Whether it’s assumption of excessive liability, unrealistic time bar clauses or onerous tendering processes, small architecture practices in Australia can find themselves subject to harsh contractual terms when dealing with larger parties with whom they have little bargaining power.

Now, however, protection of sorts may be at hand. Courtesy of changes enacted last year, the unfair contract protections enjoyed by consumers under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 have been extended to cover small businesses. This means that subject to certain conditions, contractual terms to which small business including…