This unit provides students with an understanding of the Australian legal system, the regulatory framework surrounding the construction industry, and the key principles of the law of contract.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the Australian legal system for construction industry;  
  2. Demonstrate a workable knowledge of the key statutes regulating the construction industry;  
  3. Establish a feasible knowledge of the fundamental principles of contract law in construction industry;  
  4. A thorough understanding of the contents of the contract like offer and acceptance and T&C (Terms and Conditions), standard forms of building contracts, responsibilities of employer, contractor and superintendent in construction contracts;  
  5. Critically appraise and advise on, from a legal standpoint, case scenarios relevant to statutory and contract law for construction projects.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two In-class tests (1000 words equivalent) 30%
Assignment Individual assignment (1000 words equivalent) 30%
Examination Exam (2hrs exam) 40%

Required reading

No required text. Recommended readings are as below

Understanding Construction Law 1st edition
Coggins J, Davie T, Earls T, Evans P 2016
LexisNexis Butterworths.

Construction Law in Australia 3rd edition
Bailey I, and Bell M (2011)
Thomson Reuters, Pyrmont, NSW.

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