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New Contract Checklist and Unfair Contracts Information

26 Sep 2016 9:58 AM | Administration (Administrator)
The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) Ltd has released an exclusive Contract Checklist and Information about the new protections for small businesses against unfair terms in standard form contracts

The checklist and information are exclusively available to members of ATA member associations like QTA Ltd.

The checklist provides members and their legal advisers with information about the contract issues they should consider before they sign. It covers issues such as:

  • Heavy Vehicle National Law and WA chain of responsibility contract requirements
  • pricing and payment terms
  • liability for consequential loss
  • indemnities, limitation and release clauses
  • force majeure and more.

The checklist will be updated regularly.

The new protections for small businesses against unfair terms in standard form contracts will come into force on 12 November 2016.

The protections will apply to businesses with fewer than 20 employees that agree to standard form contracts where the upfront price does not exceed either $300,000, or $1 million if the contract is for more than 12 months.

The ACCC has published excellent general information about the protections, but this exclusive information focuses specifically on the terms that are commonly found in trucking industry contracts.

The information is essential for any small trucking business that is considering signing a standard form contract, and for larger trucking businesses that are looking to review their standard form contracts comply with the new requirements.

The contract checklist and unfair contracts information are general in nature and cannot take your specific business situation into account. They are not a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as legal advice. You should talk to your legal adviser if you have queries or contact Cooper Grace Ward on (07) 3231 2444.

Members wishing to obtain a copy of the Contract Checklist or the Unfair Contracts Information should contact the QTA office on 07 3394 4388 or email admin@qta.com.au.   Alternatively to discuss this more, please contact QTA's Employment Relations Manager, Travis Degen.


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