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Role of the Superintendent (online) 30 July 2024

Role of the Superintendent (online) 30 July 2024

Tuesday 30 July 2024
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The Superintendent's role is a complex one. It requires a sound understanding of the law of contract, substantial technical skills, and in particular, an understanding of the provisions of the particular project outcomes. This intensive and interactive training course teaches you how to confidently manage the various Superintendent duties, the dual roles of the Superintendent, and how to avoid common legal traps.


1 day



About the course

This is delivered as a one day course and can be delivered in house tailored to meet the specific needs of your company.

The course begins with a thorough breakdown of the requirements, role and authority of a contract Superintendent and the key duties under this role including issuing directions, assessing claims and entitlements, and dealing with disputes.

Whilst the first part of the day is conducted as an interactive information session, the second half of the day is workshop based focusing on various "what if... ?" scenarios. These are primarily based on previous Court cases involving litigation surrounding the Superintendent's role. Using real examples from the consulting industry you will become aware of tips and traps to help you manage your role as a Superintendent with greater confidence and ease.

Course outline

  • The scope of a Superintendent's duties
  • How contract administration is treated in the main standard form construction contracts
  • The dual roles of acting as the client's agent and acting as valuer, assessor, and certifier
  • The interplay between the contract the Superintendent is engaged under and the contract they administer
  • Extensions of time, liquidated damages, and the prevention principle
  • Knowledge of the law required by a Superintendent
  • Reliance on other's advice
  • Superintendent's role when disputes arise, and challenges to determinations
  • Liability for breach of contract, professional negligence, or for infringing on TPA
  • Legal principles laid down by key Court cases affecting Superintendents
  • Potential conflicts of interest
  • Insurance issues

Who should attend

  • Superintendents
  • Superintendent's Representatives
  • Main Contractor's Representatives
  • Subcontract Superintendents
  • Directors of SME Practices
  • Those involved in the administration of engineering and construction contracts

Course Director

Tony Horan

Tony Horan
LLB, BA (Hons), Barrister

Tony Horan is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced barristers working in the construction industry in Australia. He is also a dynamic and engaging presenter, who utilises his extensive legal expertise to support the course material with real-life examples. Tony has represented and advised a range of building professionals and consulting engineers from all disciplines. He has over 20 years of expertise in resolving disputes regarding design and construction, copyright and insurance litigation, arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution processes. He is a highly sought-after presenter, a member of the Victorian Bar and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. For the past 5 years, Tony has been voted by his peers (Doyles Guide) as one of Australia’s leading barristers specialising in construction and infrastructure.

Key Information


Tuesday 30 July 2024


9:00am - 5:00pm




$1,701 (inc GST) Members
$2,277 (inc GST) Non-Members

Tailored in-house training can be arranged by request, please email us at education@consultaustralia.com.au

Course cost includes:

  • Full 1 day online training program
  • Training materials
  • Certificate of Attendance

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