PALS Refresher: Contract Administration - Framework

PALS Refresher: Contract Administration - Framework

PALS Refresher: Contract Administration - Framework

Available On Demand


This module covers the role of the architect in relation to contracts and the related administrative essentials.



This presentation is equivalent to 1 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

    Project Delivery: Construction Stage

    8.1   Selection process for appropriately qualified contractors is in accordance with procurement method and project contract.
    8.2  Recommendation regarding contractor selection and specifics of project contract are made to the client for their approval.
    8.3  Identification and application of the process and administration systems needed to fulfil all obligations under project contract.
    8.4  Construction progress and quality is systematically reviewed and monitored as required under the contract provisions.
    8.5  Identification and application of all relevant processes required for certification of monetary claims, project variations, extensions of time, project variations, extensions of time, project instructions or other administrative responsibilities under the contract provisions.
    8.6  Monitoring project requirements and objectives as described in project documents are met.
    8.7   Identification and application of appropriate and consistent systems for record keeping and maintenance of document revisions.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation you should be able to:

  1. Provide an understanding of the underlying principles and the extensive detail found in lump sum building contracts, with reference to the ABIC suite of contracts and the ABIC SW-2018 simple works contract in particular
  2. Perform the role of contract administrator as demanded by the contract wording
  3. Demonstrate techniques and procedures associated with the role of contract administrator


Ryan Loveday

Director, Fulton Trotter Architects

After finishing a drafting course at TAFE, Ryan studied Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney in the old 6 year part-time course, whilst also working in small practice. He dimly remembers graduating the course in 2001.
Now based in Brisbane, he has spent the last  two decades working predominantly on public projects within education, health, aged care and community architecture. One of an increasingly rare breed specialising in traditional full-service architecture and superintendency, his skills and background as a technical architect have led to a career resolving the ‘tricky bits’ of complex institutional projects.




Building contract insurances

Unconditional guarantees and cash retention

Safety during construction

OHS overview

Remote sites – contract administration


Contractor’s role in construction

Shop drawings

Victorian Building Authority (2015) Guide to Standards and Tolerances



Member: $49
Non-Member: $74
Student: $19


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