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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: BUIL6238C

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

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

Course Coordinator:

David King

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:

CPCCBC5007B Administer the legal obligations of a building or constructio


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

Performance Criteria:

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


2Engage personnel for the project.

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

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


4Implement rehabilitation arrangements for employees returning to work.

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

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


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

Performance Criteria:

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


7Comply with environmental legislation and its intent.

Performance Criteria:

7.1Renewable materials are used as a primary aim wherever possible over non-renewable materials.
7.2Low energy materials are used in preference to high energy materials, where practical.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Refer to teaching schedule below

Teaching Schedule

Lessons 1 to 4
Business registration of the organisation is secured in accordance legal requirements
Builder/supervisor licensing and registration.
Legal requirements of operating a construction business
Legal documents and records are kept and carefully maintained

Lessons 5 to 12
Industrial awards. Fair Work Agreements.
Equal opportunity principles
Employment termination and redundancy.
NES Statements
Superannuation provisions are made for employees.
Insurance policies are identified to provide appropriate cover for personnel, property and project works.
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.

Lessons 11 to 18
Employing people/ engaging personnel for building work.
Dispute resolution processes
Processes to ensure compliance with environmental protection legislation are implemented.
Fair Trading Practice.
Environmental legislation and its intent. Renewable materials, Low energy materials

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Assessment 1 – Reflective Journal
Assessment 2 – Project based assessment

Assessment 3 – Online Knowledge Questions – Closed Book

Assessment Matrix

Assessment 1 – 25%
Assessment 2 – 55%
Assessment 3 – 20%
Total = 100%

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.

Grading available are:
Grade level Competency Level
CHD Competent with High Distinction -The learner will confidently apply novel but relevant solutions to unfamiliar and complex tasks.
CDI Competent with Distinction -The learner will confidently evaluate alternative solutions to an unfamiliar task or problem and use the most appropriate solution.
CC Competent with Credit -The learner will elegantly apply appropriate facts, rules and standard solutions to achieve an unfamiliar task or problem with confidence.
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded -The learner will be able to apply facts, rules and standard solutions to achieve a predictable task or solve a problem.
NYC Not Yet Competent
-Although the learner exhibits access to a limited range of facts and rules, the learner has difficulty applying these facts and rules to a familiar task.
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Assessment Submission:

Turnitin is an online text-matching service which can be used to support academic integrity and address plagiarism. All submissions via Turnitin within Blackboard include the relevant wording for the e-Submission authorisation process. Students are to use Turnitin. to verify that the work submitted is their own work and referenced accordingly. This software will be used by all staff to ensures original work by students is checked at submission of the assessment.

The University is obliged to obtain clear student authorisation on all assessable works. RMIT’s e-Submission process provides a valid authorisation equivalent to a signature on a paper coversheet allowing students to submit assessment works electronically.
The e-Submission process requires that specific wording and a link to the assessment declaration is included in your assessment documentation in order to comply with legal and statutory obligations, and can be used with all RMIT teaching technologies, including;
• Blackboard
• PebblePad
• WebLearn
• RMIT’s Google Apps for Education (Gmail, Drive, Sites etc.)
The use of fully electronic submissions saves significant time for both staff and students.
Good practice

• Providing clear advice to students on the e-Submission process as part of their assessment expectations assists in ensuring that it is straightforward for RMIT students to submit work electronically.
• Students can submit non-electronic works via conversion by a digital scanner, i.e. paper-based assessments can be scanned and submitted for assessment via the e-Submission process.
• Establishing a Turnitin assignment in Blackboard is a quick way to provide an e-Submission process for a class group.
Students must submit all assessment task electronically via blackboard as directed by their teacher.
Students are not to email or hand assessment tasks to teachers in class, corridor or cafeteria etc
Late submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.
Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.
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Special consideration:

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