In a consulting contract is a section on "Restraint of Trade."
I've included the entire section for reference but the parts I don't understand are in bold.
12 RESTRAINT OF TRADE
12.1 COMPANY_NAME has built a solid reputation for the quality of service and reliability of supply for information technology professional services. Accordingly, you acknowledges that it is fair and reasonable to enter the following covenants to protect the goodwill of COMPANY_NAME.
12.2 You must not, in any capacity (including as Consultant, independent contractor, consultant, principal, agent, director, joint venture, partner, trustee, beneficiary), directly or indirectly:
12.2.1 During the Restraint Period and in the Restraint Area, for any reason, perform work for, or provide services to, or attempt to solicit the business of the Client or any person or entity who was a client of COMPANY_NAME, or any of its related entities, and with whom you had direct dealings in the last 12 months of your employment with COMPANY_NAME. Reference to “client” in this clause, as it relates to federal and state governments, will be limited to actual departments or divisions of governments who were customers of COMPANY_NAME in the last 12 months of your employment with COMPANY_NAME.
12.2.2 During the Restraint Period, encourage or attempt to solicit any Consultant, employee or independent contractor who provides, or provided, services to COMPANY_NAME, and related entities, and with whom you had direct dealings in the last 12 months of your employment with COMPANY_NAME, to cease being employed by COMPANY_NAME.
12.3 For the purposes of clause 12.2, the Restraint Period is each of the following periods after termination of your employment with COMPANY_NAME:
12.3.1 12 months;
12.3.2 6 months;
12.3.3 3 months.
12.4 For the purposes of clause 12.2, the Restraint Area is each of the following areas:
12.4.1 Within the State of the premises at which you were primarily employed;
12.4.2 Within 50 kilometres of the premises at which you were primarily employed; and
12.4.3 Within 15 kilometres of the premises at which you were primarily employed.
12.5 Each of these separate provisions operates concurrently and independently.
12.6 If any separate provision referred to in this clause is unenforceable, illegal or void, that provision is severed and the other provisions remain in force.
12.7 If any separate provision in this clause is unenforceable, illegal or void in a jurisdiction but not in another jurisdiction, then that provision is severed only in respect of the operation of this Agreement in the jurisdiction where it is unenforceable, illegal or void.
My understanding is obviously they don't want me being poached by the client but the time and distance factors are unclear. Does this mean I can't even work in the same city as the client for up to 12 months? 12.6 and 12.7 almost looks as if they're just fishing to see if any of these are invalid then the next one down will apply. How should I interpret this?
The country is Australia.