Course Title: Administer the legal obligations of a building or construction contract

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: BUIL5996C

Course Title: Administer the legal obligations of a building or construction contract

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5256 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to administer the legal obligations of a building or construction contract. It is concerned with licensing and/or builders’ registration and other legislative matters as appropriate, and administering the systems through which the obligations of complying with legislation are fulfilled. In order to achieve the outcomes for this unit, knowledge of relevant industry legislation, codes, standards, regulations, licensing, employee awards, agreements, OHS, taxation and insurance is required.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC5007A Administer the legal obligations of a building or construction contract


1. Comply with the laws relating to establishing and licensing a building or construction contractor.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Business registration of the organisation is secured in
accordance with owner/operator preferences and legal
1.2 Approval of licensing and registration as a
contractor/supervisor is sought from appropriate
government agency.
1.3 Responsibilities of operating a construction business in
accordance with legislation are met by the contractor.
1.4 Legal documents and records are kept and carefully


2. Engage personnel for the project.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant industrial awards are identified for the hiring of
staff or labour.
2.2 Contracts of employment are determined on a
case-by-case basis and the principles and legalities of
workplace agreements are implemented.
2.3 Equal opportunity principles are applied in all aspects of
recruitment and selection.
2.4 Procedures for employment termination and redundancy
are explained and followed.
2.5 Dispute resolution processes are established,
documented and implemented where necessary.


3. Administer the regulations relating to OHS, welfare, workers' compensation, noise abatement and working hours.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS and Welfare Act provisions are identified and
complied with, on and off the site.
3.2 OHS authority is contacted to determine the necessary
approvals or permits prior to work commencing.
3.3 Provisions of Workers Compensation Act are complied
with and the rights and responsibilities of workers are
observed to ensure a safe workplace.
3.4 Regulations relating to noise


4. Implement rehabilitation arrangements for employees returning to work.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Rehabilitation arrangements for employees returning
from injury or illness are facilitated and implemented.
4.2 Workers returning to work after injury or illness are
assisted to regain full employment status as soon as


5. Comply with taxation and insurance requirements of federal, state and territory legislation.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Taxation payments are recorded, collected and made in
compliance with Australian Taxation Office requirements,
including GST obligations.
5.2 Insurance policies are identified to provide appropriate
cover for personnel, property and project works.
5.3 Mandatory superannuation provisions are made for


6. Administer all obligations in a conscientious manner and observe fair trading practice.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Fair trading practice responsibilities are maintained
effectively and efficiently.
6.2 Best interests of clients are promoted and undertaken
conscientiously in accordance with the agreed contract.


7. Comply with environmental legislation and its intent.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Renewable materials are used as a primary aim wherever
possible over non-renewable materials.
7.2 Low energy materials are used in preference to high
energy materials, where practical.
7.3 Processes to ensure compliance with environmental
protection legislation are implemented.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will learn through a number of planned activities (face to face classes, workplace/site visits, simulated workplace learning, online learning via blackboard and other forms of structured teaching and learning). Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course.

Teaching Schedule


SemesterTopic Content Delivery

Note that topics will not necessarily be delivered in the order given below and some topics will split over semester 1 and 2

1 and 2Business registration
Builder/supervisor licensing and registration. as a
Legal requirements of operating a construction business
Employing people/ engaging personnel for building work.
Industrial awards. Fair Work Agreements.
Equal opportunity principles
Employment termination and redundancy.
Dispute resolution processes
Regulations relating to OHS, welfare, workers compensation on and off the site.
OHS approvals or permits prior to work commencing.
OHS rehabilitation arrangements for employees returning to work.
Taxation and insurance requirements of state, territory and federal legislation.
Taxation payments are recorded, collected including GST obligations.
Insurance policies to provide appropriate cover for personnel, property and project works.
Superannuation provisions are made for employees.
Fair Trading Practice.
Environmental legislation and its intent. Renewable materials, Low energy materials

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



WWW pages of the following government bodies and others as notified to the students in class.  Building Commission. Consumer Affairs Victoria. Fair Work Australia.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written,oral, practical tasks and activities.
You will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals.

Assessment Tasks

There are 2 assignments - one being a project based assessment, and  learning outcomes tests for all topics not completely assessed by the assignments. The culmination of all assessments contributes to the final result for this course.
Under special circumstances extension to assessment may be granted. Students are to follow RMIT Special Consideration Policy found in RMIT Policies and procedures link;ID=3g3whh1vttr0z;STATUS=A;SECTION=19;PAGE_AUTHOR=Chancellery

Assessment Tasks
Assessment  – Project Based Assessment
The project based assessments will focus on different elements of the learning activities and address the students ability to both problem solve and provide meaningful solutions to the practical exercises that cover: 
Simulation of the skills and knowledge for the student work in a builders office complying with the legal requirements studied in this course. 

The project based assessments will have a weighting of between 10 - 20% each of the final overall assessment mark (final weighting will be advised by teacher).

Assessments  – Written Learning Outcomes Tests (closed book)
This written learning outcome tests will a cover elements 1 - 7
These tests will have a weighting of 60% of the final overall assessment mark.

The culmination of all assessments contributes to the final result for this course.
All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CP (Competency Achieved) grade. (50% equates to being competent per assessment).
A competent grade for each assessment is required to pass this course..

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Competency requirements and Grading:

To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Observation of students performing work is used to confirm competency.

All assessments for this course must be completed to achieve CP (Competent with Pass) to pass this course. In any assessment 50% equates to being Competent with Pass.
Higher gradings are available. The final grade for the course is calculated taking into account the weighting given to the separate assessments.

Gradings available are:
CP - 50 to 59 - Competent with Pass, CC - 60 to 69 - Competent with Credit, CDI - 70 to 79 - Competent with distinction, CHD - 80 to 100 - Competent with High Distinction. NYC - 0 to 49 - Not Yet Competent

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