Managing Projects for Disputes and Claims

Claims and disputes are a common feature of construction projects in Australia and every business need teams who are alive to this risk and have the skills that can respond. This intensive 2-day interactive workshop is designed to provide the participants with the knowledge and practical skills and tools needed to understand and navigate this very real risk. The course is ideal for both those delivering projects, technical leads, project managers and commercial managers, as well as your in-house legal, finance and commercial teams.

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New 2021 dates coming soon!
ailored in-house training can be arranged by request.

Cost Members $2,800 (inc GST)
Non-members $3,600 (inc GST)
Group booking discounts are available for 5+ registrations

Course Directors

Kiri Parr

Kiri Parr
Kiri spent the first 25 years of her career as a construction lawyer, 15 of which as regional general counsel for Arup. She has handled some of the largest disputes facing professional service practices in Australia and has intimate knowledge of what it takes to build commercial and claim strategies on major projects.

Kiri is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne law school where she lectures on major projects, is actively involved in the FIDIC Contracts Committee, and operates her own consultancy firm as a specialist in project strategy.

As an active participant in Consult Australia for over 15 years, including as president from 2017 to 2019,, Kiri is passionate about improving outcomes in the construction industry.



Heidi Schweikert

Heidi Schweikert
Over the past 25 years, Heidi has managed teams of lawyers, Counsel, technical experts and technology specialists in construction and resources disputes specialising in large and complex claims. Heidi recognises the importance of project management skills and tools in managing claims and uses them to ensure our large disputes are run efficiently and delivered cost effectively.

Heidi also brings those skills and experience to major projects, working with clients to identify and manage risk throughout the project to improve delivery and to identify and minimise commercial risk and claims. Where it is not possible avoid risk altogether, we work to tailor creative dispute resolution and management solutions early with a view to maintaining commercial relationships.  

Having first used databases to manage complex disputes in the 1990s, Heidi has a particular interest in the strategic use of technology to improve outcomes for projects and claims. Heidi is a member of the Executive, Federal Litigation Section, Law Council of Australia and Chair of its Legal Technology Committee.  

In 2018 Heidi won the Lexology Client Choice Construction Award for Australia and she has appeared regularly in Doyles Guide for construction and commercial litigation since 2012.

Course cost includes

  • Full 2 day online training program
  • Training materials
  • Certificate of Attendance

Cancellation policy: A full refund will be made for cancellations received more than 20 working days prior to an event. Cancellations made between 5 and 20 working days from an event will incur an administration fee of $320 and the remainder of the course fee will be kept as a credit towards future courses. All cancellations need to be made in writing. NB refunds will not be given if a delegate fails to attend or cancels within 5 working days of the event. Substitutions can be made at any time without penalty. In the event that a course is cancelled by Consult Australia registration fees will be refunded in full however Consult Australia will not accept responsibility for delegate flights or accommodation for cancelled courses.

More information 

For more information contact the Consult Australia on 02 8252 6700 or via email