WiseGardening Terms and Conditions of Use

  1. About WiseGardening
    • Welcome to WiseGardening which provides access to an independent database of over 800 chemical garden products available in Australia to Australian gardeners showing their safety for people, and for beneficial insects, birds, aquatic life, earthworms, pets and other non-target organisms (the Services).
    • Access to and use of WiseGardening and the Services is provided by Sustainable Gardening Australia Inc ABN 49 895 542 709 (SGA). Please read these terms and conditions (the Terms) and also About WiseGardening and Our Assessment and Rating Process.  Using, browsing and/or reading WiseGardening signifies that you have read, understood and agree to be bound by the Terms.  If you do not agree with the Terms, you must cease usage of WiseGardening and the Services immediately.
    • SGA aims to include up to date and accurate information about products, their ingredients, and other information on non-chemical approaches to addressing pest, disease and weed problems. SGA cannot guarantee how effective or safe products are, and to the extent permitted by law and as set out in these Terms, is not responsible or liable for any harm, injury or damage resulting from using any product or alternative non-chemical gardening approach described in WiseGardening.
    • SGA’s assessment of products is based on the information provided by the product manufacturers/distributors and publicly available scientific assessment of the ingredients stated to be in the products at the time of our assessment of them. However, product details and scientific estimates of ingredient risks may change from time to time and there may be a delay in making updates to our product assessments.  Users should confirm for themselves the suitability of a product for their purposes, especially if the product has been previously purchased since the information provided on or pertaining to such products may be different from that used by us in our current assessment.
    • When precise information is important we recommend that you contact the manufacturer of the product prior to purchase. Importantly, you should always read the product labels and associated information and follow all safety precautions on products you purchase or use.
    • SGA does not endorse any product nor does it receive financial benefit from the sale of any of these products.
    • SGA reserves the right to review and change any of the Terms by updating this page at its sole discretion. When SGA updates the Terms, it will use reasonable endeavours to provide you with notice of updates to the Terms.  Any changes to the Terms take immediate effect from the date of their publication.  Before you continue, we recommend you keep a copy of the Terms for your records.
  2. Acceptance of the Terms

You accept these Terms by WiseGardening by ticking the box on WiseGardening Overview https://www.sgaonline.org.au/wisegardening-overview/ and by remaining on WiseGardening.  You may also accept the Terms by clicking to accept or agree to the Terms where this option is made available to you by SGA in the user interface.

  1. Your obligations as a User

As a User, you agree that:

    • you will use WiseGardening and the Services only for purposes that are permitted by:
      • the Terms; and
      • any applicable law, regulation or generally accepted practices or guidelines in the relevant jurisdictions;
    • you will use any product listed in WiseGardening strictly in accordance with any instructions or guide issued by the manufacturer or supplier of that product
    • you will not use the Services or WiseGardening in connection with any commercial endeavours;
    • you will not use the Services or Guide for any illegal and/or unauthorised use which includes unauthorised framing of or linking to WiseGardening; and
    • you acknowledge and agree that any automated use of WiseGardening or its Services is prohibited.
  1. Copyright and Intellectual Property
    • WiseGardening, the Services and all of the related products of SGA are subject to copyright. The material in WiseGardening is protected by copyright under the laws of Australia and through international treaties.  Unless otherwise indicated, all rights (including copyright) in the Services and compilation of WiseGardening (including but not limited to text, graphics, logos, button icons, video images, audio clips, code, scripts, design elements and interactive features) or the Services are owned or controlled for these purposes, and are reserved by SGA or its contributors.
    • All trademarks, service marks and trade names are owned, registered and/or licensed by SGA, who grants to you a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, revocable license whilst you are a User to:
      • use WiseGardening pursuant to the Terms;
      • copy and store WiseGardening and the material contained in WiseGardening in your device’s cache memory; and
      • print pages from WiseGardening for your own personal and non-commercial use.

SGA does not grant you any other rights whatsoever in relation to WiseGardening or the Services.  All other rights are expressly reserved by SGA.

      • SGA retains all rights, title and interest in and to WiseGardening and all related Services. Nothing you do on or in relation to WiseGardening will transfer any:
        • business name, trading name, domain name, trademark, industrial design, patent, registered design or copyright, or
        • a right to use or exploit a business name, trading name, domain name, trademark or industrial design, or
        • a thing, system or process that is the subject of a patent, registered design or copyright (or an adaptation or modification of such a thing, system or process), to you.
      • You may not, without the prior written permission of SGA and the permission of any other relevant rights owners: broadcast, republish, up-load to a third party, transmit, post, distribute, show or play in public, adapt or change in any way the Services or third party Services for any purpose, unless otherwise provided by these Terms. You acknowledge and agree that SGA and/or any other relevant rights owners may refuse that permission in their absolute discretion.  This prohibition does not extend to materials on WiseGardening, which are freely available for re-use or are in the public domain.
  1. Privacy

SGA takes your privacy seriously and any information provided through your use of WiseGardening and/or Services are subject to SGA’s Privacy Policy, which is available on the SGA website.

  1. General Disclaimer
    • Nothing in the Terms limits or excludes any guarantees, warranties, representations or conditions implied or imposed by law, including the Australian Consumer Law (or any liability under them) which by law may not be limited or excluded.
    • Subject to this clause, and to the extent permitted by law:
    • all terms, guarantees, warranties, representations or conditions which are not expressly stated in the Terms are excluded; and
    • SGA will not be liable for any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage (unless such loss or damage is reasonably foreseeable resulting from our failure to meet an applicable Consumer Guarantee), loss of profit or opportunity, or damage to goodwill arising out of or in connection with the Services or these Terms (including as a result of not being able to use the Services or the late supply of the Services), whether at common law, under contract, tort (including negligence), in equity, pursuant to statute or otherwise.
      • Use of WiseGardening and the Services is at your own risk. Everything on WiseGardening and the Services is provided to you “as is” and “as available” without warranty or condition of any kind.  None of the affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contributors and licensors of SGA make any express or implied representation or warranty about the Services or any products or Services (including the products or Services of SGA) referred to in WiseGardening, including (but is not restricted to) any loss or damage you might suffer as a result of any of the following:
        1. failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, failure to correct defects, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus or other harmful component, loss of data, communication line failure, unlawful third party conduct, or theft, destruction, alteration or unauthorised access to records;
        2. the accuracy, suitability or currency of any information on WiseGardening, the Services, or any of its Services related products (including third party material and advertisements on WiseGardening);
        3. costs incurred as a result of you using WiseGardening, the Services or any of the products of SGA; and
        4. the Services or operation in respect to links which are provided for your convenience
  • 7. LImitation of Liability
      • SGA’s total liability arising out of or in connection with WiseGardening and the Services or these Terms, however arising, including under contract, tort (including negligence), in equity, under statute or otherwise, will not exceed the resupply of the Services to you.
      • You expressly understand and agree that SGA, its affiliates, employees, agents, contributors and licensors shall not be liable to you for any direct, indirect, incidental, special consequential or exemplary damages which may be incurred by you, however caused and under any theory of liability. This shall include, but is not limited to, any loss of profit (whether incurred directly or indirectly), any loss of goodwill or business reputation and any other intangible loss.
  • 8.  Indemnity
      • You agree to indemnify SGA, its affiliates, employees, agents, contributors, third party content providers and licensors from and against:
      • all actions, suits, claims, demands, liabilities, costs, expenses, loss and damage (including legal fees on a full indemnity basis) incurred, suffered or arising out of or in connection with Your Content;
      • any direct or indirect consequences of you accessing, using or transacting on WiseGardening or attempts to do so; and/or
      • any breach of the Terms.
  1. Dispute Resolution
      • Compulsory: If a dispute arises out of or relates to the Terms, neither party may commence any Tribunal or Court proceedings in relation to the dispute, unless the following clauses have been complied with (except where urgent interlocutory relief is sought).
      • Notice: A party to the Terms claiming a dispute (Dispute) has arisen under the Terms, must give written notice to the other party detailing the nature of the dispute, the desired outcome and the action required to settle the Dispute.
      • Resolution: On receipt of that notice (Notice) by that other party, the parties to the Terms (Parties) must:
        • Within 14 days of the Notice endeavour in good faith to resolve the Dispute expeditiously by negotiation or such other means upon which they may mutually agree;
        • If for any reason whatsoever, 14 days after the date of the Notice, the Dispute has not been resolved, the Parties must either agree upon selection of a mediator or request that an appropriate mediator be appointed by the President of the 1 or his or her nominee;
        • The Parties are equally liable for the fees and reasonable expenses of a mediator and the cost of the venue of the mediation and without limiting the foregoing undertake to pay any amounts requested by the mediator as a pre-condition to the mediation commencing. The Parties must each pay their own costs associated with the mediation;
        • The mediation will be held in Melbourne, Australia.
      • Confidential: All communications concerning negotiations made by the Parties arising out of and in connection with this dispute resolution clause are confidential and to the extent possible, must be treated as “without prejudice” negotiations for the purpose of applicable laws of evidence.
      • Termination of Mediation: If 2 months have elapsed after the start of a mediation of the Dispute and the Dispute has not been resolved, either Party may ask the mediator to terminate the mediation and the mediator must do so.
  2. 10.  Venue and Jurisdictio

WiseGardening is intended to be viewed and used by residents of Australia for products manufactured or distributed in Australia.  In the event of any dispute arising out of or in relation to WiseGardening, you agree that the exclusive venue for resolving any dispute shall be in the courts of Victoria, Australia.

11.  Governing Law

The Terms are governed by the laws of Victoria, Australia.  Any dispute, controversy, proceeding or claim of whatever nature arising out of or in any way relating to the Terms and the rights created hereby shall be governed, interpreted and construed by, under and pursuant to the laws of Victoria, Australia, without reference to conflict of law principles, notwithstanding mandatory rules.  The validity of this governing law clause is not contested.  The Terms shall be binding to the benefit of the parties hereto and their successors and assigns.

12. Severance

If any part of these Terms is found to be void or unenforceable by a Court of competent jurisdiction, that part shall be severed and the rest of the Terms shall remain in force.