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Building and Construction Law PG (11456.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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This unit traverses:
- the dynamics of the building and construction industries and the law
- the structure of legal regulation of the building industry
- the players in a building project and their legal status
- the building contract
- securities over the site, the contract and assignment
- payment claims
- building disputes
- the building site as a workplace
- completion of the building contract.

This unit may be co-taught with an undergraduate version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and describe the nature and sources of the law generally, and specifically the law relating to building and construction, as well as its administration;

2. Identify and describe the frameworks within which building law operates at the local, state, national and international levels;

3. Identify and analyse industry contracts and their functions; and

4. Explain and appraise the operation of building law and the legal rights and obligations of the players in the building and construction industries.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on campus per week.


6225 Business Law G OR
11434 Contract Law G



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

Building and Construction Law G

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