Contract Administration

Face-to-face duration: 1 day

Course Objectives

This one (1) day course outlines the best practice in contract administration principles and practices. This course explores the structure of contracts and options available; the relationship between parties; interpretation of contract clauses and requirements; and best practices in contract administration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the contract legal implications (fully documented or ‘design and build’)
  2. Overview of requirements, documents, specifications, plans and processes
  3. Structure of the contract
  4. Options within the contract
  5. Roles of the parties under the contract
  6. Information or documents supplied by Principal / Owner
  7. Interpretation of the contract clauses
  8. Deliverables by the Owner
  9. Deliverables by the Contractor
  10. Deliverables by the Contractor’s design team under ‘design and build’ model
  11. Work flow and timing (and the differences between fully documented and ‘design and build’)
  12. Quality assurance, OH&S and environment requirements
  13. Contract administration duties and processes
  14. Rules of contract interpretation in project disputes – the 10 rules of contract interpretation


  • Project managers                             
  • Contract managers and administrators
  • Procurement professionals
  • Project engineers
  • Contractor’s design team


  • Learn with practical applications that reflect real-life contract management, particularly the challenges and potential problems encountered on a day-to-day basis
  • Outline the obligations of the parties
  • Discuss the deliverables under the contract and the required processes
  • Distinguish between responsibilities and processes for designers working for the Owner and designers working for the Contractor
  • Gain practical knowledge in pre-award phase, award phase and contract administration
  • Implement international standard contracts


  • Understanding Contracts
  • Contract Administration
  • Roles under the Contract
  • Change Control
  • Contract management
  • Management Systems & Contract Management
  • Claims & Disputes
  • Contract Administration Jargon
  • Contractor performance
  • Closing the contract

Program Outline

Day One

Understanding Contracts

  • Things to note
  • Contract documents
  • Disclaimers/Releases/Indemnities
  • Order of Precedence

Contract Administration

  • Contract administration activities
  • Roles in the Contract
  • Contract Management Plan
  • Avoiding accidental amendments to the Contract
  • Our Obligations
  • Information/Documents to be supplied to the Principal/Owner
  • Deliverables
  • Management Systems & Contract Management
  • Contract Requirements
  • Managing Contractor Performance
  • Contract Administration Jargon
  • Change Control
  • Contract Insurances
  • Notices
  • How to minimise prolongation
  • Suspension
  • Termination
  • Time and Progress
  • Claims & Disputes
  • Delay/Prolongation Claims
  • Variations
  • Defects liability
  • Payment claims and payments
  • Disputes
  • Contractor performance
  • Closing the contract

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