• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Nicholas Seddon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2015
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This course is designed to meet the needs of practising lawyers and of senior public and private sector managers who have had experience in the field of government contracting.

The course will examine the use of contract for various public purposes and will analyse the legal issues that are peculiar to government contracting.

The course covers

  • policy issues relevant to the use of contract by government
  • the applicability of the ordinary law of contract
  • the power to make government contracts
  • the procedures and other issues relevant to contract formation
  • Crown immunity
  • the application of the competition consumer legislation to government commercial activity, tenders (including the impact of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement)
  • use of public law remedies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course, participants, whether legally-trained or not, will have a thorough understanding of the legal and practical issues that are peculiar to government purchasing and other commercial activities.  With this knowledge contract advisers and managers will be better able to manage risk.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

Assessment consist of:
  1. Short answer quiz (Mark Value:10%)
  2. Research essay (Mark Value:90%) (6000 words)

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Workload

26 Contact Hours (Intensive delivery over 4 days) plus private study and reading time

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP). OR Must be studying a: Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS), and completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law or LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation.

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed text for this course is Seddon, N, Government Contracts: Federal, State and Local (5th ed 2013, The Federation Press). This book is available through Nick Seddon at a 20 per cent discount. Please contact Nick Seddon by email well before the intensive to purchase a copy.

Preliminary Reading

Chapter 1 of Government Contracts: Federal, State and Local

Assumed Knowledge

Experience in government procurement whether from the government side or private sector.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1352 11 Apr 2015 11 Apr 2015 24 Apr 2015 31 May 2015 In Person N/A

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