Terms & Conditions
1.1 “HFP” means Holdfast Fluid Power, its successors and assigns or any person acting on behalf of and with the authority of Holdfast Fluid Power.
1.2 “Customer” means the person/s buying the Goods as specified in any invoice, document or order, and if there is more than one Customer is a reference to each Customer jointly and severally.
1.3 “Goods” means all Goods or Services supplied by HFP to the Customer at the
Customer’s request from time to time (where the context so permits the terms ‘Goods’ or ‘Services’ shall be interchangeable for the other).
1.4 “Price” means the Price payable for the Goods as agreed between HFP and the
Customer in accordance with clause 4 below.
2.1 The Customer is taken to have exclusively accepted and is immediately bound, jointly and severally, by these terms and conditions if the Customer places an order for or accepts delivery of the Goods.
2.2 These terms and conditions are to be read in conjunction with the “Australian Standard
General Conditions of Tendering and Contract for General Engineering Works –
Australian Standard No. CA24-1952”. However, the clauses herein shall take precedence.
2.3 All clerical and typographical errors and omissions shall be subject to subsequent
correction in the quotation, and subsequent contracts between the parties shall at all
times be deemed subject to this right on the part of HFP.
2.4 Unless otherwise stated in the quotation, all information contained in drawings, catalogues and other advertisement matter is intended merely to present a general idea of the Goods described therein, and all dimensions, weight and other particulars must be taken as approximate only. Certified drawings will be furnished if required. HFP reserves the right to amend specifications to such extent as may be thought fit by the manufacturer during the course of manufacture.
2.5 All Goods supplied and delivered under this contract will be completed strictly within the terms of the specifications and drawings, as referred to in the quotation. If the Customer should, for any reason, require any alteration or amendment thereto, such amendment and/or alteration shall be arranged and agreed upon in writing prior to commencement or during the currency of the contract. Furthermore, a Price allowance and amendment Delivery schedule shall have been agreed to by both parties in writing.
2.6 It is agreed that no employee or agent of HFP shall have the right or authority to assume or create any obligation of any kind, express or implied on behalf of HFP or to bind it in any respect whatever, except a duly elected officer of HFP who, acting within their authority, modifies this contract in writing, and this contract shall prevail to the extent of any inconsistency with any other document or agreement between the Customer and HFP.
3. Change in Control
3.1 The Customer shall give HFP not less than fourteen (14) days prior written notice of any proposed change of ownership of the Customer and/or any other change in the Customer’s details (including but not limited to, changes in the Customer’s name, address, contact phone or fax number/s, or business practice). The Customer shall be liable for any loss incurred by HFP as a result of the Customer’s failure to comply with this clause.
4. Price and Payment
4.1 At HFP’ sole discretion the Price shall be either: (a) as indicated on any invoice provided by HFP to the Customer; or
(b) the Price as at the date of delivery of the Goods according to HFP’ current price list; or
(c) HFP’ quoted price (subject to clause 4.2) which will be valid for the period stated in the quotation or otherwise for a period of thirty (30) days. HFP reserves the right to refuse any order based upon the quotation within seven (7) days after receipt thereof.
4.2 HFP reserves the right to change the Price:
(a) if a variation to the Goods which are to be supplied (including any applicable plans or specifications) is requested; or
(b) in the event of increases to HFP in the cost of labour or materials which are beyond HFP’ control.
4.3 Where a sketch, model or other experimental or preliminary Good is made or Services performed at the request of the Customer and if an order therefrom does not eventuate, the costs thereof will be charged to the Customer.
4.4 Time for payment for the Goods being of the essence, the Price will be payable by the Customer on the date/s determined by HFP, which may be:
(a) on Delivery;
(b) before Delivery;
(c) where the Price is over five thousand dollars ($5000), by monthly instalments/progress payments as follows: (i) during the manufacture, supply and/or erection: payment claims equalling up to ninety percent (90%) of the Price shall be submitted and payable within seven (7) days from the date of the claim; and (ii) on Delivery: the full outstanding portion of the Price shall be due thirty (30) days following the date of the claim.
(d) the date specified on any invoice or other form as being the date for payment; or
(e) failing any notice to the contrary, the date which is thirty (30) days following the end of the month in which an invoice/statement is posted to the Customer’s address or address for notices.
4.5 Payment may be made by cash, cheque, bank cheque, electronic/on-line banking, eftpos, credit card (plus a surcharge of up to two percent (2%) of the Price), or by any other method as agreed to between the Customer and HFP.
4.6 Unless otherwise stated the Price does not include GST. In addition to the Price the Customer must pay to HFP an amount equal to any GST HFP must pay for any supply by HFP under this or any other agreement for the sale/hire of the Goods. The Customer must pay GST, without deduction or set off of any other amounts, at the same time and on the same basis as the Customer pays the Price. In addition the Customer 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.
5.1 Delivery of the Goods (“Delivery”) is taken to occur at the time that:
(a) the Customer or the Customer’s nominated carrier takes possession of the Goods at HFP’ address; or
(b) HFP (or HFP’ nominated carrier) delivers the Goods to the Customer’s nominated address even if the Customer is not present at the address.
5.2 At HFP’ sole discretion, the cost of Delivery is either included in, or is in addition to, the Price.
5.3 The Customer must take Delivery by receipt or collection of the Goods whenever they are tendered for Delivery. In the event that the Customer is unable to take Delivery as arranged then HFP shall be entitled to charge a reasonable fee for redelivery of the Goods and/or the storage of the Goods.
5.4 HFP may deliver the Goods in separate instalments. Each separate instalment shall be invoiced and paid in accordance with the provisions in these terms and conditions.
5.5 Any time or date given by HFP to the Customer is an estimate only. The Customer must still accept Delivery even if late and HFP will not be liable for any loss or damage incurred by the Customer as a result of the Delivery being late.
6.1 Risk of damage to or loss of the Goods passes to the Customer on Delivery and the Customer must insure the Goods on or before Delivery.
6.2 If any of the Goods are damaged or destroyed following Delivery but prior to ownership passing to the Customer, HFP is entitled to receive all insurance proceeds payable for the Goods. The production of these terms and conditions by HFP is sufficient evidence of HFP’ rights to receive the insurance proceeds without the need for any person dealing with HFP to make further enquiries.
6.3 If the Customer requests HFP to leave Goods outside HFP’ premises for collection or to deliver the Goods to an unattended location then such Goods shall be left at the Customer’s sole risk.
6.4 The Customer is to procure and pay for any necessary permits and will be responsible for compliance with all local ordinances, state or federal laws with respect to the use and/or installation of the Goods.
7.1 HFP and the Customer agree that ownership of the Goods shall not pass until: (a) the Customer has paid HFP all amounts owing to HFP; and
(b) the Customer has met all of its other obligations to HFP.
7.2 Receipt by HFP 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.
7.3 It is further agreed that: (a) until ownership of the Goods passes to the Customer in accordance with clause 7.1 that the Customer is only a bailee of the Goods and must return the Goods to HFP on request.
(b) the Customer holds the benefit of the Customer’s insurance of the Goods on trust for HFP and must pay to HFP the proceeds of any insurance in the event of the Goods being lost, damaged or destroyed.
(c) the Customer must not sell, dispose, or otherwise part with possession of the Goods other than in the ordinary course of business and for market value. If the Customer sells, disposes or parts with possession of the Goods then the Customer: (i) must hold the proceeds of any such act on trust for HFP and must pay or deliver the proceeds to HFP on demand;
(ii) immediately upon request from HFP, assign thereto all the Customer’s rights arising out of any sale, disposal, etc.
(d) the Customer should not convert or process the Goods or intermix them with other goods but if the Customer does so then the Customer holds the resulting product on trust for the benefit of HFP and must sell, dispose of or return the resulting product to HFP as it so directs.
(e) the Customer irrevocably authorises HFP to enter any premises where HFP believes the Goods are kept and recover possession of the Goods.
(f) HFP may recover possession of any Goods in transit whether or not delivery has occurred.
(g) the Customer shall not charge or grant an encumbrance over the Goods nor grant nor otherwise give away any interest in the Goods while they remain the property of HFP.
(h) HFP may commence proceedings to recover the Price of the Goods sold notwithstanding that ownership of the Goods has not passed to the Customer
8. Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (“PPSA”)
8.1 In this clause financing statement, financing change statement, security agreement, and security interest has the meaning given to it by the PPSA.
8.2 Upon assenting to these terms and conditions in writing the Customer 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 Goods that have previously been supplied and that will be supplied in the future by HFP to the Customer.
8.3 The Customer 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 HFP 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 8.3(a)(i) or 8.3(a)(ii);
(b) indemnify, and upon demand reimburse, HFP 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;
(c) not register a financing change statement in respect of a security interest without the prior written consent of HFP;
(d) 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 HFP;
(e) immediately advise HFP 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.
8.4 HFP and the Customer agree that sections 96, 115 and 125 of the PPSA do not apply to the security agreement created by these terms and conditions.
8.5 The Customer waives their rights to receive notices under sections 95, 118, 121(4), 130, 132(3)(d) and 132(4) of the PPSA.
8.6 The Customer waives their rights as a grantor and/or a debtor under sections 142 and 143 of the PPSA.
8.7 Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by HFP, the Customer waives their right to receive a verification statement in accordance with section 157 of the PPSA.
8.8 The Customer must unconditionally ratify any actions taken by HFP under clauses 8.3 to 8.5.
8.9 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.
9. Security and Charge
9.1 In consideration of HFP agreeing to supply the Goods, the Customer 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 Customer either now or in the future, to secure the performance by the Customer of its obligations under these terms and conditions (including, but not limited to, the payment of any money).
9.2 The Customer indemnifies HFP from and against all HFP’ costs and disbursements including legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis incurred in exercising HFP’ rights under this clause.
9.3 The Customer irrevocably appoints HFP and each director of HFP as the Customer’s true and lawful attorney/s to perform all necessary acts to give effect to the provisions of this clause 9 including, but not limited to, signing any document on the Customer’s behalf.
10. Defects, Warranties and Returns, Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA)
10.1 The Customer must inspect the Goods on Delivery and must within fourteen (14) days of such time notify HFP in writing of any evident defect/damage, shortage in quantity, or failure to comply with the description or quote. The Customer must notify any other alleged defect in the Goods as soon as reasonably possible after any such defect becomes evident. Upon such notification the Customer must allow HFP to inspect the Goods.
10.2 Under applicable State, Territory and Commonwealth Law (including, without limitation the CCA), certain statutory implied guarantees and warranties (including, without limitation the statutory guarantees under the CCA) may be implied into these terms and conditions (Non-Excluded Guarantees).
10.3 HFP acknowledges that nothing in these terms and conditions purports to modify or exclude the Non-Excluded Guarantees.
10.4 Except as expressly set out in these terms and conditions or in respect of the Non-Excluded Guarantees, HFP makes no warranties or other representations under these terms and conditions including but not limited to the quality or suitability of the Goods. HFP’ liability in respect of these warranties is limited to the fullest extent permitted by law.
10.5 If the Customer is a consumer within the meaning of the CCA, HFP’ liability is limited to the extent permitted by section 64A of Schedule 2.
10.6 If HFP is required to replace the Goods under this clause or the CCA, but is unable to do so, HFP may refund any money the Customer has paid for the Goods.
10.7 If the Customer is not a consumer within the meaning of the CCA, HFP’ liability for any defect or damage in the Goods is: (a) limited to the value of any express warranty or warranty card provided to the Customer by HFP at HFP’ sole discretion;
(b) limited to any warranty to which HFP is entitled, if HFP did not manufacture the Goods;
(c) otherwise negated absolutely.
10.8 Subject to this clause 10, returns will only be accepted provided that:
(a) the Customer has complied with the provisions of clause 10.1; and
(b) HFP has agreed that the Goods are defective; and
(c) the Goods are returned within a reasonable time at the Customer’s cost (if that cost is not significant); and
(d) the Goods are returned in as close a condition to that in which they were delivered as is possible.
10.9 Notwithstanding clauses 10.1 to 10.8 but subject to the CCA, HFP shall not be liable for any defect or damage which may be caused or partly caused by or arise as a result of:
(a) the Customer failing to properly maintain or store any Goods;
(b) the Customer using the Goods for any purpose other than that for which they were designed;
(c) the Customer continuing the use of any Goods after any defect became apparent or should have become apparent to a reasonably prudent operator or user;
(d) the Customer failing to follow any instructions or guidelines provided by HFP;
(e) fair wear and tear, any accident, or act of God.
10.10 HFP may in its absolute discretion accept non-defective Goods for return in which case HFP may require the Customer to pay handling fees of up to twenty percent (20%) of the value of the returned Goods plus any freight costs.
10.11 Notwithstanding anything contained in this clause if HFP is required by a law to accept a
return then HFP will only accept a return on the conditions imposed by that law.
11. Intellectual Property
11.1 Where HFP has designed, drawn or developed Goods for the Customer, then the copyright in any designs and drawings and documents shall remain the exclusive property of HFP and must not be lent, copied or otherwise used without the written consent of HFP, and must be returned upon demand thereof.
11.2 The Customer warrants that all designs, specifications or instructions given to HFP will not cause HFP to infringe any patent, registered design or trademark in the execution of the Customer’s order and the Customer agrees to indemnify HFP against any action taken by a third party against HFP in respect of any such infringement.
11.3 The Customer agrees that HFP may (at no cost) use for the purposes of marketing or entry into any competition, any documents, designs, drawings or Goods which HFP has created for the Customer.
12. Default and Consequences of Default
12.1 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 HFP’ sole discretion such interest shall compound monthly at such a rate) after as well as before any judgment.
12.2 If the Customer owes HFP any money the Customer shall indemnify HFP from and against all costs and disbursements incurred by HFP in recovering the debt (including but not limited to internal administration fees, legal costs on a solicitor and own client basis, HFP’ contract default fee, and bank dishonour fees).
12.3 Without prejudice to any other remedies HFP may have, if at any time the Customer is in breach of any obligation (including those relating to payment) under these terms and conditions HFP may suspend or terminate the supply of Goods to the Customer. HFP will not be liable to the Customer for any loss or damage the Customer suffers because HFP has exercised its rights under this clause.
12.4 Without prejudice to HFP other remedies at law HFP shall be entitled to cancel all or any part of any order of the Customer which remains unfulfilled and all amounts owing to HFP shall, whether or not due for payment, become immediately payable if:
(a) any money payable to HFP becomes overdue, or in HFP’ opinion the Customer will be unable to make a payment when it falls due;
(b) the Customer 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
(c) a receiver, manager, liquidator (provisional or otherwise) or similar person is
appointed in respect of the Customer or any asset of the Customer.
13.1 HFP may cancel any contract to which these terms and conditions apply or cancel Delivery at any time before the Goods are delivered by giving written notice to the Customer. On giving such notice HFP shall repay to the Customer any money paid by the Customer for the Goods. HFP shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from such cancellation.
13.2 In the event that the Customer cancels Delivery the Customer shall be liable for any and all loss incurred (whether direct or indirect) by HFP as a direct result of the cancellation (including, but not limited to, any loss of profits).
13.3 Cancellation of orders for Goods made to the Customer’s specifications, or for non-stocklist items, will definitely not be accepted once production has commenced, or an order has been placed.
14. Privacy Act 1988
14.1 The Customer agrees for HFP to obtain from a credit reporting body (CRB) a credit report containing personal credit information (e.g. name, address, D.O.B, occupation, previous credit applications, credit history) about the Customer in relation to credit provided by HFP.
14.2 The Customer agrees that HFP may exchange information about the Customer with those credit providers and with related body corporates for the following purposes: (a) to assess an application by the Customer; and/or
(b) to notify other credit providers of a default by the Customer; and/or
(c) to exchange information with other credit providers as to the status of this credit account, where the Customer is in default with other credit providers; and/or
(d) to assess the creditworthiness of the Customer including the Customer’s repayment history in the preceding two years.
14.3 The Customer consents to HFP being given a consumer credit report to collect overdue payment on commercial credit.
14.4 The Customer agrees that personal credit information provided may be used and retained by HFP for the following purposes (and for other agreed purposes or required by): (a) the provision of Goods; and/or
(b) analysing, verifying and/or checking the Customer’s credit, payment and/or status in relation to the provision of Goods; and/or
(c) processing of any payment instructions, direct debit facilities and/or credit facilities requested by the Customer; and/or
(d) enabling the collection of amounts outstanding in relation to the Goods.
14.5 HFP may give information about the Customer to a CRB for the following purposes:
(a) to obtain a consumer credit report;
(b) allow the CRB to create or maintain a credit information file about the Customer including credit history.
14.6 The information given to the CRB may include: (a) personal information as outlined in 14.1 above;
(b) name of the credit provider and that HFP is a current credit provider to the Customer;
(c) whether the credit provider is a licensee;
(d) type of consumer credit;
(e) details concerning the Customer’s application for credit or commercial credit (e.g. date of commencement/termination of the credit account and the amount requested);
(f) advice of consumer credit defaults, overdue accounts, loan repayments or outstanding monies which are overdue by more than sixty (60) days and for which written notice for request of payment has been made and debt recovery action commenced or alternatively that the Customer no longer has any overdue accounts and HFP has been paid or otherwise discharged and all details surrounding that discharge(e.g. dates of payments);
(g) information that, in the opinion of HFP, the Customer has committed a serious credit infringement;
(h) advice that the amount of the Customer’s overdue payment is equal to or more than one hundred and fifty dollars ($150).
14.7 The Customer shall have the right to request (by e-mail) from HFP:
(a) a copy of the information about the Customer retained by HFP and the right to request that HFP correct any incorrect information; and
(b) that HFP does not disclose any personal information about the Customer for the purpose of direct marketing.
14.8 HFP will destroy personal information upon the Customer’s request (by e-mail) or if it is no longer required unless it is required in order to fulfil the obligations of this agreement or is required to be maintained and/or stored in accordance with the law.
14.9 The Customer can make a privacy complaint by contacting HFP via e-mail. HFP will respond to that complaint within seven (7) days of receipt and will take all reasonable steps to make a decision as to the complaint within thirty (30) days of receipt of the complaint. In the event that the Customer is not satisfied with the resolution provided, the Customer can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner at www.oaic.gov.au.
15. Unpaid Seller’s Rights
15.1 Where the Customer has left any item with HFP for repair, modification, exchange or for HFP to perform any other service in relation to the item and HFP has not received or been tendered the whole of any moneys owing to it by the Customer, HFP shall have, until all moneys owing to HFP are paid:
(a) a lien on the item; and
(b) the right to retain or sell the item, such sale to be undertaken in accordance with any legislation applicable to the sale or disposal of uncollected goods.
15.2 The lien of HFP shall continue despite the commencement of proceedings, or judgment for any moneys owing to HFP having been obtained against the Customer.
16. Construction Contracts Act 2004
16.1 At HFP’ sole discretion, if there are any disputes or claims for unpaid Goods then the provisions of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 may apply.
16.2 Nothing in this agreement is intended to have the effect of contracting out of any provisions of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 of Western Australia, except to the extent permitted by the Act where applicable.
17.1 The failure by HFP to enforce any provision of these terms and conditions shall not be treated as a waiver of that provision, nor shall it affect HFP’ 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.
17.2 These terms and conditions and any contract to which they apply shall be governed by the laws of Western Australia, the state in which HFP has its principal place of business, and are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in that state.
17.3 Subject to clause 10, HFP shall be under no liability whatsoever to the Customer for any indirect and/or consequential loss and/or expense (including loss of profit) suffered by the Customer arising out of a breach by HFP of these terms and conditions (alternatively HFP’ liability shall be limited to damages which under no circumstances shall exceed the Price).
17.4 The Customer shall not be entitled to set off against, or deduct from the Price, any sums owed or claimed to be owed to the Customer by HFP nor to withhold payment of any invoice because part of that invoice is in dispute.
17.5 HFP may license or sub-contract all or any part of its rights and obligations without the Customer’s consent.
17.6 The Customer agrees that HFP may amend these terms and conditions at any time. If HFP makes a change to these terms and conditions, then that change will take effect from the date on which HFP notifies the Customer of such change. The Customer will be taken to have accepted such changes if the Customer makes a further request for HFP to provide Goods to the Customer.
17.7 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.
17.8 The Customer 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.