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Contract Foundations

Learn the basics of how to properly prepare and manage a contract to help you deliver a successful project and avoid costly mistakes.
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Learn the basics of how to properly prepare and manage a contract to help you deliver a successful project and avoid costly mistakes.

Engineers enter into contracts every day. All contracts contain legally enforceable elements and complex jargon, so understanding what you're signing - or have signed - is essential. 

In this self-paced course, you'll learn the basics of contract law from an experienced lawyer. You'll learn about your legal rights and responsibilities under a typical contract. You'll also look at your obligations when drafting, designing or administering a contract.

Using practical tasks and quizzes, you'll cover: 

  • the Australian legal system and the nature of law
  • contract terminology and elements
  • preparing a contract
  • rights and responsibilities under a contract
  • identifying legal risks 
  • managing common issues with contracts
  • remedies for a breach of contract

By the end of this course, you'll understand the legal framework in which contracts operate. You'll know what type of contract best suits your project. You'll also gain a toolbox of practical tips to guide you through your day-to-day contracting tasks.

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8 Hours, self-paced
Location & dates

1 January - 31 December

Additional Information

Once you register, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online platform to start this course.

We can arrange bulk registration packages for corporate clients.

This includes the option to set up an access code for your organisation, allowing your team to register for courses on demand, avoiding the need to request individual Purchase Orders.

We can also customise this course to align to your business objectives or L&D needs.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Learning outcomes
  • The legal and social context of contract law
  • Sources of law that govern contracts
  • The importance of comprehensive contractual documents
  • Identify the elements of a legally enforceable contract
  • Identify potential legal issues in the preparation of a contract
  • Identify appropriate and equitable remedies for a breach of contract
  • Recognise rights and obligations under consumer law
  • Identify appropriate behaviours in the contracting cycle
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits graduate and junior engineers, and related professionals, with up to 3 years' work experience.

It's also valuable for people involved in drafting or delivering projects under a contract, including:

  • contract administrators
  • contract managers
  • finance officers
  • designers
  • principals
  • project managers

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

  • Introduction to law 
  • Contracts and elements of a binding agreement
  • Contractual concepts and remedies for breach of contract
  • Disclosure in contracting and your obligation not to be misleading or deceptive
Sean McCarthy
Margaret Andre
How you'll learn

This course is delivered through EEA Online, our new digital learning platform.

You'll learn using a mix of practical case studies, quizzes and reading, audio and video materials. You'll also apply your knowledge in practice with a variety of assessment tasks.

It will take approximately 8 hours to complete.

As it is self-paced, you can start anytime and save your progress as you finish each module.

Once you register for the course, you have 90 days to complete it.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a digital badge as evidence of your achievement. Learn more about Engineering Education Australia’s digital badges including how to claim and share on our Frequently asked questions page.

EEA Online access

EEA Online is powered by leading Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas by Instructure.

Once you register for a course, you will be provided with access to the EEA Online Canvas platform to start this course.

If you are registering for your first EEA Online course, you will receive an email from [email protected] inviting you to set up your EEA Online account. 

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Mobile access

EEA Online is mobile friendly, however desktop is preferred. Please read through the following information on mobile access via Canvas:

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