VIDEO: What does COVID-19 mean for Australian construction contracts?

Melbourne Law School's Professor John Sharkey AO discusses whether Australia's construction contracts will stand up to scrutiny in the face of COVID-19

Construction law takes up around 10 per cent of Australia's economic output, but the early indications of the profound effect of COVID-19 point to a decline in new projects and delays in existing ones. It is in connection with those delays that the application of existing laws deserve closer consideration.


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Codelfa Construction Pty Ltd v State Rail Authority of NSW (1982) 149 CLR 337

Nicholas Dennys and Robert Clay (eds), Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts (14th ed, 2020)