Local governments are involved in many and often complex contract-based relationships. Contract mistakes can be costly and administering them often needs an understanding of both the legal aspects and the required workplace tools and practices to ensure greater success.
Contracts rely more on common law (administered by the courts) than written legislation and therefore understanding the Australian contract law principles is essential in managing the risks of unenforceable, or voidable contracts. This includes knowing contract terminology, the meaning of key terms and conditions and the methods of tracking performance, including managing variations and dealing with issues and disputes.
This workshop has been designed specifically for local government. It will give insights into better understanding the structure and function of a contract and the tools and practices needed to achieve positive outcomes.
About the course
This 2-day workshop focuses on Western Australian local government-based contracts, applicable to City, Town and Shire environments and the essentials employees need to know.
- Australian Contract Law Principles
- Key Contract Management Terminology
- Procurement methods
- Types of Contracts
- The 4 stage Contract Life Cycle
- Typical Contract Management Methodology
- Parties to the Contract
- Typical Contract Structure
- Key Terms and Conditions
- Dealing with Subcontractors
- Tracking Performance
- Tracking Payment Claims
- Issues Management
- Dispute Management
- Managing Variations
- Contract Discharge and Termination
- Contract Close-Put Processes
Adjunct Senior Lecturer Todd Hutchinson is an international bestselling author, awarded project manager and listed in the Who's Who of Business. He holds adjunct positions with Edith Cowan University and Curtin University and is an executive of law firm Balfour Meagher.
Todd is involved in negotiating, formulating, mediating and executing contracts. He has worked with over 200 organisations and has experience at Federal, State and local government work environments.