Contract Foundations

Engineering context

Whether you work in engineering, project management, contract administration or procurement, it is vital that you are aware of a party’s rights, responsibilities and obligations under a contract.

This introductory level course will cover the basic elements of contracting, the nature of binding promises, the Australian legal system and related law, interpretation, and the operational aspects of contracts.

Upon completion, you will have an understanding of the law and how it relates to contracts, be able to interpret contracts at a basic level, and understand how the proper management of contracts assists project delivery.

For those who have not studied law before, the course is an excellent introduction into the world of contracts. For those who have studied or been in contracts for some time, the course is an excellent refresher.

Online delivery now available

This course can be delivered online as part of our Virtual Workshop program. Adapted for the online learning environment, our Virtual Workshops are interactive and outcomes-based.

Content, duration and format can also be customised for corporate clients through our Tailored Training services.

Build your Chartered competencies

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

 7. Meet legal and regulatory requirements
 8. Communication
10. Taking Action

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.

Contract Foundations


"Good facilitator with good presentation skills to engage the room" - participant, 2019

"Course content included very new and interesting case studies that referenced the learnings" - Jayah

"Discussion of the case studies and experiences of group was most valuable" - participant, 2019

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$ 799.00 - Non-member
$ 679.15 - EA member
For postal registrations, please download the pdf version of our registration form here.
If you are unable to attend the above dates, please contact to discuss upcoming dates.

We can deliver this course online in a number of different formats 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 by filling out an enquiry form or calling +61 3 9321 1700.

Is this course for you?

Ideal for engineers and related professionals with 0 - 3 years work experience. This workshop is also valuable for contract administrators, contract managers, finance offers, designers or principals involved in drafting or delivering projects under a contract.

Justify your training and development with your employer

Download the Justification Letter Template to assist with your business case to attend this training course.

Virtual Workshop delivery platform - Zoom

These sessions are run through Zoom. We suggest that you download the Zoom Desktop Client to ensure you can fully participate in the Virtual Workshop.

If you attend the Virtual Workshop through the Zoom web browser or via a phone or tablet device you may not be able to participate in the interactive elements such as break out rooms or answering polling questions.

Please read through the following information on Zoom to ensure you are prepared for the webinar:

Your facilitator for this course

Sean McCarthy is the Director of McCarthy Commercial and Construction Lawyers and has extensive experience in providing advice on construction and general contracts. As a lawyer, Sean has advised both government and private sector clients on a host of major projects and contract claims. He worked in the building and construction industry for many years prior to studying law. Sean 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.

Margaret Andre is a Senior Lawyer with McCarthy Commercial and Construction Lawyers 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 and Margaret are involved on a daily basis in advising clients in the construction sector on management of their contracts to optimise delivery outcomes.

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