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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain, distinguish and evaluate an advanced understanding of the legal and practical issues that are peculiar to government contracting and other government commercial activities;
- Identify, critically analyse and apply legal principles of ordinary contract law to contracting in a government context;
- Identify, critically examine and analyse complex government purchasing and commercial arrangements to identify and apply principles and provide solutions to manage complex matters, including risk; and
- Independently plan and execute a research project to demonstrate complex legal research principles and methodologies in critical analysis and application of legal principles and practice, relevant to government contacting.
- Short answer quiz to assess awareness of legal issues peculiar to government contracting (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- A research essay to demonstrate research and analysis of legal issues relevant to government contracting (6000 words) (90) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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- 6 units
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