In this issue we look at the basis on which interest can be claimed in construction contract disputes and we discuss the changes announced by the government in April to stimulate the construction and infrastructure sectors post COVID-19.

We feature an insightful article by Bassam Maghzal, which discusses the ‘examination of issues associated with the use of NZS Conditions of Contract’ report delivered in August last year. Maghzal comments on the state of the construction and infrastructure sectors and reviews steps which have been, and which could be, taken to address the issues raised by the report.

We feature reviews of three new publications by eminent construction law author Donald Charrett and we review some recent noteworthy Construction Contracts Act cases.

In Case In Brief we look at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Pty Ltd v Bulgana Wind Farm Pty Ltd [2020] VSC 126 in which the Victorian Supreme Court recently confirmed as good law the ‘true rule’ of contract construction that was established in 1982 in Codelfa Construction Pty Ltd v State Rail Authority of New South Wales.

CONTENTS
  • Claiming interest in construction contract disputes
  • The construction sector; Will anything change? 
  • COVID-19: Government signals major construction and infrastructure effor for economic recovery 
  • Book review: The Application of Contracts in Developing Offshore Oil and Gas Projects
  • Book review: The Application of Contracts in Engineering and Construction Projects
  • Book review: The International Application of FIDIC Contracts: A Practical Guide
  • Case In Brief – Interpreting written contracts – the Victorian Supreme Court’s view on the ‘true rule’ – Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Pty Ltd v Bulgana Wind Farm Pty Ltd [2020] VSC 126
  • New and noteworthy Construction Contracts Act case law