What is Unique about the Government Contract?

Tuesday 16th October, 2018 4:00 pm – Tuesday 16th October, 2018 5:00 pm
The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 5, 160 St Georges Terrace PERTH

Like humans and chimpanzees, 98% of contractual DNA is shared between contracts involving a government party and those involving no government party. The principles of offer, acceptance and consideration apply to the same extent when one party is a government agency. However there also key differences. In the residual 2% lie risks and opportunities for both parties. This presentation will consider unique aspects of the government contract that advisers to both government agencies and the private sector should be aware of. It will address the sources of and limits on the government’s contracting power, the nature of government entities and who can bind the government, the peculiar nature of grants and public utilities and the principle that contracts cannot fetter executive or legislative action.

Level: Intermediate

  • 0.5 points Competency 2 Professional Skills
  • 0.5 points Competency 4 Substantive Law



Pamela Hass - Chair
General Counsel
Legal Services
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Simon Thackrah
Senior Lawyer
Legal & Legislative Services
Department of Communities

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