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Specialised Construction Procurement Law (LAWS70436)

Graduate coursework level 7Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 7
Subject codeLAWS70436
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While ‘Construct Only’ and ‘Design and Construct’ delivery methodologies remain the most common form of construction procurement, principals and contractors increasingly are delivering construction projects via innovative procurement methodologies. This subject—designed to complement the existing infrastructure delivery subjects already offered within our program—provides students with a detailed knowledge of tendering, specialised forms of construction procurement and other key contract forms currently in use in the Australian construction and infrastructure market. This subject also provides an overview of the key legal and commercial issues affecting these procurement methods and specialised construction contracts.

The lecturer, Richard Wilkinson, is a construction lawyer and alumnus of the Master of Construction Law. In addition to bringing to the classroom his own extensive experience in construction procurement law, Richard harnesses the specialist expertise of leading construction practitioners as guest lecturers.

Principal topics include:

  • Invitations to tender
  • Unsolicited proposals
  • Collaborative contracting
  • Managing contractor agreements
  • Engineering, procurement and construction agreements and engineering, procurement and construction management agreements
  • Consultancy agreements
  • ‘Design and construct’ joint venture agreements
  • Consortium agreements
  • Contracting arrangements in the renewables sector
  • Design-build-operate agreements and design-build-operate-maintain agreements.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the role and function of law in relation to construction projects
  • Have an advanced capacity to critically compare and analyse the legal framework applicable to construction across Australian and overseas jurisdictions, as relevant, and to consider recommendations for reform of aspects of the Australian approaches in light of those comparisons
  • Have a sophisticated appreciation of, and ability to engage in, the complex theoretical, policy and practical debates taking place internationally in relation to construction law
  • Through the assessment involving a research paper, have developed specialised skills in self-directed legal research and in the autonomous and creative production of a substantial piece of legal writing that is thoroughly researched and develops arguments in a highly structured, supported and referenced way, with a high degree of original content.

Last updated: 23 July 2019