These terms and conditions apply to all valuation, advisory and other services (Services) that Acumentis Group ABN 50 102 320 329 of Level 7, 283 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000, its subsidiaries, related bodies corporate, licensees, franchisees and affiliates operating under the Acumentis brands (Acumentis) performs or provides to you in respect of providing supporting evidence for an application for the “HomeBuilder Grant” Scheme (Grant) as announced by the Commonwealth Government on 4th June 2020, unless you and Acumentis sign a written agreement that expressly excludes or override these terms and conditions.
1.1 The agreement between you and Acumentis consists of these standard terms and conditions and any written quote, proposal, submission, annexure or letter signed by an authorised officer of Acumentis, that Acumentis gives you (Proposal) confirming Acumentis’ proposal to provide valuation, advisory or other services specifically for the purpose of a “HomeBuilder Grant” application only and for no other purpose. The Proposal will identify the Acumentis company, subsidiary, related body corporate, licensee, franchisee or affiliate operating under the Acumentis brand providing Services to you, and to whom these terms and conditions apply in their provision of Services to you.
2.1 Any direction or notification whether written or verbal from you to Acumentis, that indicates that you accept the Proposal and/or that you direct Acumentis to undertake the Services described in the Proposal, is deemed to be your acceptance of these terms and conditions and when an agreement is formed.
2.2 Acumentis may refuse to provide the Services until you (including each of the applicable Instructing Party, Applicant and Reliant Party) provide written acceptance of the Proposal and these terms and conditions.
3.1 Acumentis will commence the Services on either:
a) the date that you accept the Proposal or direct Acumentis to provide the Services; or
b) any other date that you and Acumentis agree in writing or is specified in the Proposal, and will continue until the Services are complete or Acumentis’ engagement is terminated in accordance with these terms and conditions.
4.1 Acumentis will:
a) exercise reasonable skill and care in performing the Services and will comply with any codes of practice and other standards applicable by law;
b) use all reasonable efforts to inform itself of your requirements; and
c) consult with you as Acumentis considers reasonably necessary throughout the performance of the Services.
4.2 You must:
a) give Acumentis adequate directions and instructions to define your reasonable requirements of Acumentis in performing the Services;
b) fully disclose to Acumentis all information, documents and other particulars you hold or have access to relating to the Property and the requirements for performing the Services or that Acumentis otherwise reasonably requests;
c) ensure that all information, documents and other particulars you give Acumentis relating to the Property and the Services are truthful, accurate and complete, and fully and frankly disclosed to Acumentis; and
d) advise Acumentis in writing of the name of any person you appoint as your representative to act on your behalf for all purposes in connection with Acumentis’s provision of the Services, including the giving of instructions to Acumentis and on whose direction Acumentis is entitled to rely as a direction from you. Unless you advise Acumentis accordingly, Acumentis will only take instructions and directions from you or, if you are a company or other organisation, any officers of the company or organisation Acumentis addresses the Proposal or liaises with regarding the Proposal.
4.3 You warrant that:
a) the instructions and subsequent information, documents and other particulars you supply to Acumentis contain a full and frank disclosure of all information that is relevant to our provision of the Services;
b) all third-party expert or specialist reports you provide Acumentis for the purpose of Acumentis providing the Services are provided with the authority of the authors of those reports.
5.1 If any material alteration, addition to or deletion from the Services is required (Variations), Acumentis and you must agree on these Variations in writing, and they are not effective unless and until that occurs.
5.2 If the Services are varied in accordance with clause 5.1, Acumentis is entitled to claim payment for any varied services, and you agree to pay Acumentis in accordance with Acumentis’ normal rates or as Acumentis reasonably determines.
6.1 Unless stated otherwise in the Proposal, the Services are provided strictly and solely for the benefit and use of the Reliant Party.
6.2 Except as required by law, you must not provide any documents in respect of the Services (including the Report) to any third party without the prior written consent of Acumentis. Acumentis accepts no liability or responsibility to any third party in respect of the Services (including but not limited to the Report and any third party’s use of or reliance on it).
6.3 You cannot assign any Report to a third party without first obtaining the prior written consent of Acumentis, which Acumentis may withhold in its absolute discretion. Acumentis is entitled to make any approval of a request for assignment conditional on payment of an additional fee, payable by you.
7.1 The purpose of the Report is specifically stated to be for the provision of supporting evidence for an application for the HomeBuilder Grant (Grant) only, and for no other purpose. You agree that:
a) the Report will be prepared on the basis that the Report can only be relied upon for the purposes of an application for the HomeBuilder Grant and for no other purpose whatsoever;
b) the Report may not be relied upon for mortgage security purposes;
c) no guarantor of any loan or any mortgage insurer may rely on the Report;
7.2 Acumentis reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, to determine whether to address the Report to any provider of the Grant (who may be the Reliant Party).
7.3 Acumentis does not make any guarantee, promise, warranty, representation or undertaking that the submission of the Report as part of an application for the HomeBuilder Grant Scheme will result in the Grant being obtained and accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any application for the Grant being unsuccessful.
8.1 This valuation is for the private and confidential use only of the reliant party and for the specific purpose for which it has been requested.
8.2 The report is not to be relied upon by any other person, or for any other purpose.
8.3 We accept no liability to third parties, nor do we contemplate that this report will be relied upon by third parties. Any parties who may seek to rely on this report must seek the specific written consent from Acumentis.
8.4 We reserve the right to withhold our consent or to review the contents of this report in the event that our consent is sought.
9.1 Reports are valid only for a period of three (3) months from the date of valuation.
9.2 Due to possible changes in the property market and circumstances of the Property, the Services and Report can only be regarded as relevant as at the date of valuation. Any value specified in a Report may change significantly and unexpectedly at any time, including but not limited to as a result of general market changes or factors specific to the particular property. You accept the risks associated with market movement after the date of valuation, including without limitation, any fall in the market value of the Property.
Acumentis Valuation and Advisory Services – Standard Terms and Conditions
9.3 Our provision of the Services is subject to the basis of valuation, qualifications and disclaimers and conditions as outlined in the Report. Acumentis does not represent it is expert in the areas including but not limited to Surveying, Building Certification(s), Quantity Surveying, Engineering, Town Planning, or Environmental Consultants.
9.4 All land areas, building areas and lettable areas referred to in a Report are approximate, and even professional surveyors can differ in relation to the measurement of areas. If you subsequently ascertain that areas referred to in a Report differ from other information provided to you, you agree to refer the Report back to Acumentis for comments and, where appropriate in Acumentis’ opinion, amendment.
9.5 Acumentis will not, nor is Acumentis required to, inspect those parts of the Property that are unexposed or not accessible.
9.6 Reports will be based on:
a) information and data generally available at the date of valuation; and
b) the information you provide Acumentis about the Property,
and will not reflect future values or predictions.
9.7 You agree that:
a) any errors in the documents, information and other particulars you provide Acumentis about the Property; or
b) your failure to provide or fully disclose to Acumentis information about the Property of which you are aware or ought reasonably be expected to be aware,
could result in errors in the Report, for which Acumentis will not be liable or responsible.
9.8 You agree that if you delay in giving Acumentis adequate directions and instructions to define your reasonable requirements of Acumentis in performing the Services, or delay in making available to Acumentis all information, documents and other particulars you hold or have access to relating to the Property and the requirements for performing the Services or that Acumentis otherwise reasonably requests, Acumentis’ performance of the Services and completing of any Report might also be delayed. Acumentis will not be responsible for any delays that you cause or contribute to.
10.1 Neither the whole or any part of any documents Acumentis produces (including but not limited to Reports) or any reference to same may be included in any published document, circular or statement without Acumentis’ prior written consent, including as to the form and context in which it may appear. Acumentis may withhold its consent in its absolute discretion. Acumentis is entitled to make any approval of a request for consent conditional on payment of an additional fee and/or provision of an indemnity from you to Acumentis on terms Acumentis requires.
10.2 Subject to any laws to the contrary, it is Acumentis’ practice to destroy documents and records belonging to Acumentis after they are more than 10 years old. You consent to Acumentis destroying any documents that belong to you which become filed amongst Acumentis’ own papers. You agree that these data retention arrangements are acceptable.
11.1 Acumentis’ fees for the Services will be charged on the basis set out in the Proposal, or as Acumentis and you otherwise agree in writing. GST at the prevailing rate will be added and forms part of Acumentis’ fees.
11.2 Unless Acumentis otherwise agrees in writing, fees and expenses will be invoiced either before the Services are commenced and are payable before we commence work and in accordance with Acumentis’ tax invoices.
11.3 If you instruct Acumentis to proceed with the Services and subsequently cancel after Acumentis has inspected the Property (but before Acumentis provides the Report), you will not be entitled to a refund.
12.1 Each party must keep confidential any confidential or proprietary information that one party provides to the other, except:
a) where the party who gives the information consents to disclosure;
b) as may be required to be disclosed by law or to defend itself against a suit or action; or
c) where information is already publicly known.
13.1 Acumentis may engage sub-contractors to perform all or any part of the Services, however, Acumentis remains liable to you for any of the Services that are provided by Acumentis’ sub-contractors. Acumentis is not required to disclose to you the involvement of any sub-contractors.
14.1 Acumentis may terminate its appointment to provide you with the Services, for any reason, on written notice to you. Termination will be without prejudice to either party’s accrued rights and obligations incurred prior to the date that termination becomes effective.
15.1 The liability of Acumentis is limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.
15.2 Notwithstanding Clause 15.1, to the full extent permitted by law you agree that Acumentis’ liability to you (including but not limited to any liability for fraud, negligence, breach of contract or otherwise) in any way whatsoever, including performance of the Services and the Report, is strictly limited, in Acumentis’ sole discretion, to either the fee paid or payable for the Services or Report, or the cost of providing the Services or Report again.
15.3 Where the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) or other laws imply or confer warranties, conditions or guarantees or any other rights in this agreement, and it is not lawful or possible to exclude them, then those warranties, conditions or guarantees or other rights will (but only to the extent required by law) apply to this agreement. To the full extent permitted by law, Acumentis’ liability in respect of such warranties, conditions or guarantees is limited to the supply of the Services or Report again or the cost of having the Services or Report supplied again.
15.4 Acumentis will not be liable for any consequential loss or damage or loss of profits claimed which relates in any way to the services performed pursuant to these Terms, or any work done in connection with those services.
15.5 The releases, indemnities and limitations of liability in these Terms will not apply to conduct by Acumentis which is fraudulent and or wilfully dishonest.
16.1 The Parties agree to the following dispute resolution clause.
16.2 If a dispute arises out of or in any way relates to these Terms or the breach, validity or subject matter thereof (‘the dispute’), the aggrieved party shall, within 7 days of becoming aware of the dispute, by notice in writing notify the other Party / Parties that the dispute exists.
16.3 The Parties agree to first endeavour to settle the dispute by mediation conducted in accordance with the Australian Dispute Centre (ADC) mediation guidelines and administered by the ADC or as otherwise agreed by the Parties.
16.4 The costs of the mediation shall be borne equally by the Parties.
16.5 In the event that:
a) The Parties have not agreed upon a mediation or have not requested the ADC to appoint a mediator within twenty eight (28) days (or other such time period as agreed to in writing between the Parties) after the notification of the dispute; or
b) The dispute has not settled at mediation or otherwise within twenty eight (28) days (or such time period as agreed to in in writing between the Parties) after the mediation.
16.6 The dispute shall be referred to arbitration in accordance with the ADC arbitration rules and the dispute shall be administered by the ADC.
16.7 The arbitrator shall not be the same person as the mediator.
16.8 The arbitration will be held in the capital city of the state in which the valuation or consultancy was conducted and subject to the laws of that State.
16.9 The costs of the arbitration shall be borne as the arbitration shall direct and such costs shall become part of the arbitrator’s award and may be enforced as such.
16.10 In the event that an arbitrator has not been appointed or the Parties have not requested the ADC to appoint an arbitrator within seventy (70) days of the notification of the dispute, the Parties have liberty to commence proceedings in respect of the dispute in a competent jurisdiction.
Acumentis Valuation and Advisory Services – Standard Terms and Conditions
17.1 If any provision of these terms and conditions is held to be prohibited, invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction:
a) that provision is ineffective to the extent of the prohibition, invalidity or unenforceability in that jurisdiction, and
b) the remaining provisions of these terms and conditions are not affected.
18.1 All intellectual property rights and all other rights in reports, drawings and accounts, including but not limited to any Reports and other documentation created, prepared or produced by Acumentis in relation to Acumentis’ performance of the Services, shall be exclusively owned by and remain vested in Acumentis.
19.1 These terms and conditions are governed by the law in force in the state or territory in which Acumentis performs the Services and the parties submit to the non- exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of, or exercising jurisdiction in, that state or territory.
20.1 In these terms and conditions, unless the context indicates a contrary intention:
a) Applicant means the party identified in the Proposal as the “Applicant”, if any;
Instructing Party means the party identified in the Proposal as the “Instructing Party”, if any;
Acumentis means the entity within the corporate group of Acumentis Group Limited that provides the Services and includes its subsidiaries, related bodies corporate, licensees, franchisees and affiliates operating under the Acumentis brands. The Acumentis entity providing the Services to you will be stated in the Proposal;
Property means any properties in relation to which you ask Acumentis to perform valuation, advisory or other services, which may be detailed in the Proposal;
Reliant Party means the party identified in the Proposal as the “Reliant Party”, if any;
Report means any valuation or advisory report that Acumentis provides to you that is prepared and signed by a valuer representing Acumentis and formally issued to you; and
You & your means any party to who Acumentis directly or indirectly provides Services, including Reports, and includes the Instructing Party, the Applicant and the Reliant Party, jointly and severally.
b) a reference to:
20.2 Unless expressly stated to the contrary in the quote, proposal, submission, annexure or letter of which these standard terms and conditions form part, if there is any inconsistency between these standard terms and conditions and the quote, proposal, submission, annexure or letter, these terms and conditions prevail to the extent of the inconsistency. These terms and conditions apply to the exclusion of any order form, terms and conditions or document that you issue to Acumentis.
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation
Keep up to date with market insights
Sign up to our mailing list