PALS Refresher: Contract Terminology and Intro to ABIC

PALS Refresher: Contract Terminology and Intro to ABIC

PALS Refresher: Contract Terminology and Introduction to ABIC 

Available On Demand


This module focuses on the specific terms and conditions contained within a standard form construction contract, again using the ABIC Simple Works Contract as the example.
This module works through the contract schedules and explains why they are relevant, before covering the key terms and conditions throughout the Simple Works Contract.



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:

    2015 Competencies:

    Project Delivery: Procurement

    7.6 Knowledge and application of all administration and principles for the selected procurement method and associated contracts

    Project Delivery: Construction Stage
    8.2 Recommendation regarding contractor selection and specifics of project contract are made to the client for their approval

    2021 Competencies:

    Design Delivery and Construction Phase Services:

    PC 48 Be able to select and implement project administration systems, based upon an assessment of the selected procurement method and its implications on project delivery. 
    PC 51 Be able to provide advice to clients and lead (or contribute to) the process of selecting a qualified contractor in accordance with the agreed procurement method and construction contract. 


    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Understand the principles and detail found in lump sum building contracts
    2. Understand and apply common contractual terms
    3. Understand your role as the Architect in administering the Contract 


    Brendan Hoffman

    Director, Bradbury Legal

    Brendan is a lawyer with 25 years of experience, with a particular focus on the legal issues relating to property, construction and development. Brendan has extensive experience in all forms of development including commercial, industrial, residential, aged care and retirement, hospitality and public infrastructure. Brendan is highly experienced in the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts and related documents for the development and use of property. Brendan represents clients in a variety of jurisdictions, including the Construction List of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.



    Building contracts

    ABIC contracts


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


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