Two-Part Contract Administration Course

4 October 2023

The ACA has previously developed and delivered a two-part seminar on contract administration in conjunction with Dr. Harm Hollander, Doctor of Creative Industries (QUT) and Angela Yates, Partner at Moray & Agnew Lawyers. Contract administration is a critical skill for architectural practices. This seminar is now available on demand and includes 2 x 1.5 hr recorded sessions.

Originally held 16 & 23 March 2023


This seminar was delivered by ACA Qld/NT and includes 2 x 1.5 hr recorded sessions. The delivery included interactive tasks and discussions that are captured in the recording. Topics included building contract types, the tender management process, contract negotiation, and common and advanced contract workings. See speaker bios and seminar outline below.

Who should view this training?

The seminar would benefit graduates and registered architects at all levels.


3 formal points

Learning outcomes
On completion of this two-part webinar, participants will:

Understand how to run a competitive tender and what options might be available, to understand the fundamentals of how to superindent a contract including all the fundamental sections such as RFI’s, Variations, Payment Claims and Defects.

Appropriate AACA competencies that will be covered: PC 52, PC 57, PC 58


Members: $275 p/p (+GST)
Non-Members $350 p/p (+GST)

Enquiries to Katherine Ygosse,

  • Dr Harm Hollander
  • Angela Yates


Dr Harm Hollander

Harm Hollander is a practising architect who feels at home in designing and being involved in all steps of procuring complex projects. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, Harm has also lectured in Construction, Professional Studies and Design at various universities. He has developed comprehensive skills in leading large projects from commencement to completion, working meticulously through brief, design and delivery challenges. As a recent graduate with a Doctorate of Creative Industries, Harm remains the student in seeking further improvement towards better design outcomes.

Angela Yates

Angela Yates is a Partner at Moray & Agnew. She is a trusted specialist insurance lawyer and commercial litigator with over 20 years experience in insurance law. She has extensive experience in professional indemnity and public liability claims with a particular interest in complex and commercially sensitive disputes.


Session 1 – 1.5 hrs

Module A: Introduction: Contract Framework and process

  • What is expected from a competency standards​
  • What is the building contract?​
  • Typical Sections of a contract​
  • When to start a conversation around which one to use?​
  • Contract Language​
  • Contract orientation​
  • Role and responsibilities​
  • Agent or superintendent ​

Module B: Contract types

  • D&C vs Traditional Lump sum summary  (when to use/ pro’s and con’s)​
  • AS2124/ AS4000​
  • AS4300​
  • GC21​

Module C: Common Contract workings

  • Contract docs
  • Latent conditions
  • RFI’s
  • Progress Claims​
  • Variations​
  • Site Inspections

Session 2 – 1.5 hrs

Module C continued: Common Contract workings

  • Contractor’s documents​
  • Contract adjustments, extensions of time​
  • Practical Completion (singular and staged)​
  • Defects Liability Period​
  • Managing the systems​

Module D: Tender management process

  • EOI​
  • Select Tender​
  • Public Tender​
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Tender reporting​
  • Contract negotiation and interviews​
  • Contract execution​

Module E: Advanced Contract workings

  • Dispute resolution​
  • Frustration and termination​
  • Concealed defects/ significant defects​
  • Working examples of above​