Understanding Construction Contracts

Engineering context

A construction project of any significance involves contracts. An understanding of how to draft, manage and understand such legal documents can be the difference between a project's success or failure - certainly from your organisation’s perspective.

This one-day workshop will refer to standard form contracts and deal with some common problems that occur during construction projects whilst revealing how best to deal with them.

At the conclusion of the workshop you’ll be able to define various aspects of contract management; identify the process for dealing with breaches of contract and when rights for termination can be exercised, demonstrate confidence when managing disputes, variations and claims in general, as well as recognise how to manage and approve payment claims.

Build your Chartered competencies

This training course builds skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

1. Deal with ethical issues
6. Identify, assess and manage risks
7. Meet legal and regulatory requirements

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee a competency, it provides participants with the underpinning knowledge required to develop specific Chartered competencies.

Understanding Construction Contracts
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$ 1,050.00 - Non-member
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We can bring this workshop to you and even customise the content so that it’s applicable specifically to your work group and industry context.

Find out more about how we can help you and your team with your construction contract knowledge by filling out an enquiry form or calling +61 3 9321 1700.

Is this course for you?

This workshop is suited to engineering professionals with five or more years of experience.

You might be part of a construction project team, new to managing construction projects or an experienced professional wanting to review and improve the way you manage construction contracts.

This workshop will be particularly useful to engineers, project managers, entry level contract managers, superintendents, procurement officers and site clerks.

Your facilitator for this course

Margaret Andre is a lawyer who specialises in contract law having advised and represented a wide range of parties on their rights, obligations and risk exposure under a contract.  She has particular expertise in the building and construction sector and experience in dispute resolution of contract claim by way of mediation, adjudication, arbitration and court processes.

Margaret has extensive experience as an educator and endeavours to create an enthusiastic, collaborative learning environment by scaffolding on the skills and experience of course participants.


Sean McCarthy worked in building and construction for 20 years as a builder and project manager, prior to studying law. Sean runs his own legal practice McCarthy Commercial and Construction Lawyers specialising in front end contract advice and dispute resolution.

As a lawyer, Sean has advised both government and private sector clients on a host of major projects and contract claims. He is an active educator on construction matters.

Sean, as both a qualified training professional and experienced lawyer, brings an enthusiastic and participative approach to the courses he facilitates.  

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