Engineers Australia

Role of the Principal Contractor

Coreena Smith, Arup

An introduction to the role of the Principal Contractor, the level of skill and expertise necessary to fulfill the role and the risks and liabilities which companies and individuals assume when taking on this role. Summary discussion on the key legislative requirements and the different triggers that activate the principal contractor role, and in particular, the different work environments and contracting activities that may trigger such responsibilities. Specific focus is given to the approach that can be adopted by Consultants in managing their subcontractors’ compliance with OH&S requirements and dealing with the risk of assuming the Principal Contractor role.

Engineers Australia members participating in AGS technical sessions can record attendance on their personal CPD logs. Members should refer to Engineers Australia CPD policy for details on CPD types, requirements and auditing guidelines.