Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2013



This unit will allow students to acquire knowledge and understanding of a specialist, and increasingly important, area of the law. The unit begins with a critical analysis of the different types of contracts and project delivery methods used by the Australian construction industry, ranging from traditional to alternative. Second, students explore the problem areas that can lead to conflicts during the course of construction projects and the resultant legal ramifications and insurance issues.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should:

  1. be familiar with the different types of contracts used on construction projects and the pros and cons of each
  2. be able to identify the issues that impact on construction projects such as variations, latent defects, delays and defective works and the legal ramifications of each
  3. understand the broad range of dispute avoidance and management options available and their relationship to judicial and arbitral processes
  4. recognise the different types of insurance required for construction projects and be able to critically assess the contractual provisions relevant to them
  5. have knowledge of the various statutes and regulations governing the construction industry
  6. be able to write clearly, concisely and logically on issues relating to construction law.


Assignment (3,750 words): 50%
Take-home exam (3,750 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)