Construction law is an important area of legal specialisation concerned with building and infrastructure projects. This unit introduces the Australian legal system, provides an overview of common law and statutory framework governing the construction industry and explains the liabilities and responsibilities of key parties in construction contracts. Project delivery methods and risk mitigation, dispute avoidance, management and resolution are also covered.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Locate and review relevant legal information in Australian databases;  
  2. Apply contract practices, procurement procedures and standard forms of contracts for building and infrastructure projects;  
  3. Critically analyse the relationships, liabilities and responsibilities of key parties in construction contracts;  
  4. Assess legal risks related to construction processes, and devise associated risk mitigation measures; and  
  5. Critically evaluate different types of dispute avoidance, management and resolution mechanisms.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Individual Assignment 20%
Case Study Group Reports (2) 60%
Presentation Group Presentation 20%

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