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Agency Agreement Queensland

Agency Agreement Queensland: A Comprehensive Guide

An agency agreement is a contract between two parties, the agent and the principal, whereby the agent agrees to act on behalf of the principal in matters related to the principal`s business. The principal may be an individual, a company, or an organization. The agent may be an individual, a company, or an organization as well.

In Queensland, an agency agreement is governed by the Commercial Agents and Private Inquiry Agents Act 2004 (CAPIA Act) and the Commercial Agents Regulations 1998. The CAPIA Act defines the term “commercial agent” as any person who is engaged to represent another person in the conduct of that other person`s business. The CAPIA Act also sets out the requirements for entering into an agency agreement in Queensland.

Here are the main things you need to know about agency agreements in Queensland:

1. Types of Agency Agreements: There are several types of agency agreements, including exclusive agency agreements, non-exclusive agency agreements, and sole agency agreements. An exclusive agency agreement means that the agent has exclusive rights to represent the principal in a particular region or market. A non-exclusive agency agreement means that the principal is free to appoint other agents to represent them in the same region or market. A sole agency agreement is a hybrid of exclusive and non-exclusive agency agreements, where the principal agrees not to appoint any other agents in the same region or market, but reserves the right to sell directly.

2. Essential Terms of an Agency Agreement: An agency agreement must contain certain essential terms, including details of the parties, the scope of the agency, the duration of the agreement, commission rates, payment terms, termination provisions, and confidentiality clauses.

3. Disclosure Requirements: Before entering into an agency agreement, the principal must disclose certain information to the agent, including details of the products or services to be sold, any exclusivity arrangements, the agent`s commission rates, and any limitations on the agent`s authority. Failure to provide this information can result in the agreement being voidable.

4. Termination of an Agency Agreement: An agency agreement may be terminated by either party on notice, or by mutual agreement. However, the CAPIA Act also provides for a right to compensation to agents in certain circumstances, such as where the principal terminates the agreement without notice and without cause.

5. Disputes and Enforcement: In the event of a dispute between the agent and principal, the CAPIA Act provides for the resolution of disputes through the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). The Act also provides for penalties for breach of the Act or Regulations, including fines and imprisonment.


Entering into an agency agreement can be a good way to expand your business or to represent another party`s business. However, it is important to ensure that the agreement complies with the requirements of the CAPIA Act and that all essential terms are clearly defined. If you are considering entering into an agency agreement in Queensland, it is advisable to seek the advice of a legal professional experienced in this area.