Short Courses

Managing Construction Contracts

Learn how to draft, interpret and manage contracts to ensure a construction project's success.

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Learn how to draft, interpret and manage contracts to ensure a construction project's success.

As almost all construction projects involve contracts, poor contract management can cause significant problems.

This course introduces you to the specific characteristics of construction contracts. You'll learn about the complexities of managing risk, changes, and multiple stakeholders in a multi-tiered, long-term project.

Led by experienced legal professionals, this course shows you how to deal with typical issues arising under construction contracts, including:

  • change
  • scope creep
  • variations
  • delays
  • site conditions
  • non-performance
  • claims and dispute management.

The course also covers the Australian Standards for contracts (AS2124 and AS4000), with reference to recent case law interpretations of provisions or clauses.

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • confidently read and interpret common construction contracts
  • deal with typical issues
  • know when and how to apply claims and clauses
  • understand how to comply with Australian law.
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2 x 3.5 Hours
Location & dates

21 July - 22 July


1 September - 2 September


17 November - 18 November

Additional Information

This workshop will run on the following dates:

21 - 22 July 2022, 9:00am - 12:30pm AEST

1 - 2 September 2022, 9:00am - 12:30pm AEST

17 - 18 November 2022, 9:00am - 12:30pm AEDT


RSVP reminders

Registration closes three business days before each workshop.

EA members

EA members get 15% off on selected workshops and training. Not a member? Sign up now

Any questions?

1 Day
Additional Information

Please register at least two weeks before the scheduled course start date.

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by clicking on the button below to request a quote or calling us directly on +61 3 9321 1700.

Face to Face
Online - Live
Online - On Demand
Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • How to read and interpret common construction contracts
  • Understand issues specific to construction contracts
  • Manage common issues in construction contracts
  • Know when and how to apply claims and clauses
  • Understand Australian Standards for contracts
  • Understand and be able to comply with Australian law
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits engineers and related professionals with five to eight years of experience. It's useful for:

  • project managers
  • contract and procurement professionals
  • site staff
  • those new to construction project teams or management.

This workshop assumes significant industry experience and a basic understanding of contracts. For an introductory level contract course, we offer Contract Foundations.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover


  • Contract refresher
  • What makes construction contracting so different and challenging?
  • Construction disputes in Australia
  • Recent construction case law

Common issues in construction contracts

  • Defects
  • Delays
  • Latent conditions
  • Payment (and security of payment legislation)
  • Extensions of time
  • Variations
  • Security
  • Time
  • Termination
  • Non-performance

Other aspects of contract management

  • Australian Standards
  • Contract and project delivery models
  • Claims management
  • Dispute management
  • Negotiation skills
Towards chartered

Towards chartered

Take this course to build 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 you a competency. However, you will gain the base knowledge you need to develop these specific Chartered competencies.

Margaret Andre
Sean McCarthy
Good relevant information in an area that is constantly changing and subject to adversarial issues when it goes wrong.

Sean was excellent, I would definitely do more courses with him. He knew the content very well, was very engaging, took the time to adapt the course to the participant's requests instead of just running it how he had planned, and explained things very clearly and succinctly.

Good to have a lawyer [as the facilitator] to explain contract management using real cases and examples.
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