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COVID-19 – Stage 4 Construction Update

The Government has now provided a Stage 4 Construction Guidance From 11:59 pm on Friday 7 August the following changes will need to be adopted by all Melbourne metropolitan construction sites. A brief summary of some of the clarifications All sites must have a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan and must follow density restrictions of no …

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10 tips for preparing or amending your standard building contracts

Builders often rely on pro-forma contracts as they are standard and easier. But because they are standard, they do not always cover everything, so a builder may need to add special conditions.  Any additions to a standard contract need to be carefully considered to ensure they are consistent with the standard provisions and capture the …

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Prime Costs and Provisional Sums, why a lump sum allowance is not enough

How often have you heard a builder or owner say, “We’ll just put in an allowance for that and figure it out later”? But what if you actually build the home and get to the end of the works and then the owner turns around and says, “Well actually, the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 …

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