Role of Superintendent

The Superintendent's role is a complex one. It requires a sound understanding of the law of contract, substantial technical skills, and in particular, an understanding of the provisions of the particular project outcomes. This intensive and interactive training program teaches you how to confidently manage the various duties and dual roles of the Superintendent, and how to avoid common legal traps.


CPD 6 hours
Tailored in-house training can be arranged by request.
Cost Members: $1,701 (inc GST)
Non-members:  $2,277 (inc GST)

About the course

This program is delivered as a one-day course and can be delivered in-house tailored to meet the specific needs of your company.

The course begins with a thorough breakdown of the requirements, role and authority of a contract Superintendent and the key duties under this role including issuing directions, assessing claims and entitlements, and dealing with disputes.

While the first part of the day is conducted as an interactive information session, the second half of the day is workshop-based focusing on various "what if...?" scenarios. These are primarily based on previous court cases involving litigation surrounding the Superintendent's role. Using real examples from the consulting industry, you will become aware of tips and traps to help you manage your role as a Superintendent with greater confidence and ease.

Course Outline

  • The scope of a Superintendent's duties
  • How contract administration is treated in the main standard form construction contracts
  • The dual roles of acting as the client's agent and valuer, assessor, and certifier
  • The interplay between the contract the Superintendent is engaged under and that which they administer
  • Extensions of time, liquidated damages, and the prevention principle
  • Knowledge of the law required by a Superintendent
  • Reliance on other's advice
  • Superintendent's role when disputes arise, and challenges to determinations
  • Liability for breach of contract, professional negligence, or for infringing on TPA
  • Legal principles laid down by key court cases affecting Superintendents
  • Potential conflicts of interest
  • Insurance issues

Who should attend

  • Superintendents
  • Superintendent's representatives
  • Main contractor's representatives
  • Subcontract Superintendents
  • Directors of SME Practices
  • Those involved in the administration of engineering and construction contracts

Course Director

tony-horanTony Horan is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced barristers working in the construction industry in Australia. He is also a dynamic and engaging presenter, who utilises his extensive legal expertise to support the course material with real-life examples. Tony has represented and advised a range of building professionals and consulting engineers from all disciplines. He has over 20 years of expertise in resolving disputes regarding design and construction, copyright and insurance litigation, arbitration, mediation and other dispute resolution processes. He is a highly sought-after presenter, a member of the Victorian Bar and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

For the past 5 years, Tony has been voted by his peers (Doyles Guide) as one of Australia’s leading barristers specialising in construction and infrastructure.



More information 

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