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The NCC – It’s now Free


Posted 15 September 2022

The new National Construction Code (NCC), incorporating the Building Code of Australia (BCA), was adopted on 1 May 2015. It is now accessible online for free, upon registration with the Australian Bui…

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All’s Fair in Contracts and Law? Unfair Contract Protection for Small Business

Strata, Construction, Contracts

Posted 31 August 2016

Amendments to the Australian Securities and Investment Corporations Act 2001 and the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to commence on 12 November 2016 will extend to small businesses protections previ…

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The Builder, the Developer and its Architect


Posted 30 November 2015

A lesson in the need for letters of intent and/or license agreements for works in contract negotiation stage In a Nutshell Developers and builders should give careful consideration to entering i…

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Avoiding Pitfalls – What developers and Builders need to know before entering Lift Contracts for Residential Developments

Development Contracting, Contracts

Posted 06 October 2015

Many lift contractors maintain standard form terms and conditions which are out dated, have not kept pace with legislative changes and fail to recognise changing customer needs and procurement methods…

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Copyright Infringement – Stop the Build!

Strata, Contracts

Posted 31 August 2015

In the recent decision of Coles v Dorner &Ors [2015] QSC 224 a builder and homeowner were found to have infringed copyright in the construction of a home at Port Douglas and ordered to perform externa…

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It’s your Call to enter into an Option Agreement – Key Considerations for Put and Call Options

Development Contracting, Contracts, Conveyancing

Posted 01 June 2015

Option agreements are an increasingly common means by which developers secure development sites. There is good reason for that, as they provide developers with flexibility and assist with managing cas…

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Insurance in Construction – Are you really covered?

Strata, Building Defects, Construction, Contracts, Home Owners Warranty, Public Liability

Posted 09 April 2015

Construction entails many risks to a builder by virtue of its occupation, control and/or ownership of the site. The risks include personal injury or death to persons and damage or destruction of prope…

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Alert – Home Building Act Changes to Residential Building Contracts – Effective from 1 March 2015

Building Defects, Construction, Contracts

Posted 02 March 2015

In a Nutshell As a result of changes to the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) (“the Act”) residential building work contracts entered into from 1 March 2015 must be compliant with new requirements i…

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