due to failure by the Seller to deliver the Works (or any part of them) promptly or at all, where due to circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the Seller.

6. Risk

6.1 If the Seller retains ownership of the Materials under clause 11 then;

(a) where the Seller is supplying Materials only, all risk for the Materials shall immediately pass to the Buyer on delivery and the Buyer must insure the Materials on or before delivery. Delivery of the Materials shall be deemed to have taken place immediately at the time that the Materials are delivered by the Seller or the Seller’s nominated carrier to the Buyer’s nominated delivery address (even if the Buyer is not present at the address).

(b) where the Seller is to both supply and install Materials then the Seller shall maintain a contract works insurance policy until the Works are completed. Upon completion of the Works all risk for the Works shall immediately pass to the Buyer.

6.2 Notwithstanding the provisions of clause 6.1 if the Buyer specifically requests the Seller to leave Materials outside the Seller’s premises for collection or to deliver the Materials to an unattended location then such materials shall always be left at sole risk of the Buyer and it shall be the Buyer’s responsibility to ensure the Materials are insured adequately or at all. In the event that such Materials are lost, damaged or destroyed then replacement of the Materials shall be at the Buyer’s expense.

6.3 Where the Seller gives advice or recommendations to the Buyer, or the Buyer’s agent, with specific instructions regarding the use of the Materials and such advice or recommendations are not acted upon then the Seller shall not be liable in any way whatsoever for any damages or losses that occur after any subsequent commencement of the works.

6.4 The Buyer acknowledges and agrees that it is their responsibility to obtain any necessary approvals or permits from local council or government for the Works. The Seller shall not be held liable for the Buyer’s failure to comply with this clause.

6.5 The Buyer acknowledges that Materials supplied may

(a) exhibit variations in shade, colour, texture, surface, finish, markings and may contain natural fissures, occlusions, lines, indentations and may fade or change colour over time; and

(b) expand, contract or distort as a result of exposure to heat, cold, weather; and

(c) mark or stain if exposed to certain substances; and

(d) be damaged or disfigured by impact or scratching.

6.6 Where the Seller is required to install the Materials the Buyer warrants that the structure of the premises or equipment in or upon which these Materials are to be installed or erected is sound and will sustain the installation and work incidental thereto and the Seller shall not be liable for any claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses howsoever caused or arising in connection with the installation and work incidental thereto.

7. Accuracy of Buyers Plans and Measurements

7.1 The Seller shall be entitled to rely on the accuracy of any plans, specifications and other information provided by the Buyer. The Buyer acknowledges and agrees that in the event that any of this information provided by the Buyer is inaccurate, the Seller accepts no responsibility for any loss, damages, or costs however resulting from these inaccurate plans, specifications or other information.

7.2 In the event the Buyer gives information relating to measurements and quantities of the Materials required to complete the Works, it is the Buyer’s responsibility to verify the accuracy of the measurements and quantities, before the Buyer or Seller places an order based on these measurements and quantities. The Seller accepts no responsibility for any loss, damages, or costs however resulting from the Buyer’s failure to comply with this clause.

8. Access

8.1 The Buyer shall ensure that the Seller has clear and free access to the work site at all times to enable them to undertake the works. The Seller shall not be liable for any loss or damage to the site (including, without limitation, damage to pathways, driveways and concreted or paved or grassed areas) unless due to the negligence of the Seller.

9. Underground Locations

9.1 Prior to the Seller commencing any work the Buyer must advise the Seller of the precise location of all underground services on the site and clearly mark the same. The underground mains & services the Buyer must identify include, but are not limited to, electrical services, gas services, sewer services, pumping services, sewer connections, sewer sludge mains, water mains, irrigation pipes, telephone cables, fibre optic cables, oil pumping mains, and any other services that may be on site.

9.2 Whilst the Seller will take all care to avoid damage to any underground services the Buyer agrees to indemnify the Seller in respect of all and any liability claims, loss, damage, costs and fines as a result of damage to services not precisely located and notified as per clause 9.1.

10. Buyer’s Responsibilities

10.1 The Buyer acknowledges that in the event asbestos or any other toxic substances are discovered at the worksite that it is their responsibility to ensure the safe removal of the same. The Buyer further agrees to indemnify the Seller against any costs incurred by the Seller as a consequence of such discovery. Under no circumstances will the Seller handle removal of asbestos product.

10.2 The Buyer acknowledges that it is their responsibility to ensure that all Materials, plant or equipment which the Seller is required to install (or to connect any of its Materials to) are of the correct type, size, rating, standard, quality, colour and finish, conform with all relevant Australian standards and local statutory requirements, and are as specified in the specifications, drawings and plans upon which the Seller based the quotation on and therefore, the Buyer agrees to indemnify the Seller against any costs incurred by the Seller in rectifying such errors if required.

10.3 It is further agreed that:

(a) the Buyer will, for the duration of the contract, supply toilet, eating, and first aid facilities (in working order) if required; and

(b) the Buyer will advise all amenity locations (including without limitation, water, gas, electricity, telephone or any other underground amenity) to the Seller prior to delivery.

11. Title

11.1 The Seller and the Buyer agree that ownership of the Materials shall not pass until:

(a) the Buyer has paid the Seller all amounts owing to the Seller; and

(b) the Buyer has met all of its other obligations to the Seller.

11.2 Receipt by the Seller 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.

11.3 It is further agreed that:

(a) until ownership of the Materials passes to the Buyer in accordance with clause 11.1 that the Buyer is only a bailee of the Materials and unless the Materials have become fixtures must return the Materials to the Seller on request.

(b) the Buyer holds the benefit of the Buyer’s insurance of the Materials on trust for the Seller and must pay to the Seller the proceeds of any insurance in the event of the Materials being lost, damaged or destroyed.

(c) the production of these terms and conditions by the Seller shall be sufficient evidence of the Seller’s rights to receive the insurance proceeds direct from the insurer without the need for any person dealing with the Seller to make further enquiries.

(d) the Buyer must not sell, dispose, or otherwise part with possession of the Materials other than in the ordinary course of business and for market value. If the Buyer sells, disposes or parts with possession of the Materials then the Buyer must hold the proceeds of any such act on trust for the Seller and must pay or deliver the proceeds to the Seller on demand.

(e) the Buyer should not convert or process the Materials or intermix them with other Materials but if the Buyer does so then the Buyer holds the resulting product on trust for the benefit of the Seller and must sell, dispose of or return the resulting product to the Seller as it so directs.

(f) unless the Materials have become fixtures the Buyer irrevocably authorises the Seller to enter any premises where the Seller believes the Materials are kept and recover possession of the Materials.

(g) the Seller may recover possession of any Materials in transit whether or not delivery has occurred.

(h) the Buyer shall not charge or grant an encumbrance over the Materials nor grant nor otherwise give away any interest in the Materials while they remain the property of the Seller.

(i) the Seller may commence proceedings to recover the Price of the Materials sold notwithstanding that ownership of the Materials has not passed to the Buyer.

12. Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (“PPSA”)

12.1 In this clause financing statement, financing change statement, security agreement, and security interest has the meaning given to it by the PPSA.

12.2 Upon assenting to these terms and conditions in writing the Buyer acknowledges and agrees that these terms and conditions constitute a security agreement for the purposes of the PPSA and creates a security interest in all Materials that have previously been supplied and that will be supplied in the future by the Seller to the Buyer.

12.3 The Buyer undertakes to:

(a) 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 Seller may reasonably require to:

(i) register a financing statement or financing change statement in relation to a security interest on the Personal Property Securities Register;

(ii) register any other document required to be registered by the PPSA; or

(iii) correct a defect in a statement referred to in clause 12.3(a)(i) or 12.3(a)(ii);

(b) indemnify, and upon demand reimburse, the Seller 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 Materials charged thereby;

(c) not register a financing change statement in respect of a security interest without the prior written consent of the Seller;

(d) not register, or permit to be registered, a financing statement or a financing change statement in relation to the Materials in favour of a third party without the prior written consent of the Seller; and

(e) immediately advise the Seller of any material change in its business practices of selling the Materials which would result in a change in the nature of proceeds derived from such sales.

12.4 The Seller and the Buyer agree that sections 96, 115 and 125 of the PPSA do not apply to the security agreement created by these terms and conditions.

12.5 The Buyer hereby waives its rights to receive notices under sections 95, 118, 121(4), 130, 132(3)(d) and 132(4) of the PPSA.

12.6 The Buyer waives its rights as a grantor and/or a debtor under sections 142 and 143 of the PPSA.

12.7 Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the Seller, the Buyer waives its right to receive a verification statement in accordance with section 157 of the PPSA.

12.8 The Buyer shall unconditionally ratify any actions taken by the Seller under clauses 12.3 to 12.5.

12.9 Subject to any express provisions to the contrary nothing in these terms and conditions is intended to have the effect of contracting out of any of the provisions of the PPSA.

13. Security and Charge

13.1 In consideration of the Seller agreeing to supply the Materials, the Buyer charges all of its rights, title and interest (whether joint or several) in any land, realty or other assets capable of being charged, owned by the Buyer either now or in the future, to secure the performance by the Buyer of its obligations under these terms and conditions (including, but not limited to, the payment of any money).

13.2 The Buyer indemnifies the Seller from and against all the Seller’s costs and disbursements including legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis incurred in exercising the Seller’s rights under this clause.

13.3 The Buyer irrevocably appoints the Seller and each director of the Seller as the Buyer’s true and lawful attorney/s to perform all necessary acts to give effect to the provisions of this clause 13 including, but not limited to, signing any document on the Buyer’s behalf.

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14. Intellectual Property

14.1 Where the Seller has designed, drawn, written plans or a schedule of Works, or created any products for the Buyer, then the copyright in all such designs, drawings, documents, plans, schedules and products shall remain vested in the Seller, and shall only be used by the Buyer at the Seller’s discretion.

14.2 The Buyer warrants that all designs, specifications or instructions given to the Seller will not cause the Seller to infringe any patent, registered design or trademark in the execution of the Buyer’s order and the Buyer agrees to indemnify the Seller against any action taken by a third party against the Seller in respect of any such infringement.

14.3 The Buyer agrees that the Seller may (at no cost) use for the purposes of marketing or entry into any competition, any documents, designs, drawings, plans or products which the Seller has created for the Buyer.

15. Default and Consequences of Default

15.1 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 the Seller’s sole discretion such interest shall compound monthly at such a rate) after as well as before any judgment.

15.2 If the Buyer owes the Seller any money the Buyer shall indemnify the Seller from and against all costs and disbursements incurred by the Seller in recovering the debt (including but not limited to internal administration fees, legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis, the Seller’s collection agency costs, and bank dishonour fees).

15.3 Without prejudice to any other remedies the Seller may have, if at any time the Buyer is in breach of any obligation (including those relating to payment) under these terms and conditions the Seller may suspend or terminate the supply of Works to the Buyer. The Seller will not be liable to the Buyer for any loss or damage the Buyer suffers because the Seller has exercised its rights under this clause.

15.4 Without prejudice to the Seller’s other remedies at law the Seller shall be entitled to cancel all or any part of any order of the Buyer which remains unfulfilled and all amounts owing to the Seller shall, whether or not due for payment, become immediately payable if:

(a) any money payable to the Seller becomes overdue, or in the Seller’s opinion the Buyer will be unable to make a payment when it falls due;

(b) the Buyer becomes insolvent or bankrupt, 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

(c) a receiver, manager, liquidator (provisional or otherwise) or similar person is appointed in respect of the Buyer or any asset of the Buyer.

16. Compliance with Laws

16.1 The Buyer and the Seller shall comply with the provisions of all statutes, regulations and bylaws of government, local and other public authorities that may be applicable to the works.

16.2 The Buyer shall obtain (at the expense of the Buyer) all licenses and approvals that may be required for the works.

16.3 The Buyer agrees that the site will comply with any occupational health and safety laws relating to building/construction sites and any other relevant safety standards or legislation.

17. Cancellation

17.1 The Seller may cancel any contract to which these terms and conditions apply or cancel delivery of Works at any time before the Works are commenced by giving written notice to the Buyer. On giving such notice the Seller shall repay to the Buyer any sums paid in respect of the Price, less any amounts owing by the Buyer to the Seller for Works already performed. The Seller shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from such cancellation.

17.2 In the event that the Buyer cancels the delivery of Works the Buyer shall be liable for any and all loss incurred (whether direct or indirect) by the Seller as a direct result of the cancellation (including, but not limited to, any loss of profits).

17.3 Cancellation of orders for products made to the Buyer’s specifications, or for non-stocklist items, will definitely not be accepted once production has commenced, or an order has been placed.

18. Dispute Resolution

18.1 If a dispute arises between the parties to this contract then either party shall send to the other party a notice of dispute in writing adequately identifying and providing details of the dispute. Within fourteen (14) days after service of a notice of dispute, the parties shall confer at least once, to attempt to resolve the dispute. At any such conference each party shall be represented by a person having authority to agree to a resolution of the dispute. In the event that the dispute cannot be so resolved either party may by further notice in writing delivered by hand or sent by certified mail to the other party refer such dispute to arbitration.  Any arbitration shall be:

(a) referred to a single arbitrator to be nominated by the President of the Institute of Arbitrators Australia; and

(b) conducted in accordance with the Institute of Arbitrators Australia Rules for the Conduct of Commercial Arbitration.

19. Privacy Act 1988

19.1 The Buyer agrees for the Seller to obtain from a credit reporting agency a credit report containing personal credit information about the Buyer in relation to credit provided by the Seller.

19.2 The Buyer agrees that the Seller may exchange information about the Buyer with those credit providers either named as trade referees by the Buyer or named in a consumer credit report issued by a credit reporting agency for the following purposes:

(a) to assess an application by the Buyer; and/or

(b) to notify other credit providers of a default by the Buyer; and/or

(c) to exchange information with other credit providers as to the status of this credit account, where the Buyer is in default with other credit providers; and/or

(d) to assess the creditworthiness of the Buyer.

The Buyer understands that the information exchanged can include anything about the Buyer’s creditworthiness, credit standing, credit history or credit capacity that credit providers are allowed to exchange under the Privacy Act 1988.

19.3 The Buyer consents to the Seller being given a consumer credit report to collect overdue payment on commercial credit (Section 18K(1)(h) Privacy Act 1988).

19.4 The Buyer agrees that personal credit information provided may be used and retained by the Seller for the following purposes (and for other purposes as shall be agreed between the Buyer and Seller or required by law from time to time):

(a) the provision of Works; and/or

(b) the marketing of Works by the Seller, its agents or distributors; and/or

(c) analysing, verifying and/or checking the Buyer’s credit, payment and/or status in relation to the provision of Works; and/or

(d) processing of any payment instructions, direct debit facilities and/or credit facilities requested by the Buyer; and/or

(e) enabling the daily operation of Buyer’s account and/or the collection of amounts outstanding in the Buyer’s account in relation to the Works.

19.5 The Seller may give information about the Buyer to a credit reporting agency for the following purposes:

(a) to obtain a consumer credit report about the Buyer;

(b) allow the credit reporting agency to create or maintain a credit information file containing information about the Buyer.

19.6 The information given to the credit reporting agency may include:

(a) personal particulars (the Buyer’s name, sex, address, previous  addresses, date of birth, name of employer and driver’s licence number);

(b) details concerning the Buyer’s application for credit or commercial credit and the amount requested;

(c) advice that the Seller is a current credit provider to the Buyer;

(d) 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;

(e) that the Buyer’s overdue accounts, loan repayments and/or any outstanding monies are no longer overdue in respect of any default that has been listed;

(f) information that, in the opinion of the Seller, the Buyer has committed a serious credit infringement (that is, fraudulently or shown an intention not to comply with the Buyer’s credit obligations);

(g) advice that cheques drawn by the Buyer for one hundred dollars ($100) or more, have been dishonoured more than once;

(h) that credit provided to the Buyer by the Seller has been paid or otherwise discharged.

20. Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act 1999

20.1 At the Seller’s sole discretion, if there are any disputes or claims for unpaid Materials and/or Works then the provisions of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act 1999 may apply.

20.2 Nothing in this agreement is intended to have the affect of contracting out of any applicable provisions of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act 1999 of New South Wales, except to the extent permitted by the Act where applicable.

21. General

21.1 The failure by the Seller to enforce any provision of these terms and conditions shall not be treated as a waiver of that provision, nor shall it affect the Seller’s right to subsequently enforce that provision. 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.

21.2 These terms and conditions and any contract to which they apply shall be governed by the laws of New South Wales in which the Seller has its principal place of business, and are subject to the jurisdiction of the Sydney Courts in that state.

21.3 Subject to clause 14 the Seller shall be under no liability whatsoever to the Buyer for any indirect and/or consequential loss and/or expense (including loss of profit) suffered by the Buyer arising out of a breach by the Seller of these terms and conditions (alternatively the Seller’s liability shall be limited to damages which under no circumstances shall exceed the Price of the Works).

21.4 The Buyer shall not be entitled to set off against, or deduct from the Price, any sums owed or claimed to be owed to the Buyer by the Seller nor to withhold payment of any invoice because part of that invoice is in dispute. If any part of an invoice is in dispute, then the Buyer may only withhold payment for that part of the invoice that is in dispute and shall pay the balance of the invoice when due.

21.5 The Seller may license or sub-contract all or any part of its rights and obligations without the Buyer’s consent.

21.6 The Buyer agrees that the Seller may amend these terms and conditions at any time. If the Seller makes a change to these terms and conditions, then that change will take effect from the date on which the Seller notifies the Buyer of such change. The Buyer will be taken to have accepted such changes if the Buyer makes a further request for the Seller to provide any Works to the Buyer.

21.7 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.

21.8 The Buyer warrants that it has the power to enter into this agreement and has obtained all necessary authorisations to allow it to do so, it is not insolvent and that this agreement creates binding and valid legal obligations on it.