Building and Construction Law

Who Can Become a Building Practitioner in Australia – Recent Changes in Victoria
Building and Construction Law
Who Can Become a Building Practitioner in Australia – Recent Changes in Victoria

All states in Australia, and across most of the common law world, ensure the registration of building practitioners. relevant regulatory authorities have required it be established, broadly speaking, that the person applying to be registered, be a ‘fit and proper person’ to be eligible. Recently, however, in Victoria, some changes to the old paradigm have […]

Termination of Building Contracts: Get it Right!
Building and Construction Law
Termination of Building Contracts: Get it Right!

So you are a property owner or a builder, but your project has gone sour and you want to get out of it by terminating the contract. There are three potential legal sources which can enable you to do so. One of these, the common law, can give you such a right. Beyond that, the […]

Building Contracts – Important Things to Look Out For
Building and Construction Law
Building Contracts – Important Things to Look Out For

If you are about to enter into or have already entered into, a building contract in relation to a residential building, there are some critical things to look out for and be aware of. If you proceed in ignorance of these things, you risk being ‘bitten’ later on. Assuming that the contract is over the […]

External Wall Cladding Systems: Do They Comply?
Building and Construction Law
External Wall Cladding Systems: Do They Comply?

One aspect of the public debate and discussion as to external wall cladding on buildings in the context of the Lacrosse building and Grenfell tower fires is: does the cladding comply with requirements? When a cladding system is built to the outside of a building, as a matter of common sense and functionality, the cladding […]

Australia’s Current Building Compliance Issues
Building and Construction Law
Australia’s Current Building Compliance Issues

With the Lacrosse fire in Melbourne, the Opal Tower scenario in Sydney, along with other fires and building safety and defect issues in buildings in Australia and overseas, we are increasingly seeing that prior to the drama occurring, the problems or potential problems with the building were known. With the Opal Tower situation, for example, […]