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The measured economic recovery from the global financial crisis presents a number of opportunities and challenges for the construction, engineering and infrastructure industries in Australia – as governments and the private sector seek to plan, procure and deliver the projects Australia needs to boost productivity and ensure sustainable growth.

In the past five years MinterEllison’s construction team has been the lead adviser on more than 150 nationally significant construction and infrastructure projects and disputes. We focus on client requirements in the broad areas of infrastructure (social and economic), procurement and project delivery, property development, energy and resources, dispute resolution and prevention, contract administration, and legislative and regulatory requirements.

Our construction experience extends beyond Australia. In Asia, we have extensive experience and are recognised leaders in construction law in Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China.

Our team delivers comprehensive advice on construction and infrastructure development, particularly in project delivery models (including relationship-based and collaborative models), traditional procurement methods, and risk management strategies. Our clients represent the leading participants at all stages of the project lifecycle – developers, principals, financiers and investors, and a number of state governments and agencies.

With more than 30 years’ experience advising businesses in the sector, we thoroughly understand the complexities of the construction and infrastructure industries. We apply this knowledge to provide innovative and practical solutions, delivering the best commercial outcomes for our clients.

8 December 2016

On 30 November 2016, the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 (Cth), which re-establishes the Australian Building and Construction Commission

8 August 2016

Universities who engage contractors, consultants, manufacturers, suppliers and other parties to perform construction work or supply construction-related goods and services in Australia will be subject to Security of Payment legislation.

20 May 2016

Does Security of Payment apply to Universities? Yes! Universities who engage contractors, consultants, manufacturers, suppliers and other parties to perform construction work or supply construction-related goods and services in Australia will be subject to Security of Payment legislation.

Published February 2017

An annual compendium of security of payment cases in all Australian jurisdictions, accompanied by commentary on legislative developments and trends.

11 May 2015

A recent decision has clarified that the Federal Court is unable to receive submissions on an appropriate penalty (or range of penalties) from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).  This represents a significant change to the settlements process under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA) and, because it affects all current or contemplated negotiations with the ACCC, is likely to have a chilling effect on future settlements.