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SHORT COURSE

Infrastructure Law: Delivering Projects and Managing Risks

Good planning and contracting are essential to success in major infrastructure projects. Clear and effective communication between professionals from different disciplines is crucial. In this short course, you’ll engage with aspects of major infrastructure projects, with a focus on risk allocation and stakeholder protection in the contracting process.

About this course

Major infrastructure projects are on the rise – and so too are risks to stakeholders. This UTS Open short course will introduce you to the legal and commercial elements of these major construction initiatives, equipping you with the expertise to plan, contract and allocate risk effectively.

This course is part of a planned suite of infrastructure law short courses designed for legal and construction professionals. During this short course, you’ll explore major infrastructure risk management, delivery and pricing structures, costs and contracts, expanding your knowledge of the concepts and terminology that underpin these projects.

Course content will be delivered by leading law academics and building industry experts, divided into four modules, including (1) Delivering projects, (2) Managing project risks, (3) Pre-contract planning and (4) Managing liability. By the end of your studies, you’ll able to communicate more effectively with the many disciplines involved in major infrastructure initiatives, helping to avoid misunderstandings in performance of contracts.

Key benefits of this course

Through undertaking this short course, you will:

  • Gain valuable knowledge of risk management and contract drafting for major infrastructure projects
  • Examine the life-cycle of a project through a series of case studies
  • Benefit from multi-disciplinary expert insights
  • Build your knowledge of key legal and construction concepts and terminology
  • Network with other infrastructure professionals
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: “If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included."

Price

Full price: $1800 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

Course content will be delivered by leading law academics and building industry experts, divided into the following four modules:

  • Delivering projects
  • Managing project risks
  • Pre-contract planning
  • Managing liability.

By the end of your studies, you’ll able to communicate more effectively with the many disciplines involved in major infrastructure initiatives, helping to avoid misunderstandings in performance of contracts.

Speakers on the topics include: 

  • Andrew Chew, Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Professorial Fellow
  • Alberto Sanchez, Head of Planning, Lendlease and NSW Committee Chair of AACE Australia Section
  • Owen Hayford, Principal, infralegal
  • Associate Professor Peter Smith, Associate Head of School and Program Director - Construction Project Management (DAB)
  • Dr Robin Bowley, Lecturer, UTS Law.

Course structure and learning objectives

Course structure

Day 1 –Topics 1 & 2

12:30pm to 5:30pm with 60 mins of break(s)

Topic 1: Delivering projects (12.30 to 2.30pm)

  • What is a project?
  • Stakeholders
  • Project cycles
  • Risk
  • Procurement and bidding for projects.

Presenters: (1) Andrew Chew, Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Professorial Fellow, UTS Faculty of Law, and (2) Associate Professor Peter Smith, Associate Head of School and Program Director - Construction Project Management, School of the Built Environment, UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB).

Topic 2: Managing project risks (3.30 to 5.30pm) 

  • Delivery structures
  • Contract forms
  • Pricing structures.

Presenters: (1) Owen Hayford, Principal, infralegal, and (2) Andrew Chew, Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Professorial Fellow, UTS Law.

Day 2 – Topics 1  & 2

12:30pm to 5:30pm with 60 mins of break(s)

Topic 3: Pre-contract planning (12.30 to 2.30pm)

  • Project objectives: time, cost, quality, performance
  • Level of influence over the project life cycle
  • The impact of contract type on time (and cost)
  • Developing the contract program
  • Documenting the contract program basis (and program obligations)
  • Common causes of delays and basic concepts of delay claims.

Presenters: (1) Alberto Sanchez, Head of Planning, Lendlease and NSW Committee Chair of AACE Australia Section, and (2) Andrew Chew, Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Professorial Fellow, UTS Law.

Topic 4: Managing liability (3.30 to 5.30pm)

  • Liabilities (including limitation and exclusions)
  • Indemnities and releases
  • Indirect and consequential loss
  • Insurances
  • Managing counterparty risk.

Presenters: (1) Dr Robin Bowley, Lecturer, UTS Law, and (2) Andrew Chew, Consultant, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Professorial Fellow, UTS Law.

Course learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this short course participants should be able to:

  • Identify legal and commercial risk in major infrastructure projects
  • Anticipate and manage time, cost, quality and performance issues through effective planning and contract drafting
  • Understand major infrastructure projects from a multi-disciplinary perspective, including the practical and legal implications of the relationships between the parties
  • Contribute to and, where appropriate, lead team exercises such as group presentations
  • Demonstrate high standards of professional communication in written and oral work.

Requirements

Mandatory

To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Discounts

Discounts are available for this course as follows:  

  • Multiple enrolments from the same organisation: 10% discount for 2-4 participants, 15% for 5+ participants
  • 10% discount for UTS alumni and staff

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

Multiple enrolments from the same organisation

To take up this offer, email law.shortcourses@uts.edu.au with:

  • Your organisation’s name
  • The course name and date 
  • The number of people you’ll be enrolling (minimum of 2 participants).

UTS alumni and staff

Please contact the team at support@open.uts.edu.au with your student or staff number to request your discount voucher code. 

If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email support@open.uts.edu.au with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement. 

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Who is this course for?

This short course is suitable for professionals involved in the planning and delivery of major infrastructure projects, including:

  • Lawyers working in building and construction law at all levels
  • General counsel and other legal experts working in aligned industry sectors
  • Builders and other major infrastructure trade professionals
  • Architects, designers, engineers and planners
  • Project managers, quantity surveyors and sub-contractors
  • Government agencies concerned with major infrastructure projects
  • Postgraduate students in project management, property development or law.

 

Very enjoyable. Relevant speakers with a great deal of knowledge. It was very relevant to our industry [major commercial and industrial contractors]

Adam I

The facilitators were engaging and it was easy to participate with questions & comments.

Lana A
$1,800.00

START DATE

Unscheduled

MODE

Online

DURATION

8 hrs

COMMITMENT

2 days 4hrs/day

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