These terms apply to all advertising provided to any person (“Customer“) by Rural Press Pty Ltd ABN 47 000 010 382 or a related body corporate (“ACM”). Customer includes an advertiser on whose behalf Advertising is placed and any media company or agency that arranges the Advertising for its clients.
1. Publication of Advertising
1.1 Subject to these Terms, in providing advertising to a Customer (“Advertising”), ACM will use its reasonable endeavours to publish the Advertising in the format and in the position agreed with the Customer. “Advertising” includes images submitted for publication and content or information relating to published advertisements.
1.2 Customer grants ACM a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to publish, and to sub-licence the publication of, the Advertising in any form or medium, including print, online or other. Customer warrants that it is authorised to grant ACM the licence in this clause 1.
2. Right to Refuse Advertising
2.1 Neither these Terms nor any written or verbal quotation by ACM represents an agreement to publish Advertising. An agreement will only be formed between ACM and Customer when ACM accepts the Advertising in writing or generates a tax invoice for that Advertising.
2.2 ACM reserves the right to refuse or withdraw from publication any Advertising at any time that, in the opinion of ACM, is illegal, defamatory, offensive, obscene and/or contrary to the business interest, goodwill and/or reputation of ACM or any of its customers or vendors or is likely to infringe on the rights of third parties (even if the Advertising has previously been published by ACM).
3. Right to vary Format, Placement or Distribution
3.1 ACM will use reasonable efforts to publish Advertising in the format and in the position requested by the Customer. However, ACM reserves the right to vary the placement of Advertising within a title or website or to change the format of Advertising. Customer must pay the full price for Advertising even if ACM varies the format or placement of the Advertising.
3.2 Except in accordance with clause 12, ACM will not be liable for any loss or damage incurred by a Customer arising from ACM’s failure to publish Advertising in the format and position requested by the Customer.
3.3 If ACM changes the press configuration for a publication, ACM reserves the right to shrink or enlarge the Advertising by up to 10% without notice to Customer or any change to rates.
4. Submission of Advertising
4.1 Customer warrants to ACM that the publication of the Advertising does not breach or infringe:
the Competition and Consumer Act (Cth) or equivalent State legislation;
any copyright, trade mark, obligation of confidentiality or other personal or proprietary right;
any law of defamation, obscenity or contempt of any court, tribunal or royal commission;
State or Commonwealth privacy legislation or anti-discrimination legislation;
any financial services law as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth); or
any other law or applicable code (including any common law, statute, delegated legislation, rule or ordinance of the Commonwealth, or a State or Territory).
4.2 Customer warrants that if Advertising contains the name or photographic or pictorial representation of any living person and/or any copy by which any living person can be identified, the Customer has obtained the authority of that person to make use of his/her name or representation or the copy.
4.3 Advertising containing contact details for the Customer must contain the full name and street address of the Customer. Post office box and email addresses alone are insufficient.
4.4 If a Customer submits Advertising that looks, in ACM’s opinion, like editorial material, ACM may publish the Advertising under the heading “Advertising” with a border distinguishing it from editorial.
4.5 Advertising submitted electronically must comply with ACM's specifications. ACM may reject the Advertising material if it is not submitted in accordance with such specifications.
4.6 Advertising material delivered digitally must include the ACM booking or material identification number.
4.7 If Customer is a corporation and the Advertising contains the price for consumer goods or services, Customer warrants that the Advertising complies with the component pricing provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act (Cth) and contains, as a single price, the minimum total price to the extent quantifiable at time of the Advertising.
4.8 Customer must not resell Advertising space to any third party without ACM’s consent.
4.9 If Advertising promotes a competition or trade promotion, Customer warrants it has obtained all relevant permits and indemnifies ACM against any loss in connection with the Advertising.
5. Classified Advertising
ACM will publish classified Advertising under the classification heading it determines is most appropriate. These headings are for the convenience of readers. ACM will publish classified display Advertising sorted by alphabetical caption and, where space permits, with related line Advertising.
6. Online Advertising
6.1 For online banner and display Advertising, Customer must submit creative materials and a click-through URL to ACM at least 3 working days (5 working days for non-gif material) or within such other deadline advised by ACM at its discretion before publication date. ACM may charge Customer for online Advertising cancelled on less than 14 days notice or if creative materials are not submitted in accordance with this clause 6.1.
6.2 All online Advertising (including rich media) must comply with ACM’s advertising specifications.
6.3 ACM will measure online display and banner Advertising (including impressions delivered and clicks achieved) through its ad-serving systems. Results from Customer or third party ad-servers will not be accepted for the purposes of ACM’s billing and assessment of Advertising.
6.4 ACM is not liable for loss or damage from an internet or telecommunications failure.
6.5 Customer acknowledges that ACM may at its discretion include additional features or inclusions such as third party advertisements within online classified Advertising.
7.1 Customer must promptly check proofs of Advertising (if provided to the Customer by ACM) and notify ACM of any errors in the proofs or in published Advertising.
7.2 ACM does not accept responsibility for any errors submitted by the Customer or its agent, including errors in Advertising placed over the telephone.
7.3 Customer must send any claim for credit or republication in writing to ACM no later than 7 days after the date of publication of the Advertising.
8. Advertising Rates and GST
8.1 The Customer must pay for Advertising, unless otherwise agreed, at the casual ratecard rate. Ratecard rates may be varied at any time by ACM without notice. Customer must pay GST at the time it pays for Advertising. ACM will provide a tax invoice or adjustment note (as applicable).
8.2 Eligibility for discounts or rebates will be based on the Customer’s GST-exclusive advertising spend.
9. Credit and Customer Accounts
ACM may grant, deny or withdraw credit to a Customer at any time in its discretion. Customer must ensure that its Customer account number is available only to those employees authorised to use it. Customer acknowledges it will be liable for all Advertising placed under Customer’s account number.
10.1 The Customer must pre-pay for Advertising if required by ACM. If Advertising is on account, payment must be within 7 days of date of the invoice or, for certain Rural Press publications, within 21 days of the end of the month in which the invoice is issued. If a commercial account has been established with ACM, payment must be within 30 days of invoice date.
10.2 If Customer fails to provide the copy for a booking by the publication deadline, ACM may, at its sole discretion, still accept the Advertising after the deadline. If the Advertising is ultimately not published because of Customer’s failure to deliver the copy in sufficient time after the publication deadline, Customer will still be charged for the Advertising and Customer has no claim against ACM for credit, republication or other remedy for out of deadline Advertising.
10.3 Customer must pay the full price for Advertising even if there is an error in the Advertising, unless the error was ACM’s fault.
10.4 Customer must pay its electronic transmission costs.
10.5 To the extent that ACM incurs any third party costs on the Customer’s behalf (e.g. production costs) which it is not able to be reimbursed for, the Customer will be required to pay this amount to ACM regardless of whether the Advertising is postponed or cancelled.
11. Failure to Pay and Other Breach
11.1 If Customer breaches these terms, fails to pay for Advertising or suffers an Insolvency Event (defined in clause 11.2), ACM may (in its discretion and without limitation):
a) cancel any provision of credit to Customer;
b) require cash pre-payment for further Advertising;
c) charge interest on all overdue amounts at the rate 2% above the NAB Overdraft Base Rate;
d) take proceedings against the Customer for any outstanding amounts;
e) recover ACM’s costs including mercantile agency and legal costs on a full indemnity basis;
f) cease publication of further Advertising or suspend an agreement for Advertising not yet published until the breach is remedied and if it is not remedied within 10 Business Days, ACM may terminate an agreement for Advertising not published;
g) exercise any other rights at law.
11.2 A Customer suffers an “Insolvency Event” if:
a) Customer is a natural person and commits an act of bankruptcy; or
B) Customer is a body corporate and cannot pay its debts as and when they fall due or enters an arrangement with its creditors other than in the ordinary course of business or passes a resolution for administration, winding up or liquidation (other than for the purposes of reorganisation or reconstruction); or has a receiver, manager, liquidator or administrator appointed to any of its property or assets or has a petition presented for its winding up.
11.3 ACM may withhold any discounts or rebates if Customer fails to comply with its payment obligations.
11.4 A written statement of debt signed by an authorised employee of ACM is evidence of the amount owed by the Customer to ACM.
12.1 Each of the parties excludes all implied conditions and warranties from these terms, except any condition or warranty (such as conditions and warranties implied by the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and equivalent State acts) which cannot by law be excluded (“Non-excludable Condition“).
12.2 Each of the parties limits its liability for:
a)breach of any Non-excludable Condition (to the extent such liability can be limited); and
b) for any breach of contract caused by or contributed by a party,
in the case of ACM, to the re-supply of the Advertising if reasonably possible or payment of the cost of re-supply to Customer and in the case of Customer, the amount paid for the Advertising.
12.3 Subject to clauses 12.1, neither party will, in any circumstances, be liable to the other for any indirect or consequential losses, loss of profits, loss of revenue or loss of business opportunity.
12.4 Subject to clause 12.2, the Customer indemnifies ACM and its officers, employees, contractors and agents (the “Indemnified“) against any costs, expenses, losses, damages and liability suffered or incurred by the Indemnified arising from the Customer’s breach of these Terms and any negligent or unlawful act or omission of the Customer in connection with the Advertising.
13.1 ACM collects a Customer’s personal information to provide the Advertising to the Customer and for invoicing purposes. ACM may disclose this personal information to its related bodies corporate, to credit reporting agencies and other third parties as part of provision of the Advertising and for overdue accounts, to debt collection agencies to recover amounts owing.
13.2 ACM provides some published Advertising to third party service providers. Where such Advertising contains personal information, Customer consents to the disclosure of their personal information in the advertising to third parties and to the personal information being republished by a third party.
14.1 Each party will treat as confidential, and will procure that its advertising agents, other agents, and contractors (“Agents“) treat as confidential and will not disclose, unless disclosure is required by law:
a) the terms of this Agreement (including terms relating to volumes and pricing);
b) information generated for the performance of this Agreement, including all data relating to advertising schedules, budgets, forecasts, booked advertising, prices or volumes;
c) any other information that ought in good faith to be treated as confidential given the circumstances of disclosure or the nature of the information; and
d) any information derived wholly or partly for any information referred to in (a) to (c) above.
14.2 Each party agrees to take all reasonable precautions to prevent any unauthorised use, disclosure, publication or dissemination of the confidential information by or on behalf of itself or any third party.
15.1 These Terms, with any other written agreement, represent the entire agreement of the Customer and ACM for Advertising. They can only be varied in writing by an authorised officer of ACM. No purchase order or other document issued by the Customer will vary these Terms.
15.2 ACM will not be liable for any delay or failure to publish Advertising caused by a factor outside ACM’s reasonable control (including but not limited to any act of God, war, breakdown of plant, industrial dispute, electricity failure, governmental or legal restraint).
15.3 ACM may serve notice on Customer by post or fax to the last known address of the Customer.
15.4 These Terms are governed by the laws of the State in which the billing ACM company for the Advertising is located and each party submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of that State.