Registrations now open.

If you come into contact with contracts or are involved in contract-making in the course of your work, a basic knowledge of contract law can help you avoid legal problems down the track. It can also provide an early alert to seek specialised legal advice.

This 2-day workshop is designed to provide a foundation understanding of contract law for non-lawyers. In a format that includes hands-on problem solving and ample opportunity for questions, this workshop explains difficult concepts in easy to understand terms.

Who should participate

This course is open to anyone who wants to gain a basic understanding of contract law.



QUT Gardens Point
2 George St
Qld 4001


Tuesday 30 - Wednesday 31 October 2018 (2 days)


Fee type Cost
Group registrations of 5 or more (20% discount) $1,600 (GST included) per person
QUT staff (10% discount)$1,800 (GST included) per person
Standard registrations $2,000 (GST included) per person

Fees include:

  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.


For more information about course content or assessment, contact the School of Law.

For registration or payment queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.

Registrations now open.

Course outline

Formation of contracts

  • Agreement
  • Intention
  • Consideration

Negotiation of contracts and potential pitfalls

  • Pre-contractual statements
  • Misrepresentation
  • Australian Consumer Law Section 18 - misleading conduct
  • Equitable estoppel

Content of contracts

  • Promissory terms - conditions, warranties and intermediate terms
  • Exemption clauses
  • Other terms

Ending contracts

  • Performance
  • Agreement
  • Frustration
  • Termination for breach

Other factors invalidating contracts

  • Mistake
  • Australian Consumer Law Sections 20, 21, 22 and unconscionable conduct
  • Australian Consumer Law Part 2-3 and Unfair Contract Terms


  • Damages
  • Specific performance and injunction
  • Australian Consumer Law Part 3-2
  • (Div 1) and Consumer Guarantees

Workshop facilitators

Professor Des Butler is the author or co-author of 21 books and articles on contract law, media law, liability for psychiatric injury and higher education. He is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the United Kingdom Higher Education Academy and has received numerous awards for his innovative learning and teaching practices.

Dr Bill Dixon has taught contract law for the last 12 years. Bill completed his doctorate on the topic 'An Examination of the Common Law Obligation of Good Faith in the Performance and Enforcement of Commercial Contracts in Australia'. He is a co-author of 11 books together with many other publications.

Registration info

Registrations now open.


You must pay online by credit or debit card (unless you are a QUT staff member). You must pay when you register. We'll automatically email you an invoice, which you can use as proof of payment. If you need an official receipt, email Continuing Professional Education.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.

QUT staff discount

To receive the 10% discount for QUT staff, email Continuing Professional Education before registering to request a VIP discount code. QUT staff must use their QUT email account.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the course manager at Continuing Professional Education.

If you withdraw prior to two weeks before the start date of the course, we will refund your tuition fees minus a $100 administration fee. Refunds are not available within two weeks of the course start date.

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.