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There is no legislative prohibition on charging for a quote (except in Victoria – refer to the below notation). If you intend on charging a client for a quote then it is imperative that the client is made aware of the cost of providing that quote prior to the work being performed. As always, it is best that the appropriate details are evidenced in writing and signed by the client.
HIA provides a Preliminary Service Agreement (PSA) that may be used to cover work prior to signing a final contract. This contract is unique to each region due to different state consumer protection laws, but in general the PSA:
The PSA cannot be used as a contract for the performance of ‘building work’.
Note that in Victoria, a preliminary agreement cannot be used if the preliminary works, such as plans and designs, are valued at $5000 or more.
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