Graphic Design Contract

$129.00 inc. GST

  • Avoid late payments and scope creep
  • Suitable for all Australian states and territories
  • Peace of mind that your graphic design business is legally protected
  • Drafted in plain English by Australian lawyers
  • Complete our Graphic Design Contract template in under 10 minutes
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What is a Graphic Design Contract?

A Graphic Design Contract is your MOST important legal document. If you only have one contract in your graphic design business, this is it!

A Graphic Design Contract sets out the legal agreement between a freelance graphic designer and their clients.

It covers all of the important terms of your client engagement, including services, payment terms, cancellation policy and intellectual property rights. It also includes important legal clauses for liability, dispute resolution and termination.

Your contract should be tailored to each specific client. A well-written agreement will not only provide you with legal protection; it will also help manage your client’s expectations.


Who can use this Graphic Design Contract template?

  • Graphic designers
  • Designers
  • Freelancers
  • Suitable for all Australian states and territories


Do I need a contract?

Yes, absolutely! A contract protects both you and your clients.

You should always have a contract signed before starting a new graphic design job for a client.

Putting things in writing protects both parties and gives certainty.

Contracts are about more than wrapping your clients up in red tape and telling them what they can’t do. Think of your contract as relationship insurance: it does all the hard, boring work of keeping the relationship on rails so that you can focus on the fun part – the actual designing.


What does this Graphic Design Contract template include?

Our template covers everything you need:

  • Services – description of your services
  • Client Responsibilities – what you need the client to do
  • Changes to Scope – how you deal with change requests and out of scope work
  • Fees – what you charge for your work
  • Expenses – any extra charges for costs like image purchases, fonts, printing etc
  • Payment Terms – critical, how you will get paid! Includes deposit and overdue amounts
  • Intellectual Property – this covers intellectual property rights for the works you create
  • Client’s Warranty and Indemnity – an important legal clause
  • Confidentiality – both parties agree to keep confidential information private
  • Limitation of Liability – to protect you against claims for losses and damages
  • Termination – this explains how either party can terminate the agreement
  • Dispute Resolution – process to deal with any problems that may arise
  • General – standard contract clauses such as Assignment, Severance, Entire Agreement, Waiver and Governing Law


Other names for a Graphic Design Contract

  • Graphic Design Agreement
  • Freelance Graphic Design Agreement
  • Freelance Graphic Design Contract
  • Design Terms and Conditions
  • Service Agreement


Who owns the legal rights to the content?

The graphic designer retains all intellectual property rights to the work they create for the client until full payment is received. Once payment is received, you provide an exclusive licence to the client to use the intellectual property for the purposes set out in the quote. We have worded this to provide extra protection for the graphic designer’s rights.

If you want to change this, so you assign Intellectual Property Rights over to the client once they have completed payment, it’s up to you.


How many revisions does the contract include?

Our template allows you to select the number of concepts you will provide to clients for review and selection (e.g. for a logo). You can also choose the number of revisions you will include for original draft work.

Any deliverables or revisions above and beyond these inclusions are outside scope, so you can charge additional fees (subject to agreement with the client).


Is this Graphic Design Contract template legally binding?


All of our templates have been drafted by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practicing certificate.

We are affiliated with a commercial law firm based in Sydney.

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Do I get to choose my own deposit amount and payment terms?

Yes, you do!

You can specify a deposit amount as a dollar figure or a percentage of the total estimated fees.

You can also choose your own payment terms to help speed up clients’ payments (e.g. 7 days).


Why should I invest in a quality Graphic Design Contract template?

You’ve spent countless hours dedicated to learning how to attract the right clients.

Your heavy financial investments in your own personal growth are slowly but surely paying off.

You’re not going to let all that go to waste with a crappy contract, are you?

The booking process is the most fragile part of the selling process. Don’t let your future clients slip away with a shady contract pieced together like Frankenstein.

Your clients will know you take your business seriously with our rock-solid contract template. You’ll stand out from your competition, but best of all, your clients will trust you right from the start.


I have an Apple Mac – can I still use this template?

Yes, but we recommend you have Microsoft Word installed on your Mac.

Our documents contain smart fields which use a Microsoft Word feature called content controls. They help save time updating the template but may not display correctly in Pages or Google Docs.

If you need a version of your template without the content controls, this is available for immediate download once you complete your purchase (you can download both versions).


All of our templates come in Word format (docx). We recommend that you use Microsoft Word on a desktop to fill in the template.

Yes, all of our templates have been drafted by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practicing certificate.

Yes, the template is suitable for all Australian states and territories.

What do I have to do after I download the template?

The template includes instructions on how to use it, as well as helpful comments along the way to guide you. Don’t just take our word for it, read what other customers have said about our products here.

Estimated time to complete the template in Microsoft Word is around 5-10 minutes. We have designed our templates to be very user-friendly.

How often are the templates updated?

We frequently update our template library and provide minor updates to wording and formatting in our documents.

If the law changes, we’ll email you with the changes and updates to add to your existing templates. You have lifetime access, so any updates are provided free of charge.


We offer a 14 day moneyback guarantee on all purchases.

We want to make sure you are 100% happy!

We have worked hard to provide quality legal documents for Australian small businesses.

We’re confident you will LOVE our products – but we offer this extra guarantee so you don’t have to worry.

Our no-hassle, 14-day refund policy means that if you are not satisfied, for any reason, we’ll work with you to make sure you’re happy, even if that means a full refund.

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Fantastic template

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Thanks, the template was really easy to complete. I'm glad I now have a proper contract for my design business!