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Terms and Conditions of Purchase


In these Terms and Conditions:

Company means Smithson Equipment (Aust) Pty Ltd (ABN 11 855 723 522) and each of its divisions and related entities
Contract means these Terms and Conditions of trade.

Customer means the person, corporation or firm acquiring goods or services from the Company.

Goods means the provision of Goods or rendering of service by the Company for the Customer.


2.1 The Customer’s Order is accepted by the Company on the basis that (subject to clause 8) these Terms and Conditions constitute the Contract between the Customer and the Company for the sale and purchase of the Goods.

2.2 This Contract supersedes all prior discussions, representations, agreements and arrangements in relation to the sale and purchase of the Goods.


3.1 The Price is that ruling at the date of despatch of the Goods.

3.2 Any price quoted on any document or correspondence issued by the Company:

(a) excludes GST and any other taxes or duties imposed on or in relation to the Goods and services, in addition to payment of the Price of the Goods and services;

(b) excludes the cost of packaging, freight, delivery, or other costs incurred by the Company in the course of supply and delivery to the Customer;

(c) is based on costs of all kinds in relation to the Goods ruling at the date of the quotation and is subject to fair adjustment by the Company to take into account any alteration in such costs prior to delivery of the Goods or (in the case of delivery by installments) prior to the final delivery.

(d) if you would like to purchase one of these items, you must call the store on (07) 3348 5655 for pricing. Items will not be forwarded until payment, as agreed via store contact, is recieved in full. 

(e) Prices and products are current at the time of listing on our website but are subject to change without notice. In the event a product is listed at an incorrect price due to typographical error or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, Smithson Equipment shall have the right to refuse or cancel any orders placed for products listed at the incorrect price, whether or not the order has been confirmed.


4.1 The Customer agrees to accept and pay for the Goods in accordance with this Contract.

4.2 Payments on 30 Day Account must be made in full by the end of the month immediately following the date of the invoice (in this clause, “the Due Date”).

4.3 Payments in respect of Capital Equipment must be made in full on delivery.

4.4 Payments in respect of export orders must be made by cash or confirmed by irrevocable letter of credit on an Australian bank.

4.5 Payment in full on or before the Due Date is a condition precedent to future deliveries under this or any other Contract with the Customer.

4.6 Without prejudice to any other right or remedy the Company may have, it may charge the Customer on any overdue amounts interest at a rate of 5% per annum above the then maximum rate specified by National Australia Bank for overdrafts of less than $100,000.00.

4.7 Time of payments is of the essence of the Contract. Payment by EFT to Company’s bank account is the preferred option.

4.8 The Terms and Conditions as to payment may be revoked or amended at the sole discretion of the Company at any time by written notice to the Customer.

4.9 If the Customer does not make a payment by the Due Date then all money owed by the Customer to the Company (whether or not it is then payable) is immediately due and payable (without notice) by the Customer to the Company.


5.1 Risk in the Goods and all insurance responsibility for theft, damage or otherwise in respect of the Goods passes to the Customer at the time when the Goods have been placed on the vehicle which is to effect delivery from the Company’s store or warehouse and the Goods remain at the Customer’s risk unless and until the Company retakes possession of the Goods pursuant to this Contract.

5.2 In addition to any other rights the Company may have against the Customer, the Company may repossess the Goods if any sum due in respect of them is outstanding or if the Company reasonably believes that any such sum will not be paid in full when it falls due for payment.

5.3 Until full payment in cleared funds is received by the Company for all Goods and services supplied by it to the Customer, as well as other amounts owing to the Company by the Customer:

(a) title and property in all Goods remain vested in the Company and do not pass to the Customer;

(b) the Customer must hold the Goods as fiduciary bailee and agent for the Company;

(c) the Customer must keep the Goods and maintain the labelling and packaging of the Company;

(d) the Customer is required to hold the proceeds of any sale of the Goods on trust for the Company in a separate account however failure to do so will not affect the Customer’s obligations to deal with the proceeds as trustee;

(e) the Company may without notice, enter any premises where it suspects the Goods may be and remove them, notwithstanding that they may have been attached to other Goods not the property of the Company, and for this purpose the Customer irrevocably licenses the Company to enter such premises and also indemnifies the Company from and against all costs, claims, demands or actions by any party arising from such action.


Any warranties given by the Company with respect to the Goods are set out in the packaging in which the Goods are supplied or in enclosures supplied with the Goods.


7.1 Except as specifically set out herein, or contained in any warranty statement provided with the Goods or services, any term, condition or warranty in respect of the quality, merchantability, fitness for purpose, condition, description, assembly, manufacture, design or performance of the Goods or services, whether implied by statute, common law, trade usage, custom or otherwise is hereby expressly excluded.

7.2 The Company is not liable for any loss or damage consequential or otherwise, however caused (including, but not limited to, the negligence of the Company), suffered by the Customer in connection with the Contract, any supply under the Contract, any misrepresentation by the Company or any statement by a third party accepted in good faith by the Company and repeated by it.

7.3 The Company is not liable for any indirect or consequential losses or expenses suffered by the Customer or any third party, however caused, including but not limited to loss of turnover, profits, business or goodwill or any liability to any other party.

7.4 The Company will not be liable for any loss or damage suffered by the Customer where the Company has failed to deliver Goods or fails to meet any delivery date or cancels or suspends the supply of Goods.

7.5 If the Trade Practices Act 1974 (TPA) or any other legislation implies a condition or warranty into this Contract in respect of Goods or any services supplied by the Company, and the Company’s liability for breach of that condition or warranty may not be excluded, the exclusion in clause 7.2 does not apply to that liability and instead the Company’s liability for any breach of that condition or warranty is limited to:

(a) in relation to the Goods, the Company doing any one or more of the following (at its election):

(1) replacing the Goods or supplying equivalent Goods;

(2) repairing the Goods;

(3) paying the cost of replacing the Goods or of acquiring equivalent Goods; or

(4) paying the cost of having the Goods repaired; and

(b) in relation to any supply of services, the Company doing either or both of the following (at its election):

(1) supplying the services again; or

(2) paying the cost of having the services supplied again.

(c) Nothing in these Terms and Conditions is intended to exclude, restrict or modify any rights which the Customer may have under the TPA or any other legislation which may not be excluded, restricted or modified by agreement.

7.6 Any warranty provided by the Company in the Contract does not apply in circumstances where:

(a) the Goods or services are not defective;

(b) the Goods were used or services required for a purpose other than for which they were intended;

(c) the Goods were repaired, modified or altered by any person other than the Company;

(d) the defect has arisen due to misuse, neglect or accident;

(e) the Goods have not been stored or maintained as recommended by the Company;

(f) the defect has arisen due to normal wear and tear on the Goods; or

(g) the Customer is in breach of the Terms.

7.7 The Customer acknowledges that:

(a) it has not relied on any service involving skill and judgment, or on any advice, recommendation, information or assistance provided by the Company in relation to the Goods or services or their use or application.

(b) it has the sole responsibility of satisfying itself that the Goods or services are suitable for the use of the Customer or any contemplated use by the Customer, whether or not such use is known by the Company.

(c) any description of the Goods provided in a quotation or invoice is given by way of identification only and the use of such description does not constitute a contract of sale by description.


8.1 The Customer warrants the accuracy of any specification or information provided by the Company, and the design, manufacture and installation by others of any equipment associated with the Goods or these Terms and Conditions.

8.2 The Customer covenants not to make any claim or take any proceedings against any employee or agent of the Company in connection with this Contract including in respect of any misrepresentation or negligence of the Company or any employee of the Company.

8.3 The Customer indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified the Company in respect of any breach of clause 8.1 or clause 8.2.

8.4 If the Customer does not accept the Goods in accordance with this Contract the Customer must (without prejudice to any other rights of the Company) indemnify the Company in respect of any loss, damage or claim, including any license or other fee, the cost of labour and other overheads and redundancy payments attributable to the Customer’s Order or its failure to accept the Goods.


9.1 The Price does not include the cost of carriage or insurance of the Goods from the premises of the Company or its subsidiaries to the point of delivery to the Customer and the Customer must bear all such costs, the cost of packing and the cost of any excess for special or express delivery requested by the Customer.

9.2 The Customer authorizes the Company to subcontract delivery in its absolute discretion.

9.3 Unless otherwise stated, all export Orders will be delivered Free on Board (FOB), Ex Works, which expression has the meaning assigned to it by the current version of International Commercial Terms (Inconterms); packing will be an extra charge.

9.4 The Company may charge for storage and administration costs incurred against Goods held for more than 14 days awaiting sufficient delivery instructions.

9.5 No refund of any charge made for packing will be made except in the cost of non-expendable pallets or containers which are charged for and for which credit will be given if returned carriage paid in good condition.

9.6. Subject to clause 7, it is a condition precedent to any claim for damages to the Goods, short delivery, delivery to the wrong place, or non-delivery that notice be given to the Company and the carrier within seven days of delivery in the case of inland orders and twenty-eight days of delivery in the case of export orders, in all cases taking into account date of despatch.


10.1 Subject to clause 7, the Customer must not return Goods for any reason except upon the written consent of the Company obtained in advance of such return.

10.2 Any consent given under clause 10.1 may specify the Terms and Conditions and charges upon which any such return may be made.

10.3 The Company will not under any circumstances accept Goods for return that:

(a) have been specifically produced, imported or acquired to fulfill any contract;

(b) are discontinued Goods or no longer stocked by the Company;

(c) have been altered in any way;

(d) have been used; or

(e) are not in their original condition and packaging.

10.4 If the Company accepts Goods for return, the Customer will receive a credit for the returned Goods equal to the price charged by the Company less a 15% deduction for handling and restocking charges, and any further deduction agreed for any wear and tear.

10.5 The Customer must:

(a) obtain the Company’s prior written approval for return of Goods; and

(b) pay all freight charges and costs associated with return of Goods.

10.6 Subject to clause 7, if any Goods returned by Customer to the Company for warranty service are determined by the Company not to be covered by the warranty, the Customer must reimburse the Company for all related shipping and other costs incurred by the Company, and pay to the Company an amount equal to the Company’s standard service charge in effect at the time.


11.1 If the Contract provides for the Goods to be specified by the Customer by schedule from time to time, any schedule relating to the Contract and delivered by the Customer is subject to acceptance by the Company

11.2 Where a schedule is accepted under clause 11.1, any requirements stated in the schedule to be “firm” are deemed to form part of the Contract and may only be cancelled with the prior written approval of the Company.


12.1 If, through circumstances beyond the control of the Company, the Company is unable to effect delivery or provision of Goods or services, then the Company may cancel the Customer’s order (even if it has already been accepted) by notice in writing to the Customer.

12.2 No purported cancellation or suspension of an order or any part of it by the Customer is binding on the Company after that order has been accepted.

12.3 If the Customer purports to cancel an order and the Company agrees to the cancellation, any deposit paid by the Customer will be forfeited.

12.4 The Company, in its absolute discretion may review, alter or terminate the Customer’s credit limit or payment terms without notice. The Company may request additional information or the provision of further security to a credit facility and may suspend or cancel a credit facility if the information or security requested is not provided within a reasonable time.


13.1 The Customer must:

(a) acquaint itself with the requirements of all relevant Governmental and statutory or other authority relating to the Goods and to the applications to which the Goods are put.

(b) comply with such requirements at all times while the Goods are in its possession or under its control.

(c) procure that any Customer of the Goods from the Customer acquaints itself with and complies with such requirements.

(d) obtain all necessary licenses or permits under all relevant laws and regulations in relation to the Goods.

13.2 The Customer must comply with instructions by the Company relating to the Goods.

13.3 The Customer indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified the Company in respect of any breach of clause 13.1 or 13.2


No right or license is granted to the Customer under any patent copyright, registered design or other intellectual or industrial property right or interest other than the right to resell the Goods.


15.1 If the Goods are manufactured to the design or specification of the Customer, the Customer warrants that the design, specification and Goods do not infringe any patent, copyright, registered design or other like protection of any other person and comply with any applicable statute, statutory instrument or regulation for the time being in force.

15.2 The Customer indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified the Company in respect of any breach of clause 15.1


Variation by the company within the specification for the Goods does not constitute a breach of Contract or impose upon the Company any liability whatsoever.


The Customer acknowledges that any goods left with the Company for inspection or repair etc. are subject to the provisions of the Uncollected Goods Act 1967 as amended which confers on the Company right of sale in certain circumstances after a period of 6 months from the date which the goods are ready for re-delivery.


The Company may assign, sub-Contract or sub-let this Contract or any part thereof without seeking the consent of the Customer.


The Customer must notify the Company in writing of any change in its structure of management including any change in director, shareholder or management or change in partnership or trustee within 7 days of the date of any such change.


The Company shall have no liability whatsoever under or in any way related to the sale and purchase of the Goods or otherwise for any failure to fulfil any obligation hereunder to the extent that such fulfilment is prevented by circumstances beyond its reasonable control including but without limitation to industrial disputes, strikes, lockouts, accident, breakdown, import or export restrictions, acts of God, acts of terrorism, or acts of war. Should an event of force majeure occur, then the Company may terminate the Contract by written notice to the Customer.


21.1 Any waiver by the Company must be in writing signed by the Company.

21.2 Failure by the Company to enforce any right or remedy is not a waiver of any right or remedy, or a waiver of a continuing breach.

21.3 No person acting without the express written authority of a Director of the Company is authorised to give or make on behalf of the Company any undertaking, assertion, statement or admission in respect of the Goods or their supply at variance with these Terms and Conditions.


22.1 This Contract is governed by the laws of Queensland and any dispute between the parties in connection with the Contract is to be resolved in accordance with the laws of Queensland.

22.2 The parties irrevocably submit generally and unconditionally to the jurisdiction of the courts of Brisbane in the state of Queensland in respect of claims, proceedings and matters arising out of or in connection with this Contract.

22.3 So far as it is consistent with these Terms and Conditions, the convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods 1980 (sometimes known as the Vienna Convention) applies to any export sale.


Any variation to these Terms and Conditions must be in writing signed by a Director of the Company, and refer expressly to the provisions being amended.


24.1 Any Notice must be in writing and delivered by hand or sent by post, email or facsimile as follows:

Address: PO Box 3121, Birkdale, Queensland 4159

Facsimile: (07) 3348-5688

Attention: Company Director

24.2 A Notice is regarded as given by the sender and received by the addressee:

(a) If the Notice is delivered by hand, when delivered to the addressee.

(b) If the Notice is sent by post, on the second business day following the date of postage/when delivered to the addressee.

(c) If sent by facsimile, when the transmission is successfully completed (as reported by the sender’s machine), unless the addressee informs the sender that the transmission is illegible or incomplete by telephone or Notice within 2 hours of the transmission being received.

(d) If sent by electronic mail, when the addressee opens the message (as reported by the sender’s machine), unless the addressee informs the sender that the transmission is illegible, incomplete or corrupted by telephone or Notice within 2 hours of the transmission being received.

24.3 A Notice is delivered on receipt:

(a) On a day which a business day or after 4:00pm (recipient’s time) is regarded as received at 9:00am on the following business day.

(b) Before 9:00am (recipient’s time) on a business day it is regarded as received at 9:00am on that day.


25.1 The Company is bound by the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 and will ensure that all credit and personal information obtained in connection with the Customer will be appropriately collected, used, disclosed and transferred and will be stored safely and protected against loss, unauthorized access, use, modification or disclosure and any other misuse. Such information may be accessed by request to the Company in accordance with the Privacy Act.

25.2 The Company requires that the Customer comply with the National Privacy Principles in connection with any personal information supplied to it by the Company in connection with this Contract.