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Sometimes problems occur with a landscaping project. This may be the result of poor communication, poor workmanship or issues beyond our control.

Nevertheless, whilst an association cannot guarantee our Members individually, we do endeavour to assist the client and our Members to reach a resolution that satisfies all parties. TLA encourages all of its Members to listen to their clients’ concerns and work to address them. If you are a client of a TLA Member and this is not working, our advice is to follow these steps:

  1. Talk to the landscaper – If your relationship is still amicable this is the easiest, fastest and usually the most cost-efficient way to resolve the issue.
  2. If the relationship has soured and you are unable to resolve the dispute directly with your landscape contractor you can contact us by completing the ‘Complaints and Mediation Form’ below. This is a service free of charge to TLA Members and their clients. Please be aware that our Complaints and Mediation Officers are industry experts, trained, qualified and highly experienced, but they are not registered mediators. They are able to assess the quality of workmanship and offer expert opinion only. 
  3. If the matter is appropriate for TLA involvement and all parties are willing to participate, our Complaints and Mediation Officer will investigate and, where necessary, begin a mediation process. Note that TLA is only able to offer expert opinion on workmanship and defects, we are not a legal institution. Disputes arising around issues of payment, intellectual property or other legal matters will need to be handled by standard legal channels.
  4. If the dispute still cannot be resolved and a legal course of action is required then the NSW Office of Fair Trading may be a good resource to get started with this. To contact NSW Fair Trading, visit their website at


We also encourage you to complete our ‘Complaints and Mediation Form’. We keep a database of all complaints. It is important for the integrity of all our Members and the industry generally to know and censure operators who consistently attract complaints. 


The Mediation Process

TLA Members and consumers can access the TLA’s free initial dispute resolution service if a dispute occurs with a consumer, designer or contractor over a building issue. This service is available across NSW and ACT Members. As with Fair Trading complaints, TLA responds to building complaints only, where the trader and/or consumer have indicated possible defective workmanship or materials. Where a trader and consumer are unable to resolve their dispute, TLA will attempt to mediate an outcome that is suitable to all parties concerned.

TLA realises that there is a greater chance of successfully resolving a dispute where there is early intervention and can utilise industry experts who are trade qualified and highly experienced.

If a TLA Member is in dispute with a consumer or owner-builder and wishes to access this service, they should complete the ‘Complaints and Mediation; Form.

In response to the complaint the TLA will contact both parties to clarify the nature of the dispute and to seek agreement, from both parties, to participate in this intervention.

In order for the TLA to proceed, both parties must be willing to participate in this process. Depending on the nature of the matter, the possible outcomes could be:

  • That the matter may be resolved at the outset with a TLA representative contacting both the TLA Member and consumer to undertake phone intervention regarding the issues raised;
  • If the matter involves defective and/or incomplete work, it will be referred for a possible on-site mediation with a TLA representative. If it is determined that there is defective or incomplete work, the TLA representative will discuss the best possible outcome.
  • If the dispute is solely in relation to the payment of outstanding monies or a progress payment, Members will be advised to lodge a claim with the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).


Disclaimer:  All claims, disputes, and controversies arising out of, or in relation to, the performance, interpretation, application, or enforcement of TLA Members, the TLA shall refer the disputing parties to a to an optional preliminary disputes and resolutions mediation service conducted on behalf of the TLA before, and as a condition precedent to, the initiation of any litigation action. It is a condition of using the TLA service that if, during the mediation, a party (“offering party”) makes an offer of compromise to another party which is not accepted by the said party (“refusing party”) the TLA has no liability or responsibility to the outcome of the dispute.


Terms and Condition

These Terms and Conditions must be read in conjunction with TLA’s Privacy and Copyright Policy Statements.

Descriptions of contracts contained on this website are a guide only and do not outline a specific fitness for purpose. The Landscape Association gives no representation or warranty about suitability of a particular contract for a specific function.

The Landscape Association does not accept responsibility for loss or damage suffered by any person or body relying directly or indirectly on any information contained within the pro forma contracts or the LNA Master Landscapers Rates Guide Schedule of Rates for Landscape Works. All contracts and Guides are purchased at the risk of those making the purchase.

TLA does not have access to the customer’s credit card number which is encrypted for security purposes. The credit card will be debited at the time of processing the payment. A tax invoice/receipt will be automatically generated and emailed to the customer.

Orders are ordinarily dispatched by Australia Post, Express Post, within seven working days. Five days should be allowed for delivery. This timeframe is indicative only. Every reasonable effort will be made to notify the customer if a delay is expected.

Provided an order has not been dispatched, it may be cancelled in full or part by calling The Landscape Association on (02) 9630 4844. Returns are not accepted by The Landscape Association unless the customer has received an unordered or faulty item, or unless otherwise required under Australian legislation.

The Landscape Association reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time.

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