JUST 3003 Building Law

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200292

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Description This subject is designed to provide students with a good understanding of the law and dispute resolution mechanisms that regulate the conduct of the building industry and building practices e.g. work health and safety, contract law, workers compensation, awareness of industrial relations and dispute resolution.

School Law

Discipline Legal Studies

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYB 9948 - Building Law 2

Assumed Knowledge

Introduction to Business Law

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how the legal system works in relation to the building industry.
  2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of legal principles relevant to the building industry.
  3. Apply understanding of legal principles to analyse and solve practical problems.
  4. Communicate effectively and appropriately, displaying clear and logical structure using Plain English.

Subject Content

  1. Contract Law and contract administration
  2. Partnering
  3. Causes of disputes
  4. Methods of Dispute Resolution
  5. Alternative Dispute Resolution
  6. Court procedures, including Land & Environment Court
  7. Local Government Laws
  8. Development Application and Construction Certificate Application
  9. Building and Construction Industry Security of Payments Act
  10. Fair Work Act
  11. Relevant Industrial Relations law


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Short Answer 24 hours 15 N Individual
Essay 2,000 words 40 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 45 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Ian Bailey, Construction Law in Australia, (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed, 2018)

Teaching Periods

Spring (2024)



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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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