Course handbook


This course explores law and legislation that governs the construction management process. Primary elements of types of contracts, legal duties and responsibilities will be integrated within the context of contractual administration in the construction industry.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and significance of the principles and procedures of law and legislation as applied to the construction process

2. Describe the liabilities and responsibilities of parties to a contract

3. Formulate and argue the tortious liabilities, rights, and defences of those involved in, and affected by, the construction process

4. Apply the principles and procedures of law to the effective organisation and practice of a company


Principles and procedures of law - construction process

Law relating to the construction process: broad understanding of the workings of the Australian legal system, the court system, principles of arbitration, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and adjudication, Common Law, Industrial Tribunals, the nature of tort, the law of tort and its significance to the construction industry, negligence, nuisance, trespass, statutory duties, liability

Liabilities and responsibilities of parties

Contract is an enforceable agreement: identification of the main parties to a contract, description of the responsibilities of the main parties, typical contractual liabilities of the main parties

Principles and procedures of law - organisation and practice of a company

Law relating to the organisation and practice of a company: detailed understanding oft the Australian legal system, company law and legal status of companies, employment law, law of land and property, sale, purchase and rental of goods, health, safety and welfare, employer liability.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Legal System & Contract

Written Assignment: Law of Tort & Property Law

Contact hours

Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks