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ABIC building industry contracts

The Australian Building Industry Contracts (ABIC) are jointly published by the Australian Institute of Architects and Master Builders Australia.

The 2018 ABIC contracts have now been launched, representing the most contemporary version of the most widely used building contract in Australia.

The release is the result of a comprehensive review and provides the market with an up-to-the-minute suite of standard form contracts for a variety of building works.

ABIC contracts are intended for use in building projects where an architect administers the contract. They are designed to make contract administration clear and less prone to dispute or time-consuming negotiation.

ABIC contracts bring certainty to the process. They have been extensively refined and field-tested, and feature:

  • plain English and a clear, logical structure that reflects the sequence of the construction process
  • equitable allocation of virtually all project risks to one party or the other, eliminating uncertainty and many potential disputes
  • an integrated suite of versions for major, simple and basic works, and for housing and non-housing projects
  • detailed supporting documents, including a user guide, template forms for the architect and the contractor

Selecting the right contract

There are different contracts for each state and territory and for various types of projects. Selecting the right ABIC contract can be critical to the success of a project.

Research ABIC contracts on the Institute’s Acumen Practice Notes.

Purchase the ABIC contracts and more at http://architecturecontracts.com.au/

ABIC contracts Description
ABIC MW 2018 Major Works

The Major Works 2018 contract is suitable for major non-housing or non-domestic projects in all states and territories. The MW contract should be selected to suit each individual project, taking account of its complexity, value and any specific project issues or requirements. The MW and the Simple Works (SW) contract both adapt monthly progress claims and payments. Compared to the SW contract, the MW contract also provides contract mechanisms for:

+urgent instructions +separable parts to the works (staged practical completion) +change of type of security +security from owner to contractor +dangerous or contaminated materials +encroachments +quality assurance systems +separate contractors.

ABIC MW 2018 H Major Works – Housing

Major Works Housing contracts are state and territory specific contracts for housing work, with appropriate conditions integrated into the contract to comply with state or territory housing legislation.

Further information on state specific housing contracts can be found on Acumen and can be purchased on the architecture contracts website.

ABIC SW 2018 Simple Works

The Simple Works 2018 contract can only be used for non-housing projects. The SW contract should be selected to suit each individual project, taking account of its complexity, value and any specific project issues or requirements. The SW and the Major Works (MW) contract both adapt monthly progress claims and payments. Compared to the MW contract, the SW does not provide contract mechanisms for:

--urgent instructions --separable parts to the works (staged practical completion) --change of type of security --security from owner to contractor --dangerous or contaminated materials --encroachments --quality assurance systems --separate contractors.

ABIC SW 2018 H Simple Works – Housing

Simple Works Housing contracts are state and territory specific contracts for housing work, with appropriate conditions integrated into the contract to address legal requirements of state and territory housing legislation.

Further information on state specific housing contracts can be found on Acumen and can be purchased on the architecture contracts website.

ABIC BW 2018 C Basic Works Commercial

The Basic Works 2018 Commercial contract is recommended for small or simple projects up to approximately $50,000 in value. It is a short-form contract where almost all detail and contract information is known and specified at tender and the commencement of the work.

It is best suited to projects like a commercial office fit-out or alterations and additions for non-domestic/housing/home building work.

This contract is not suitable for use on domestic, housing, residential or home building work, where the project is subject to the relevant legislation in that state of territory.

ABIC CP-2014 C Commercial Cost Plus

The Commercial Cost Plus contract is intended for use where an architect administers a cost plus contract. Costs plus is a contract form suited to circumstances where there is insufficient detail at the commencement of work for a final cost to be calculated. Depending on the option selected in the CP-2014 C, the fee is either a fixed fee or a percentage of the cost of the works.

CP-2014 C replaces the former FF/C contract, which is obsolete and should not be used.

ABIC EW-1 2003 Early Works

This contract is suitable for early works (demolition and/or groundworks including temporary works) where an architect administers the contract.

When purchased for use in Queensland, unique special conditions for commercial and industrial projects are included with the contract.

EW-1 2003 is also suitable for housing projects using the relevant special conditions included in the pack for the relevant state or territory, other than Queensland. (In Queensland, only single dwellings and duplexes are ‘housing’ in this sense, for which there is seldom a need for this form of contract.)