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The delivery of major infrastructure, energy and resources projects is an organic process which involves multifaceted interactions with the law. In this subject, students will gain insights into the way that advising on such projects involves navigating an often-challenging intersection of construction and regulatory systems, drawing on aspects of property law, environmental law, native title, finance, banking and commercial law.
Students will also engage with the need for reform in major project delivery, with the cost of project delivery in Australia already prohibitive and globally uncompetitive.
The subject will examine how major energy and resources projects are defined, designed, structured and developed, the pressure points for successful and cost-efficient project delivery in Australia, and the areas where conflicts and disputes emerge and how they are managed.
Principal topics include:
- Project scoping from feasibility to design, including examination of recent studies on procurement practices and a simulated workshop on feasibility models, risk analysis and front-end engineering and design (FEED)
- Overview of regulatory approval frameworks and the social license for major project delivery, including a case study-based discussion of the interaction of such frameworks with construction document development and management
- Project delivery models and frameworks in the energy and resources sector
- Examination of leading causes of project stress and failure, including the need for proactive planning and strategies
- Interactive case study where students collaboratively examine particular aspects of project design and execution
- Current approaches to dispute management in major project delivery, including exercises examining common problems encountered in drafting dispute resolution clauses in project documentation, as well as a discussion of contemporary and innovative approaches to dispute management and avoidance in major projects.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Have an advanced and specialised understanding of different forms of major project delivery in the infrastructure, energy and resources sector
- Have an appreciation of how major projects are developed and delivered from concept to execution
- Have the skills to be able to identify and evaluate areas of risk in major project delivery
- Be familiar with, be able to critically reflect on, and be confident in identifying the interaction points relating to project execution, and the points of intersection of different areas of law
- Understand the pressure points in infrastructure, energy and resources project delivery, and why projects fail
- Understand how project disputes emerge, and the different forms of dispute management.
Last updated: 31 January 2024