Montessori Australia Foundation Online Privacy Policy

Introduction

Montessori Australia Foundation regards customer privacy as an important part of our relationship with our customers. The following privacy policy applies to all Montessori Australia users, and conforms to Internet privacy standards.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact Montessori Australia Foundation at [email protected]

Collection of Information

In order to use the Montessori Australia Foundation website, we may require information from you in order to provide the best service possible. All correspondence may also be collected and stored, particularly in regard to sales, support and accounts, including email. Any information collected by Montessori Australia Foundation is collected via correspondence from you or your company. This may be via the telephone, email, mail, fax or directly through our website. 

Use of Collection Information

Any details collected from Montessori Australia Foundation customers is required in order to provide you with our products and/or services, and a high level of customer service. Correspondence is recorded in order to provide service references, and to assist in our staff development. 

Storage of Collected Information 

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers) on our website, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). When Credit Card details are collected, we simply pass them on in order to be processed as required. We never permanently store complete Credit Card details.  We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it.

If you have any questions about security on our website, you can contact us at [email protected]

Access to Collected Information

If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, delete or deactivate it by emailing us at [email protected].

Orders

If you purchase an event, product or service from us, we may request certain personally identifiable information from you. You may be required to provide contact information (such as name, email, and postal address) and financial information (such as credit card number, expiration date). 

We use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you. 

Communications

Montessori Australia Foundation uses personally identifiable information for essential communications, such as emails, accounts information, and critical service details. We may also use this information for other purposes, including some promotional emails. If at any time a customer wishes not to receive such correspondence, they can request to be removed from any mailing lists by emailing us here. 

You will be notified when your personal information is collected by any third party that is not our agent/service provider, so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with that party. 

Third Parties

Montessori Australia Foundation may at its discretion use other third parties to provide essential services on our site or for our business processes. We may share your details as necessary for the third party to provide that service. 

These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose. 

Montessori Australia Foundation does not share any information with third parties for any unknown or unrelated uses. 

Legal

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our website. 

Links

Links on the Montessori Australia Foundation site to external entities are not covered within this policy. The terms and conditions set out in this privacy statement only cover the domain names of montessoriaustralia.org.au and montessori.org.au.

Changes to Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our homepage. 

Montessori Australia Foundation Security Policy

Montessori Australia Foundation uses the eWAY Payment Gateway for its online credit card transactions. 

eWAY processes online credit card transactions for thousands of Australian merchants, providing a safe and secure means of collecting payments via the Internet. 

All online credit card transactions performed on this site using the eWAY gateway are secured payments. 

Payments are fully automated with an immediate response. 

Your complete credit card number cannot be viewed by Montessori Australia Foundation or any outside party. 

All transactions are performed under 128 Bit SSL Certificate. 

All transaction data is encrypted for storage within eWAY’s bank-grade data centre, further protecting your credit card data. 

eWAY is an authorised third party processor for all the major Australian banks. 

eWAY at no time touches your funds; all monies are directly transferred from your credit card to the merchant account held by MONTESSORI AUSTRALIA. 

For more information about eWAY and online credit card payments, please visit  www.eWAY.com.au 

 

Online Store Sales Terms & Conditions

In these Sale Terms & Conditions (Sale Terms), "we" or "us" means The Montessori Australia Foundation trading as Montessori Australia (ABN 46 104 887 309), its successors and assignees. "You" means the person, organisation or entity that purchases products or related services from us. The Sale Terms apply to all sales made by us to consumers through our website available at www.montessori.com (Site).

These Sale Terms form the agreement under which we will supply products and services to you. Please read the Sale Terms carefully. Please contact us if you have any questions, before you purchase products or related services from us. You can contact us at [email protected]

Your purchase from us indicates that you have had sufficient opportunity to access the Sale Terms and contact us, that you have read, accepted and will comply with the Sale Terms, and that you are eighteen (18) years or older. You must not order products or services from us if you are under eighteen (18) years of age. If you do not agree to the Sale Terms, do not purchase from us.

Our Terms of Use set out terms and conditions for using our Site. Our Privacy Policy sets out how we collect, use and protect your personal information. These are available on our Site.

 

Registration: 

We will provide a confirmation of account registration when you register on our Site – It is your responsibility to keep your account details confidential. 

You are liable for all activity on your account, including purchases made using your account details.

 

Orders:

You may order with us as set out on the Site. We may at our discretion accept or reject an order depending on factors including availability of products and our ability to validate payment for the products.

It is your responsibility to check the order details, including product and pricing, before you complete your order on our Site.

We will provide you with an order number, containing the order ID, the shipping and billing addresses and a description of what was ordered, when you order and pay on our Site and your payment has been validated.

A binding agreement comes into existence between you and us, once we have given you an order number. No changes to the Sale Terms will be effective unless we both agree to the changes in writing.

You can cancel your order by contacting us by phone at any time prior to dispatch of the product. If the product has already been shipped, please refer to our Refunds Policy below.

For some products, there may be the option of a gift card and/or gift wrapping service. If you wish to attach a gift card or request our gift wrapping services, please follow the prompts at the checkout stage. If you select this option, you may choose which items you wish to have wrapped as well as choosing to have products wrapped individually or as part of a bundle. We will attach a gift card to your selection. Some larger sized products cannot be gift wrapped and this option will not be available where that is the case. Our gift wrap is gender neutral. A separate charge for gift wrapping services will be added at the checkout stage if you select this option.

 

Payments:

You agree to pay the purchase price specified at the checkout stage, at the time that you place your order for the purchase of a product, plus any applicable delivery and insurance charges based on the delivery options selected by you. All amounts are stated in Australian dollars. All purchase prices shown on the Site are inclusive of GST. The GST amount payable will be visible at the checkout stage. Delivery and any insurance charges will be separately shown.

You must pay for the product by credit card. Your payment will be processed upon receipt of your order. You must not pay, or attempt to pay, for an order through any fraudulent or unlawful means. If your payment is not able to be successfully processed then your order may be cancelled.

 

Availability and Cancellation:

All purchases made with us are subject to availability. We do our best to keep in stock most products that are advertised by us, and to keep our Site up to date with availability of products.

If there is a considerable delay in dispatching your order, or if for any reason, we cannot supply a product you have ordered, we will contact you using the contact details provided by you when you placed the order. You can choose a refund, store credit, or to put your order on backorder as agreed with you. If you choose a refund or store credit, any delivery costs you have paid for the product will be refunded to you. If you choose to put your order on backorder, we will contact you to arrange for delivery once the product is available.

If certain products are out of stock or discontinued, we will notify you and make suitable arrangements.

 

Delivery:

Location: We deliver Australia wide. At this stage we do not deliver to places outside of Australia. Please refer to Delivery information on our Site, to check that you are in our delivery area. If you are not in our delivery area please contact us to discuss delivery options.

Cost: We may, from time to time, offer free delivery for purchases over a certain price or for certain products as set out on the Site. If free delivery does not apply, a delivery fee will apply, as set out on the Site.

Timing: We will normally dispatch the product within two (2) Business Days of the receipt of your order, unless otherwise noted on the Site. Any delivery periods displayed on the Site are estimates only, based on the information provided by the delivery company. We will deliver the product to the place of delivery you specify when making your order.

Change: If you need to change a delivery date or the delivery address, please contact us as soon as possible to see if this is possible. If you are not available to take delivery on the agreed delivery date, you may be charged a delivery fee for each additional attempt for delivery.

Method: We may deliver the products via a range of delivery methods. If there is no one available to sign for a delivery, your product may be left at the nearest post office, or you will be notified, generally by the delivery company leaving a card with contact details so that you can arrange another delivery time and date.

Title: Title in the products will not pass to you until the later of delivery or your payment has been processed or otherwise received by us. If your payment is declined for any reason we reserve the right to reclaim the products from your possession, custody or control even if they have been delivered to you or moved from the delivery address. We reserve the right to keep or sell the products. Risk of loss, damage or deterioration to any products will pass to you on delivery.

 

Discount Codes and Promotions:

We may from time to time offer promotional discount codes, which may be applicable to goods on the Site, and must be entered at the time of submitting your order. The conditions of use relating to any discount code will be specified at the time that it is issued.

 

Consumer Guarantees:

Seller’s goods come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Nothing in the Sale Terms limits or excludes any guarantees, warranties, representations or conditions implied or imposed by law, including the ACL or any liability under the ACL, which by law may not be limited or excluded.

If you are a consumer as defined in the ACL, the following notice applies to you: "Our goods come with warranties and guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law (Consumer Guarantees). You are entitled to a replacement or a refund for a major failure and for compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure."

Your product may come with a manufacturer's warranty. The manufacturer's warranty is in addition to but may overlap with any rights and remedies you may have under applicable law, including any Consumer Guarantees. If you are not considered a "consumer" within the meaning of the ACL, the manufacturer's warranty may be your sole remedy. You should check the manufacturer’s warranty, as many manufacturers' warranties do not apply in a business or commercial setting. Please contact the manufacturer if you would like to make a claim under the manufacturer's warranty.

 

Returns and Refunds Policy:

If you are not happy with your purchase for any reason, you are able to return products to us within thirty (30) days from the date of purchase for a full refund, exchange or credit note of the purchase price. There will be no refund on postage costs.

You are responsible for the postage costs of returning the items to us.

We will only give you the refund, exchange or credit note once the product is received by us, or we have received the product at our warehouse and inspected it and assessed whether it is eligible for a refund, exchange or credit note.

Please allow up to ten (10) Business Days for your return and refund request to be processed.

Any refund we make will be by the same payment method used to purchase the product.

Returned items must be received in original, unopened condition and packaged such that transit damage does not occur. We will not accept for return any product that has been used, connected, installed, attempted to be connected or installed, or if your product is a sale or clearance item, custom-made, or is a special buy product, other than as required under the Australian Consumer Law.

You must adequately package any product you are returning for our collection to ensure that it is not damaged during return delivery to our warehouse.

You have a duty of care for the product while it is in your possession. If you damage products, then subsequently return the products, you may be liable to pay to repair the product to its original condition. In these circumstances, where a repair is not economically viable, no refund will be made.

 

Intellectual Property:

Intellectual Property includes but is not limited to:

  • all present and future rights to intellectual property including inventions and improvements, trade marks (whether registered or common law trade marks), patents, designs, copyright, any corresponding property rights under the laws of any jurisdiction;
  • all rights in respect of an invention, discovery, trade secret, secret process, know- how, concept, idea, information, process, data, formula or work product; and
  • all work product developed in whole or in part by Montessori Australia.
  • Montessori Australia owns all Intellectual Property rights in the products and company branding, as between us and you.

 

Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability:

While the information and material contained on the Site is believed to be accurate and current, it is provided by us in good faith on an "as is" basis, and Montessori Australia and the directors, officers and employees of Montessori Australia accept no responsibility for and make no representations or warranties to you or to any other person as to the reliability, accuracy or completeness of the information contained on the Site.

Certain legislation including the ACL, Consumer and Competition Act 2010 (Cth), similar State or Territory legislation in Australia and similar consumer protection laws and regulations in other countries may confer you with rights and remedies relating to the provision of goods or services to you by us via the Site which cannot be excluded, restricted or modified (Rights).

We exclude all implied conditions and warranties except for your Rights, to the extent permitted by law, including but not limited to:

  • we expressly disclaim any implied or express guarantees, warranties, representations or conditions of any kind, which are not stated in these Sale Terms;
  • we do not warrant that the Site or your access to the Site will be error free, that any defects will be corrected or that the Site or the server which stores and transmits material to you are free of viruses or any other harmful components;
  • we take no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the Site or the products being unavailable; and
  • we will not be liable for any loss, damage, costs including legal costs, or expense whether direct, indirect, incidental, special , consequential and/or incidental, including loss of profits, revenue, production, opportunity, access to markets, goodwill, reputation, use or any indirect, remote, abnormal or unforeseeable loss, or any loss or damage relating to business interruption, loss of programs or other data on your information systems or costs of replacement goods, or otherwise, suffered by you or claims made against you, arising out of or in connection with the Site, inability to access or use the Site, the products, the services, the late supply of products, or the Sale Terms, even if we were expressly advised of the likelihood of such loss or damage.

Our total liability arising out of or in connection with the products, the services or the Sale Terms, however arising, including under contract, tort (including negligence), in equity, under statute or otherwise, will not exceed the total price paid by you for the purchase of products under the Sale Terms.

 

Amendment: 

These Terms may be amended from time to time, without prior notice. Your purchase from us following any such amendments will be deemed to be confirmation that you accept those amendments. We recommend that you check the current Sale Terms, before purchase. Our agents, employees and third parties do not have authority to change the Sale Terms.

 

Indemnity:

You indemnify us from and against all claims, suits, demands, actions, liabilities, costs and expenses (including legal costs and expenses on a full indemnity basis) resulting from your breach of the Sale Terms.

 

General:

Accuracy: While we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations, warranties or guarantee, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability of any information, images, products, services, or related graphics contained on the Site for any particular purpose. You hereby acknowledge that such information and materials may contain mistakes, inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude any liability for such to the fullest extent permissible by law

Termination: We reserve the right to refuse supply of the products ordered by you, terminate your account, terminate our contract with you, and remove or edit content on our Site at our sole discretion, without incurring any liability to you.

Force Majeure: We will not be liable for any delay or failure to perform our obligations under the Sale Terms if such delay is due to any circumstance beyond our reasonable control. If we are delayed from performing our obligations due to such a circumstance for a period of at least 2 months, we may terminate our agreement with you by giving you notice in writing.

Notice: Any notice in connection with the Sale Terms will be deemed to have been duly given when made in writing and delivered or sent by email, facsimile or post to the party to whom such notice is intended to be given or to such other address, email address or facsimile number as may from time to time be notified in writing to the other party.

Waiver: Any failure by a party to insist upon strict performance by the other of any provision in the Sale Terms will not be taken to be a waiver of any existing or future rights in relation to the provision. No waiver by us of any of the Sale Terms shall be effective unless we expressly state it is a waiver and we communicate to you in writing.

Assignment: You must not assign any rights and obligations under the Sale Terms whether in whole or in part without our prior written consent.

Severability: If any of the Sale Terms are determined by any competent authority to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, such term, condition or provision will to that extent be severed from the remaining terms, conditions and provisions which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Jurisdiction and Applicable Law: Your use of this Site and any dispute arising out of your use of it is subject to the laws of New South Wales, Australia. These Terms will be governed by the laws of New South Wales, Australia and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the New South Wales courts. The Site may be accessed throughout Australia and overseas. Montessori Australia makes no representation that the content of the Site complies with the laws (including intellectual property laws) of any country outside Australia. If you access the Site from outside Australia, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for complying with the laws in the place where you access the Site.

Entire Agreement: These Terms and any document expressly referred to in them represent the entire agreement between you and Montessori Australia and supersede any prior agreement, understanding or arrangement between you and us, whether oral or in writing.