Sydney, 8 June 2011: Infrastructure
delivery is becoming an increasingly critical issue for all
governments in Australia, so it is imperative that they explore as
many innovative mechanisms to deliver their infrastructure
Chairing the recent Clayton Utz 'Dispute Resolution Boards
on Major Projects' panel session, Clayton Utz's head of
construction and major projects, Professor Doug Jones AM, told attendees that
Dispute Resolution Boards (DRBs) are uniquely
placed to assist the incoming New South Wales Government to deliver
on its commitment of addressing the State's infrastructure
A DRB is established at the start of the project, meeting
regularly to proactively deal with any potential issues before they
arise. Whilst DRBs have been in existence since 1987, 80% of all
known DRB contracts in Australia and New Zealand have occurred in
the last eight years. As yet, none of the disputes arising during
the course of the project have been referred to the courts,
highlighting why DRBs are an essential dispute avoidance
"DRBs are of critical importance to large-scale and
high-profile government projects, and will assist to deliver
projects on time and on budget," said Professor Jones.
Commenting on the NSW Government's commitment to address the
State's infrastructure needs Professor Jones said: "It is
obvious from the seminar's strong attendance that pursuing
innovative and best practice mechanisms to deliver much needed
infrastructure needs on budget and on time is a high priority for
the O'Farrell Government.
"Clayton Utz is equally committed to providing innovative,
cost-effective and timely results, which is why we're promoting
the use of DRBs in the infrastructure sector," said Professor
The panel - which addressed approximately 100 contractors and
government representatives - also included Ian Payne (Sydney Water
Corporation), Ron Finlay (Dispute Resolution Board Australasia) and
David Hudson (Leighton Holdings).
The panel session formed part of Clayton Utz's Government
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