Short Courses

Introduction to Contracts

Explore how and why we contract and gain greater confidence in reading and interpreting contracts.

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Explore how and why we contract and gain greater confidence in reading and interpreting contracts.

If you work in engineering, project management, contract administration or procurement, you'll often use contracts. Understanding them is vital to prevent costly mistakes.

This is an introductory-level course. It covers:

  • the basic elements of contracting
  • the nature of binding promises
  • the Australian legal system and related law
  • interpretation
  • the operational aspects of contracts.

After completing this course, you'll:

  • understand the law and how it relates to contracts
  • be able to interpret contracts at a basic level
  • understand how the proper management of contracts assists project delivery.

If you're new to legal studies, this course provides a thorough introduction to contracts. If you've studied or worked in contracts before, it's an excellent refresher.

This course will take place over 2 x 3.5-hour sessions.

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2 x 3.5 hour sessions
Location & dates

13 April - 14 April


18 May - 19 May


22 June - 23 June

Additional Information

This workshop will run during the following times:

13 April – 14 April 2023, 1pm – 5pm AEST

18 May – 19 May 2023, 9am – 12:30pm AEST

22 June –  23 June 2023, 1pm – 5pm AEST


Registration closes three business days before the start of each workshop.

Learning outcomes
  • Gain a big picture view of the contract lifecycle
  • Be able to interpret contracts at a basic level
  • Get an overview of how Australian law works
  • See what happens during pre-contract negotiations
  • Understand contract set-up, layout, elements and principles
  • Be aware of related areas of law
  • Comprehend how a properly managed contract helps project delivery
  • Understand the basics of negotiation and dispute resolution
Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course suits graduate and junior engineers and related professionals with up to three years of 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

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

The contract lifecycle

  • The nature of law in Australia, including contract law
  • Pre-contract negotiations
  • Contract set-up and layout
  • Elements of a binding agreement
  • Overarching contract principles
  • Related areas of law - competition law and negligence
  • Introduction to negotiation and dispute resolution
Towards chartered

Towards chartered

Take this course to build skills and knowledge in the following Engineers Australia Chartered status competencies*:

7. Meet legal and regulatory requirements
8. Communication
10. Taking Action

Learn more about Chartered Status.

*Completing this course does not automatically guarantee you a competency. However, you will gain the base knowledge you need to develop these specific Chartered competencies.

Sean McCarthy
Margaret Andre

The course kept the reading material really relevant and concise. The discussion was really engaging and made the comprehension of the complicated topics really easy. The group involvement was really good.


Sean's teaching style was excellent - great mix of formal lecture but importantly working through the material like a tutorial (which is how I best learn). Sean was also more than happy to tailor the content to our questions and to make excellent examples to real life engineering scenarios.

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