Terms and Conditions of Trade

QUS Pty Ltd ABN 92 122 665 310 (AFS Licence Number: 321877), (‘QUS’)

Effective date: 5 October 2021

These Terms and Conditions of Trade (‘Terms and Conditions’) apply to financial services business between QUS and any AFS Licensed Insurance Broker (‘Broker’) from and including the Effective Date. Any Broker wishing to advise on and deal in insurance products provided by QUS agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

1. Background

The Broker wishes to carry on a financial services business to provide financial product advice for insurance products, and deal in a financial product by applying for, acquiring, varying or disposing of an insurance product provided by QUS subject to the Broker’s Australian Financial Services Licence (‘AFSL’) authorisations. The Broker agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. In consideration of the Remuneration (set out at section 8 below) by QUS, the Broker agrees to advise on and deal in an insurance product provided by QUS.

2. Relationship

The Broker holds an AFSL that authorises them to advise on and deal in insurance products to either retail or wholesale clients (or both). The Broker will advise QUS immediately if the AFSL is varied, suspended or cancelled.

The Broker acts as agent for their clients and is not an agent of QUS nor do these Terms and Conditions create any form of binder, employment, joint venture, partnership or trust. The Broker will not provide or purport to provide any financial services on behalf of QUS. The Broker is also responsible for the actions and omissions of its authorised representatives, agents, employees, contractors and referrers.

QUS acts as agent for insurers, unless otherwise advised.

3. Arranging Insurance – Closings & Hold Covered

The Broker must accept the offer for the contract of insurance in writing prior to or on the inception date and provide QUS with all proposal forms (where applicable) and closing instructions received from the insured within 14 days from the inception date of the contract of insurance, unless written instructions have been provided by QUS advising of an alternate timeframe.

Where the insured does not require the contract of insurance, the Broker is to either submit a cancellation closing or advise QUS in writing (email) within a reasonable timeframe.

The contract of insurance will be as per the written offer provided by QUS and any subsequent documents or other conduct (including any counter-offer from the Broker) will have no effect unless confirmed in writing by QUS.

Hold covered terms are not available.

4. Financial Services Guide (‘FSG’)

For retail products distributed by QUS, where there is no combined FSG/PDS for the insurance product, the Broker must issue the relevant FSG on behalf of QUS to the Broker’s client.

5. Insureds

QUS will only directly contact insureds in the following circumstances:

  • Promoting, marketing and selling its services or products to the general public or to groups of persons who are members of a specific industry, association, profession, club or ethnic community provided that in doing so it does not target any client of the Broker specifically;
  • Pursuant to statutory requirements;
  • If requested by the insured in writing;
  • If required in relation to a claim; or
  • If following reasonable efforts, QUS has been unable to provide the Broker with any of the relevant notices and information required pursuant to statutory requirements.

6. Duty of Disclosure

An insured has either a duty to take reasonable care not to make a misrepresentation or a duty of disclosure in each case under the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) (‘ICA’). The relevant sections of the ICA for general insurance products, are sections 20B and 21. The relevant duty is also set out in the product disclosure statement (PDS), policy wording or insurance documentation associated with the contract of insurance.

7. Payment of Premium, Fees and Statutory Charges

The Broker will remit full payment of premium via EFT, accompanied with an electronic remittance advice, on a net of commission basis and any applicable agency fees and statutory charges on a gross basis to QUS within 60 days of the contract of insurance’s inception date (‘Payment Terms’). All collected premium, applicable fees and statutory charges are to be held in a trust account in accordance with statutory provisions.

Any variation to the Payment Terms will be set out in the insurance documentation.

8. Remuneration

QUS will pay the Broker commission on each base premium in accordance with the rates agreed between the parties. For the avoidance of doubt, the base premium is exclusive of statutory charges (including GST and stamp duty), any fire services levy or any other fee. Any change to the Broker commission will be communicated by providing 30 days’ written notice to the Broker.

9. Cancellation of the Contract of Insurance

QUS, on behalf of the insurer, will have the right to cancel the contract of insurance if premium is not paid in accordance with the terms of the contract of insurance and these Terms and Conditions.

Any interim contracts of insurance will be cancelled in accordance with sections 38 and 60(4) of the ICA.

Any instalment contracts of insurance will be cancelled in accordance with section 62 of the ICA.

Subject to the terms of the contract of insurance, QUS maintain any other rights under the ICA to cancel the contract of insurance.

QUS must notify the Broker of any intention to either cancel or avoid a contract of insurance.
If a contract of insurance is cancelled following the cooling off period (if applicable), the premium refund will be made up of two components:
(i) a prorated percentage of the net premium received by QUS; and
(ii) a prorated percentage of commission earned by the Broker for arranging the contract of insurance.

Note: Agency fees are payable unless the contract of insurance is cancelled within the cooling off period (if applicable) or there is a full-term cancellation.

If premium is non-refundable as a result of cancellation, this will be disclosed in the PDS, policy wording or insurance documentation associated with the contract of insurance.

10. Claims

The Broker will provide all reasonable assistance to QUS, or a party nominated by QUS or the insurer, in respect of all claims and agrees that any claim will only be met upon receipt of all outstanding premium and agency fees and statutory charges for that contract of insurance.

11. Electronic Distribution

If the Broker chooses to distribute insurance documentation via electronic means, the Broker must comply with any ASIC regulatory guides and any statutory requirements.

12. Marketing Material

Any marketing material for QUS’ products created or developed by the Broker must be approved by QUS. Also, the Broker will not change any marketing material provided by QUS without the prior written consent of QUS.

13. Compliance with Applicable Requirements

The Broker will at all times comply with all statutory requirements, ASIC regulatory guides and codes of conduct affecting the Broker’s business.

14. Indemnity

Each party indemnifies the other, on demand, for all claims, damages, judgments, losses, costs (party/party basis) and expenses to the extent that they are reasonably incurred in connection with any breach by a party of either these Terms and Conditions or statutory requirements. The indemnity survives the expiry or termination of these Terms and Conditions. This indemnity does not apply to the extent of an indemnified party’s fraud, negligence or other default.

15. GST

Where GST is payable, it must be calculated and paid in accordance with A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (Cth). All amounts referred to in these Terms and Conditions are GST exclusive.

16. Recipient Created Tax Invoice (‘RCTI’)

Both parties agree that they are parties to a RCTI Agreement for the purpose of dealing in insurance products and declare that these Terms and Conditions apply to supplies to which a tax invoice relates. QUS may issue tax invoices for the supplies, in which case the Broker will not issue tax invoices for the supplies. Both parties are registered for GST and will notify the other if the registration ceases. Both parties agree to comply with the Australian Taxation Office requirements for a valid RCTI, which may be amended from time to time.

17. Target Market Determinations – Distribution Reporting and Significant Dealings

The Broker agrees to distribute the insurance products in accordance with a valid and up to date Target Market Determination (‘TMD’) (where required).

The Broker agrees to provide reasonable reporting to QUS to meet the distribution reporting and significant dealings (having regard to ASIC’s guidelines) obligations set out in the TMD for insurance products arranged by the Broker.

QUS will advise the Broker of the reporting obligations by providing 30 days’ written notice, unless a variation is required to comply with statutory requirements, where immediate notice will apply. These reporting obligations may change from time to time.

Note: If the Broker provides personal advice to the insured, distribution obligations in the TMD may not be applicable. However, reporting obligations in the TMD for complaints apply in circumstances where personal advice is provided.

18. Records

The Broker will retain all records including correspondence (whether electronic or otherwise) either created by or supplied to the Broker for the purpose of providing financial product advice on or dealing with the insurance products under these Terms and Conditions for a minimum of seven years or longer if required by any statutory requirements.

19. Dispute Resolution

The parties will attempt in good faith to negotiate any dispute between them in connection with these Terms and Conditions within 30 days after written notice from a party. If the parties cannot resolve the dispute by negotiation within 30 days from the original written notice, they will mediate in accordance with the Australian Disputes Centre guidelines for commercial mediation then in operation. This clause does not apply to any urgent court application, including interlocutory relief.

20. Privacy & Confidentiality

Privacy
The Broker, if providing QUS with personal information about individuals, will comply with all relevant obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including having made or making the individual(s) aware that their personal information will be disclosed to QUS and handled in accordance with QUS’ Privacy Policy (https://www.qus.com.au/privacy-policy).

Confidentiality
Subject to section 5 (Insureds), during and after termination of these Terms and Conditions, each party must keep confidential and must not use the other party’s Confidential Information except as necessary to perform under these Terms and Conditions or as required by law.

If a government, regulatory authority or court orders a party to disclose Confidential Information, that party will, to the extent permitted, immediately advise the other party and will disclose only such of the Confidential Information necessary to comply with the order.

Nothing in this section 20 (Privacy & Confidentiality) restricts the use or dissemination of Confidential Information obtained lawfully from a third party.

Each party authorises the other to disclose its Confidential Information to insurers, reinsurers, actuaries, auditors, professional advisors and any related bodies corporate in each case on a confidential basis.

This section 20 survives termination.

Confidential Information means all information, data, practices and techniques relating to a party, or a related body corporate, customers, competitors, business, operations, strategies, computer systems, marketing systems and intellectual property or other property of which the other party becomes aware in negotiating or performing under these Terms and Conditions.

Confidential Information does not include information that is in the public domain or later comes into the public domain (unless it came into the public domain by a breach of confidentiality).

21. Termination & Variation

These Terms and Conditions may be varied by QUS without cause by providing the Broker with 30 days’ written notice, unless the variation is to comply with a statutory requirement where immediate notice will apply. Further, these Terms and Conditions may be terminated without cause by either party by providing 30 days’ written notice to the other or immediately if a party has its AFSL varied, suspended or cancelled. QUS reserves the right to terminate these Terms and Conditions immediately by providing written notice to the Broker if the Broker is subject to an insolvency event, breaches a condition, engages in serious misconduct including fraudulent activity, or there is a statutory requirement. As soon as practicable after any termination of these Terms and Conditions and in any event within 90 days, each party must pay all money owed to the other if any, after taking into account any adjustments required and each party must return at its own expense all hard copy documents including marketing materials supplied by the other party and not access electronic copies.

Contact Details
A party will provide notice to the other of any change of address, telephone numbers and e-mail address as soon as practicable after such change.

22. Inconsistency & No Assignment

In the event of any inconsistency between these Terms and Conditions and the PDS, policy wording or insurance documentation associated with the contract of insurance, the PDS, policy wording or insurance documentation will take precedence.

The Broker may not assign its rights or transfer obligations under these Terms and Conditions without the prior written consent of QUS.

23. Letter of Appointment (LOA) policy and process

LOA’s should be signed by a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer or Committee Member of the strata entity.  Strata managers that are appointed to act on behalf of the strata entity may also sign the LOA provided the LOA states they are appointed by/acting on behalf of the strata entity.  Any letter not signed by one of the above is to be deemed insufficient and rejected.

The document should state:

  • the name of the strata entity,
  • The address of the strata entity,
  • The name of the person signing the LOA,
  • The position of the person signing the LOA,
  • LOA’s are not acceptable to QUS if written on a Broker’s letterhead,
  • LOA’s must state language along the lines of “we appoint [name of Broker] to manage all our/my insurance requirements as agreed.” And “This appointment replaces any existing arrangement in place between us/me and any other insurance intermediary”,
  • LOA’s must be physically signed and dated,
  • The date of the signed LOA must be within the last 90 days or it is to be deemed invalid and rejected.

24. Broker Agreements

All new Broker and new Authorised Representative of current Broker applications are assessed and either approved or rejected by the CEO.  When considering applications the CEO will take into consideration:

  • Membership of cluster groups
  • Experience of the Broker / Authorised Representative
  • Reputation of the Broker / Authorised Representative
  • Location of the Broker / Authorised Representative
  • Past dealings and references.
  • Potential conflict with current Broker / Authorised Representative panel
  • Potential portfolio size of applicant Broker

The CEO may delay the approval process to allow the board of QUS to be consulted on an individual application.

25. Governing Law

These Terms and Conditions will be governed by the laws of Queensland and the parties irrevocably submit unconditionally to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Queensland and any courts which may hear appeals from those Courts.