Construction law is the area of law that deals with the legal issues that arise during the construction of buildings and other infrastructure projects. This includes issues such as contract formation and administration, disputes between parties, building regulations and compliance, and liability for defects and injuries.
In Victoria, Australia, construction law is governed by a combination of federal, state and territory legislation, as well as common law. Some of the key laws that apply to construction in Victoria include:
- The Building Act 1993, which sets out the framework for building regulations and building control in Victoria.
- The Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002, which provides a framework for the payment of progress claims and disputes resolution in the building and construction industry.
- The Fair Work Act 2009, which governs the rights and obligations of employers and employees in Victoria, including in the construction industry.
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, which sets out the duties of employers and other persons to ensure the health and safety of people at work, including in the construction industry.