CCFA WA’s new series of Contract Administration & Commercial Awareness Seminars

CSI’s MD, David Court, is presenting a series of seminars to CCF WA members (and interested non-members).

You can view the CCF flyer here:
CCF WA Seminars


The dates are as follows. Please contact CCF WA (details on the brochure) if you want to attend.

Session 1 CCF WA Skill Centre
70 Verde Dr, Jandakot WA 6164
Thursday, 28 July
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$50/person $85/person
Session 2a CCF WA Skill Centre
70 Verde Dr, Jandakot WA 6164
Thursday, 25 August
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$50/person $85/person
Session 2b CCF WA Skill Centre
70 Verde Dr, Jandakot WA 6164
Tuesday, 20 September
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$50/person $85/person
Session 3 CCF WA Skill Centre
70 Verde Dr, Jandakot WA 6164
Thursday, 27 October
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$50/person $85/person
Session 4 CCF WA Skill Centre
70 Verde Dr, Jandakot WA 6164
Thursday, 24 November
4.00pm – 6.00pm
$50/person $85/person


From the flyer:

The public uproar that erupted recently after one of our largest mining companies unilaterally doubled its payment terms for payments relating to contracts over $3 million from 45 to 90 days has highlighted the issue of security of payments.

With the mining boom a fading memory, margins in commercial work constantly being driven downwards and contractors who had traditionally worked in different sectors of the industry now aggressively competing against you for the limited work available, it is now more essential that your business maximises its opportunities and minimises its risks during the contractual process.

Contract conditions can be onerous and, without the records to support your payment claims, all your hard work may end up being for zero return.

And in a typical business that works on a 5% margin, it will need to generate an extra $2.4 million in revenue to make up the lost profit on a $120,000 bad debt. David Court of Contract Solutions
International is conducting a series of seminars starting in July on Contract Administration & Commercial Awareness.

In these seminars, David draws on his three decades of experience in dispute avoidance and resolution services to contractors to provide practical advice, guidance and handout notes on:
• Negotiating and reviewing contracts
• Administering contracts in relations to programming, planning, delays and time extensions
• Closing contracts and capturing variations, and
• Avoiding and dealing with disputes.

Which sessions suit your needs?

Session 1: Negotiating and reviewing contracts, ensuring your terms and conditions are up-to-date and
appropriate, your program is appropriate for your scope of works and the risks you have agreed to take on.

Session 2a: All aspects related to contract administration from record keeping, ensuring timely payments, dealing with variations and similar contractual issues that can cost you time and money.

Session 2b: Contract administration related to programming, planning, disruptions, extensions of time etc;
implementing and maintaining basic planning programs to basic planning programs to preserve your rights to extensions of time and protection from liquidated damages. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Session 3: Closing contracts to ensure all variation works are captured and paid for, all delay and disruption impacts are acknowledged and paid for and all claims are submitted and/or resolved to ensure final payments are made and retentions are not wrongly withheld.

Session 4: Advice and guidance on how to deal with disputes at all stages of the contractual process; how to avoid or resolve disputes.

MPGA Seminars – Who can Afford Not To Be Paid?

CSI’s MD, David Court, is presenting a series of seminars for members of the Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association of WA.

“Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association of WA are conducting a series of Contract Admin sessions specifically designed to take you from pre-contract through to final account. This will provide our members with invaluable tips and advice on how to avoid disputes, maximize profits and resolve disputes if they become unavoidable”

You can view the MGPA flyer here:

MPGA Front Page

The dates are as follows. Please contact MPGA (details on the brochure) if you want to attend.

Session 1 MPA Skills Maylands 8 June 2016
4.30pm – 7.00pm
$50/person $75/person
Session 2a MPA Skills Maylands 15 June 2016
4.30pm – 7.00pm
$50/person $75/person
Session 2b MPA Skills Maylands 29 June 2016
4.30pm – 7.00pm
$50/person $75/person
Session 3 MPA Skills Maylands 6 July 2016
4.30pm – 7.00pm
$50/person $75/person
Session 4 MPA Skills Maylands 13 July 2016
4.30pm – 7.00pm
$50/person $75/person


Total cost for 5 sessions – Member = $250
Total cost for 5 sessions – Non-Member = $375

For further information feel free to contact Byron Davey, Operations/Membership Officer via email:


NECA Presentation – Good Contract Administration – A Nicety or a Necessity?

The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the Act) provides contractors with a simple, low cost, quick, powerful, legally enforceable and importantly lawyer-free means by which to settle disputed payments. However, recent feedback from members indicates that many are either unaware of the Act and how it can assist them in securing (wrongly) disputed payments, or of their entitlements in relation to prohibited provisions their clients impose on them in an attempt to delay or reject payment.

Majors Breakfast

CSI’s Managing Director CSI presents a talk for NECA WA breakfast.

David will impart some of his experiences and practical tips gleaned over the past two decades whilst working globally as a specialist contracts advisor working with and for contractors.
Presented with a light hearted anecdotal approach, David will demonstrate the important link between disciplined administration and the goal of minimising risk, maximising opportunity and therefore hopefully avoiding disputes.

As a Registered Adjudicator, David will also provide helpful hints and tips on what he and other Adjudicators consider make a strong Adjudication Application, should a payment dispute require third party determination under the Construction Contracts Act 2004.

Contract Solutions Does Movember!

CSI-MOMovember is about bringing back the moustache (Mo), having fun and doing good to change the face of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. Mo Bros take action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new moustache for the 30 days of Movember, and in doing so become walking, talking billboards for men’s health. Mo Sistas sign up and commit to supporting the men in their lives while helping to promote men’s health at home, in the workplace and within their community.

This Year, CSI has decided to get behind this great cause and have become Mo Bros and Mo Sistas for the month of November to raise much needed funds. You can support the CSI Team by donating on our “CSI Mo Town” Movember page by clicking on the link below.



Experienced Contracts Administrator Required

 Experienced Contracts Administrator Required to work on varied projects in Mining, Oil and Gas, Building & Civil Infrastructure

  • Availability – Immediately
  •  Location – Brisbane with travel

Contract Solutions International (CSI) is a privately owned consulting firm specializing in the Commercial, Contracts and Programme management for a diverse portfolio of clients. As a growing consulting firm, we have offices across Australia in Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, and Sydney, with a view to continual growth over the next 2 years to be across all of the states and territories. Due to a growing portfolio of projects we seek an experienced Contracts Administrator to join the team. To be successful in this role you will need to work on varied projects across multiple industries, have an clear understanding of the contractual obligations to meet the requirements of the contract, the project and the budget. Requirements:

  • A Tertiary Qualification in a Construction or Engineering related field;
  • Have a minimum of 8 years experience working as a Contracts Administrator or Contracts Manager;
  • Prior experience working with Contractor and Client teams;
  • Strong ability to communicate with Contractors and Clients;
  • Ability to generate EOT, Variations and Payment Claims
  • Ability to work cohesively within a team environment and achieve the best outcomes for the project.

As a company that prides itself on providing the best support and solutions for our clients, we are seeking a like-minded Contracts Administrator who is focused on delivery quality service and knowledge sharing to clients. To be considered for this role you must have permanent residency, and meet the requirements for the role description.

Adjudication – Security of Payment Provisions

CSI’s managing director David Court has been asked by the RICS to speak on the subject of Adjudication – Security of Payment Provisions.

David Court, a Registered Adjudicator and Managing Director of Contract Solutions International (CSI), will outline the numerous benefits available to contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers alike under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (Act).

Although this Act has been in place now since 1 January 2005, its benefits are still largely unknown in the Construction industry.

The talk will be on Tuesday, 2 July 2013 between 5.00pm and 6.30pm, and will be at the Theatrette, 152-158 St Georges Terrace.

For more information, and to book tickets, visit the TryBooking site.

CSI Sponsors RICS Queensland Golf Day

The Annual RICS Queensland Golf Day was held on 17 May 2013 at Virginia Golf Club.

Proud to be sponsoring the event for the first time, Contract Solutions International entered a team harbouring aspirations, more hopeful than real, of winning. The team was made up of Chris Clark (CSI), David Watts (SNC Lavalin), Jim Ross (PCI) and Frazer Beggs (FBPS). Despite going 3 under par after just four holes, the team failed to maintain its impressive momentum and ended the day 2 under par. The scorecard fluctuated between 3 under and 1 under during the round. The only real golfing prize for the CSI team was the straightest drive from Jim Ross, with other prizes coming from the raffle.

Chris Clark, the very definition of sartorial elegance in his matching corduroy pants and hat, captained the CSI team. When asked for a post-match analysis, Chris said

although disappointed at not winning it was all about charity today. Having said that, who could forget the highlights: my impressive 5 wood approach on the second hole setting up a birdie, an amazing up and down birdie on the third from Frazer, the monster drives from David — usually in the wrong direction — and the steadiness and consistency from Jim who hit every fairway.

The final putt on the 18th will go down as ‘miss of the match’ with everyone missing the hole from under 30cm away.

perhaps we were just tired at that stage

responded Chris when asked about the late plunge in standards.

RICS raised approximately $1000 from the day which is being donated to the Lighthouse Club construction charity. Thanks to all that took part.

Contract Solutions: Even More International

Contract Solutions have recently expanded their International presence to include offices in Singapore and Dubai. These new locations allow CSI to offer their specialist commercial, contract and programme management services to a wider range of markets and clients.

David Court, CSI’s Managing Director, was very enthusiastic about the future:

“We have wanted to firm up our footholds in the South-East Asian and Middle-Eastern construction markets. This move allows us to continue to build and develop the excellent relationships we have developed there.”

Contact us now to discuss how we can help.