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Housekeeping Service Agreement

THIS AGREEMENT is made on the date that the Annexure is received by the Customer.

– and –
The Customer
(collectively the “Parties”).


  • A. Souseikai International (“SSKI”) operates a housekeeping service (“Service”) and an online website through which Customers can book for the Housekeeping Services.
  • B. Housekeeping services are provided by the employees (“Employee”) of SSKI.
  • C. Customers enter into contractual relationships with SSKI, the contract between the Customer and SSKI for the provision of the Services (“Agreement”).
  • D. The Customer agrees to receive the Services in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.


1. Definitions and Interpretation


In the interpretation of this Agreement the following words shall have the following meanings unless the contrary intention is indicated:

  • “Address” means the address where the Booked Services are to be carried out as identified in the Annexure;
  • “Agreement” means this agreement together with any schedules or annexures hereto, which may be amended from time to time in writing, as agreed to by the Parties;
  • “Annexure” means the email received by the Customer confirming SSKI or the email received by SSKI confirming its acceptance of the Booking acting as an annexure to this Agreement;
  • “Booked Services” means the Services to be undertaken by SSKI as defined in the Annexure;
  • “Duration” means the amount of hours that the Customer has booked the services of SSKI as identified in the Annexure;
  • “Booking” means the reservation made on the email received by SSKI for the Services to be carried out at the Scheduled Time and Address for the Duration;
  • “Claim” shall mean any and all present and future claims, actions, demands and rights howsoever arising out of, or in connection with the Services, including any claim for damages, complaint, action, suit, cause of action or proceedings, arbitration, debt due, cost and expense (including legal cost and expense), demand, verdict or judgment arising out of any provisions under statute, award, order or determination whether or not known at the date of this Agreement;
  • “Fee” means the fee (inclusive of goods and service tax, if applicable) for the Services charged on an hourly basis, as advised by SSKI from time to time;
  • “Cleaning Products and Equipment” means the cleaning products and equipment required to effectively provide the Services;
  • “Services” means the standard services to be provided to the Customer by SSKI in accordance with this Agreement;
  • “Customer” means the person or entity named as such in the Annexure;
  • “Dollar” or “$” means Australian Dollars;
  • “Payment Amount” means the amount payable by the Customer for the provision of Services by SSKI as identified in the Annexure;
  • “Scheduled Time” means the time and date the Services are to be undertaken by SSKI as identified in the Annexure;
  • “Website” means


In this Agreement, unless the context otherwise requires:-

  • (a) headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation of this Agreement;
  • (b) words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa;
  • (c) words importing a gender include any gender;
  • (d) an expression importing a natural person includes any entity, partnership, joint venture, association, corporation and any Governmental Agency;
  • (e) a reference to a ‘Party’, ‘Plaintiff’ and/or ‘Defendant’ collectively refers to the respective entity and, without limitation, its directors, officers, members, employees and agents;
  • (f) a reference to anything (including, but not limited to, any right) includes a part of that thing;
  • (g) a reference to a part, clause, party, annexure, exhibit or schedule is a reference to a part and clause of, and a party, annexure, exhibit and schedule to, this Agreement and a reference to this Agreement includes any annexure, exhibit or schedule;
  • (h) a reference to a statute, regulation, proclamation, ordinance or by-law includes all statutes, regulations, proclamations, ordinances or by-laws amending, consolidating or replacing it, and a reference to a statute includes all regulations, proclamations, ordinances and by-laws issued under that statute.
  • (i) a reference to a document includes all amendments or supplements to, or replacements or notations of, that document;
  • (j) no provision of this Agreement will be construed adversely to a party solely on the ground that the party was responsible for the preparation of this Agreement or that provision;
  • (k) a covenant of Agreement on the part of two or more persons binds them jointly and severally.

2. Booking


The Customer has made a Booking and agreed to pay the Payment Amount to SSKI. No cash payments are to be made, and any cash provided to the Employee is considered a tip.


SSKI confirms that they are able to comply with the Booking, including the provision of Services at the Scheduled Time and Address for the Duration.

3. Business’ Obligations


In providing the Services to the Customer, SSKI shall:

  • (a) undertake the Services with acceptable care and skill;
  • (b) take all necessary steps to avoid any loss and/or damage to the Customer’s property;
  • (c) deliver the Services in a manner, to the greatest extent possible, which gives the desired results as agreed by the Parties;
  • (d) utilise the Duration effectively and efficiently in providing the Services; and
  • (e) deliver the Services in accordance with the Booked Services.


The Services will be deemed to have been performed and accepted in accordance with this Agreement, if the

Customer does not, as soon as practicable, but no later than 24 hours after the completion of the Services, advise SSKI that the Services were not performed to an acceptable standard. Failure to make contact within 24 hours means SSKI is unable to assist with a resolution.


If the Employsee has performed the Services unsatisfactorily, SSKI and the Customer agree to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement on the reduced time or payment. The Customer must provide photos of the unsatisfactory areas to SSKI within 24 hours.


If for any reason, the Employee leaves the Address prior to the scheduled end of the Duration, the Employee must notify SSKI as soon as practicable. If the customer allows the Employee or requests that the Employee leave before the end of the booked time the Customer will pay for the booked duration with no time reductions.


If the Employee does not complete the Services within the Duration, it must notify SSKI immediately that the Services were not completed and the reason for non-completion. SSKI, acting reasonably, will determine whether the Booking should be extended, or a new Booking should be made. If the Parties cannot agree, the Employee should leave the Address at the scheduled end of the Duration.


Statutory entitlements of the Customer against SSKI over and above the right to a resupply of the Services remain unaffected.

4. Customer’s Obligations


The Customer shall do all things necessary to enable the Employee to efficiently perform the Services in accordance with the Booking.


The Customer shall provide the Cleaning Products and Equipment


The Customer shall do all things necessary to provide a safe workplace for the Employee.


The Customer acknowledges that if more than one person provides the Services under the Booking, the Duration will be divided by the number of persons providing the Services. For example, if the Duration of a Booking is two (2) hours and SSKI provides a team of two (2) persons to provide the Cleaning Services under the Booking, the Duration will be divided by the number of persons in the team providing the Cleaning Services (so in this example, the Duration will be reduced from 2 hours to 1 hour).


The Customer should notify SSKI of any damage caused by the Employee to the Customer’s property as soon as practicable, but no later than 24 hours after the completion of the Services.

5. Payment


The Customer agrees that upon the successful completion of the Services, SSKI will issue the Customer with an invoice and the payement will be made within 7 days of the Invoice issue date


If Customer payments to SSKI are processed via a credit card an additional surcharge of 3% applies

6. Changes and Cancellations


The Customer can cancel or amend a Booking, free of charge, up to 24 hours before the Scheduled Time.


If the Customer cancels or amends a Booking within 24 hours before the Service is scheduled to begin, they will have to pay cancellation costs equivalent to half of the Service Fee.


The Booking cannot be amended, extended or cancelled during the performance of the Services, unless a determination has been made pursuant to clause 3.5.


The Customer acknowledges and agrees that if the Employee is unable for any reason to perform the Services, the Services may be performed by another Employee pursuant to the Terms and Conditions.


Any fortnightly or other recurring booking cancelled after the first service will be retroactively charged the one-time service rate and any reduced rates charged on the basis of the recurring booking will not apply.

7. Refunds


Should the Customer be entitled to a refund as a result of a breach of this Agreement by SSKI, the refund will be limited to the Payment Amount.

8. Termination


A Party can immediately terminate this Agreement, if the other Party breaches any material term of this Agreement.


This Agreement shall terminate immediately once both Parties have fulfilled their obligations under this Agreement.

9. Force Majeure


If, by reason of any event of Force Majeure which was outside the control of a Party resulting in the delay in, or prevention from, performing any of the provisions of this Agreement:

  • (a) then such delay of performance shall not be deemed to be a breach of this Agreement;
  • (b) no loss or damage shall be claimed by a Party from the other by reason thereof; and
  • (c) the Parties shall use their best endeavours to minimise and reduce any period of suspension occasioned by any event of Force Majeure.


An event of Force Majeure shall mean and include fire, flood, casualty, lock out, strike, labour condition or industrial action of any kind, unavoidable accident, national calamity or riot, disease, act of God, the enactment of any act of Parliament or the act of any legally constituted authority, any cause or event arising out of or attributable to war or any other cause or event (whether of a similar or dissimilar nature), outside the control of the Parties.

10. Assignment


Neither Party shall be entitled to assign and/or transfer their respective rights and/or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other Party.

11. Dispute Resolution


Neither Party shall start arbitration or court proceedings (except proceedings seeking interlocutory relief) in respect of a dispute arising out of this Agreement (“Dispute”) unless it has complied with this clause.


A Party claiming that a Dispute has arisen must give notice to the other party to this Agreement specifying the nature of the Dispute (“Dispute Notice”).


During the fourteen (14) day period after a Dispute Notice is served (or any longer period agreed in writing by the Parties), each Party must use its best efforts to resolve the Dispute.


If the Dispute is not resolved following the expiration of the fourteen-day period pursuant to clause 12.3, the Parties must endeavour to jointly engage a Mediator and endeavour to agree on the Mediator’s terms of engagement.


If the Parties fail to agree on the engagement of a Mediator and/or the Mediator’s terms of engagement within twenty-five (25) days of service of a Dispute Notice, either Party may apply to a local body of accredited mediators to appoint a Mediator and determine the terms of the Mediator’s engagement.


Any information or documents disclosed by either Party under this clause:

  • (a) is on a without prejudice basis;
  • (b) must be kept confidential; and
  • (c) may not be used except to attempt to resolve the Dispute.



Each Party must bear its own costs of complying with this clause, and the Parties must bear equally the costs of any mediator engaged under clauses 12.4 or 12.5.

12. General Provisions


Time is of the essence in the performance by the Parties of their obligations under this Agreement.


This Agreement must not be amended except by an instrument in writing signed by each of the Parties to this Agreement.


The Parties acknowledge that this Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement and understanding of and between the Parties and that there are no other representations, promises, warranties, covenants, undertakings, terms or conditions, whether oral or in writing, in relation to the subject matter of this Agreement of any force or effect unless contained in this Agreement.


All notices, demands and other communications between the Parties for the purposes of this Agreement shall be in writing and addressed to the Party’s address stipulated in this Agreement.


If a clause is void, illegal or unenforceable, it may be severed without affecting the enforceability of the other provisions in this Agreement.


This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts and all such counterparts when executed and taken together will constitute this Agreement.


No right under this Agreement is deemed to be waived except by notice in writing to that effect signed by each party.


No waiver by any party to this Agreement of a breach by any other party shall be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach.


This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of New South Wales and the Parties agree to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of New South Wales.