e-Sign with Lawpath

Distribution Agreement

A Distribution Agreement is a contract that sets out the terms and conditions of the distribution arrangement between a manufacturer or supplier of a product and an Australian or overseas distributor that wants to purchase the supplier’s goods to sell.


4.9 (21 reviews)


Under 10 minutes


Suitable for Australia

Get 1st document free

Document Overview

This is a useful tool that identifies each party’s rights and obligations under the agreement with the option of giving exclusive or non-exclusive rights to the distributor.

Important considerations

Since the agreement may involve dealings with international markets, the document should be customised to incorporate the requirements of each party with the awareness that there is no uniform regulations or law around the world.

This document should only be used for the appointment of a distributor, as it excludes the creation of agency or partnership relationships. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the difference between distribution and agency. 

Difference between distribution and agency

Agency involves a person called ‘agent’, who usually acts as a representative of the supplied goods. Agents do not take ownership of your goods and are generally paid a commission based on the sales generated. Therefore, the supplier as the principal has more control over the way the agents operate, for example settling on the sale price.

Distribution, on the other hand, involves a ‘distributor’, who buys the products and resells them in their own right for their own profit.

Use this Distribution Agreement document if:

  • You are a manufacturer or supplier that wants to export products by way of distributorship appointment

  • You are a manufacturer or supplier that wants to develop a distribution network.

  • You are a distributor who wants to purchase overseas product to sell in your country

What does this Distribution Agreement document cover?

  • Interpretation

  • Grant exclusive rights

  • Period

  • Placing of orders: prices

  • Passing of property and tie for payment

  • Place of and currency for payment

  • Duties of distributors

  • Duties of company

  • Rights of company

  • Return of company property and disposal of stocks

  • Cancellation of agreement

  • Non-disclosure of company affairs

  • Employment of agents

  • Liability for acts of distributors

  • Acts of associates

  • No partnership or agency created

  • Arbitration

  • Application of law

  • Authentic text

  • Cancellations of previous agreements

  • Implied terms

  • Service of notices

Further Information:

It's never been so easy


Sign-up to a free Lawpath account

Get started and we’ll take care of you. It’s that easy.


Collaborate with e-Sign and Sharing

Having access to your legal documents has never been easier. You can request e-signature, share the document and download for an efficient collaboration.

Create unlimited legal documents and eSignatures for only $39/month.

Upgrade to a Lawpath legal plan to boost your new business.

View plans & pricing

Here's what people say about Lawpath’s Distribution Agreement

Reviews are managed by BazaarVoice and comply with the BazaarVoice Authenticity Policy. Reviews are independently verified by BazaarVoice and detail our customers' real experiences.

Looking for more documents?

Browse all legal documents