Prequalification

For all Major Works and for consultants, agencies must ensure that:

  • where appropriate prequalification categories exist, contracts are awarded to contractors/consultants with the appropriate prequalification registration (Instructions 1207, 1215, 1216); and
  • where subcontractors are to be engaged by a contractor and the value of the work to be done by the subcontractor exceeds the Major Works thresholds for building construction or roads and bridges, the subcontractor also holds the appropriate prequalified registration, where an appropriate prequalification category exists (Instructions 1207, 1215); and
  • where sub-consultants are to be engaged by a consultant, the sub-consultant also holds the appropriate prequalified registration, where an appropriate prequalification category exists (Instruction 1216).

Where an agency wishes to engage a contractor or consultant who is not prequalified and applicable categories exists, an exemption must be approved by the Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance.

Treasurer's Instruction 1207

Treasurer's Instruction 1215

Treasurer's Instruction 1216

Prequalification - general information

Government is the largest regular purchaser of services from the building construction industry and recognises that with this purchasing power, it has the right and obligation to ensure that the:

  • industry companies are known to government;
  • government's risks are properly managed by companies with which government may enter into contracts; and
  • skills and performance of these companies are of an appropriate quality.

Treasurer's Instructions 1207 and 1215 require that prequalified contractors and consultants must be used in specified circumstances. Details are set out in the table below.

Business Category

Prequalification is required by ...

For ...

Scheme

Building Construction

Consultants

All contracts where appropriate prequalification categories exist.

Treasury consultant prequalification scheme

Building Construction

Contractors

All major works where appropriate prequalification categories exist.

Note: For minor works, the use of prequalified contractors is optional.

  • Treasury contractor prequalification scheme; and
  • NPS

Roads and Bridges

Contractors

All major works where appropriate prequalification categories exist.

Note: For minor works, the use of prequalified contractors is optional.

Department of State Growth - Roads and Bridges prequalification scheme

Treasury Prequalification Schemes

The Department of Treasury and Finance administers three schemes:

  • the Treasury prequalification scheme for consultants for building construction and maintenance services;
  • the Treasury prequalification scheme for contractors for building construction and maintenance services; and
  • the Tasmanian component of the National Prequalification System for Non-residential Building (the NPS) for projects with a construction cost of $50 million or more.

Treasury has developed prequalification criteria for consultants, contractors and selected specialist subcontractors seeking to procure contracts for government building and engineering construction projects. The criteria are to "best practice" standards and are similar to processes used in other jurisdictions.

The prequalification criteria establish a reliable and objective assessment of the capacity of a firm to complete the work required and optimise the predictability of project outcomes, including time, cost and quality.

For consultants and contractors the prequalification criteria provide a consistent basis for marketing their abilities against any objective framework. It is the responsibility of the Department of Treasury and Finance to ensure that the required standards are matched as closely as possible to work or project needs.

The following information details the three prequalification schemes administered by Treasury, including the Tasmanian component of the national prequalification system for non-residential building.

Consultant Prequalification Scheme

The Department of Treasury and Finance maintains a Consultant Prequalification Scheme for building construction works in Tasmania, which provides a record of consultants qualified to offer professional services for Government building works.

Consultants are assessed on the following prequalification criteria:

  • technical experience and resources;
  • financial capacity;
  • project performance; and
  • quality assurance.

The prequalification criteria are applied in conjunction with the Australian Standard AS 4121-1994 Code of Ethics and Procedures for the Selection of Consultants. The Code sets out the ethics standards and the obligations of the Principal and consultants in the selection and appointment of consultants and sub-consultants through direct negotiations or invitation, proposal and selection process for the procurement of professional services in the construction industry. The Code establishes principles and standards of behaviour that must be observed by the client and by any consultant wishing to do business with the Government. AS 4120-1994 Code of Tendering covers the selection of contractors through the tender process.

Registration is separated into two groups, each comprising of four categories:

  • Strategic Services, which are activities strategic in nature, incorporating management and planning functions.
    Categories consist of: strategic asset management, project management, management of maintenance and heritage conservation planning; and
  • Major Project Design Services, which involve design and contract administration services, and requires the ability to deliver a comprehensive service, engaging sub-consultants as necessary.
    Categories consist of: architectural, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and site and civil engineering.

It is a requirement for prequalification that the consultant retain minimum levels of Professional Indemnity insurance and Professional Liability insurance.

For further information on the Consultant Prequalification Scheme, contact the Contracts Officer, Procurement and Property Branch, on (03) 6166 4220 or by email at prequalified@treasury.tas.gov.au.

Contractor Prequalification Scheme

The Department of Treasury and Finance maintains a Contractor Prequalification Scheme for building construction works in Tasmania, which provides a record of contractors qualified to offer construction services for Government building works.

Contractors are assessed on the following prequalification criteria:

  • technical capacity;
  • financial capacity;
  • management capacity;
  • time performance;
  • quality assurance; and
  • occupational health and safety.

Contractor registration is divided into the following categories:

  • Building Works - Institutional;
  • Building Works - Residential;
  • Electrical Services;
  • Mechanical Services;
  • Fire Services;
  • Building Systems - Monitoring and Control; and
  • Facilities Management and Maintenance.

For further information on the Contractor Prequalification Scheme, contact the Contracts Officer, Procurement and Property Branch, on (03) 6166 4220 or by email at prequalified@treasury.tas.gov.au.

National Prequalification System for Non-residential Building

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC), in conjunction with all states and territories, has developed a national prequalification system for non-residential building, known as the NPS. The national system applies to non-residential building projects where the construction cost estimate is $50 million and over.

The NPS prequalifies contractors for projects at and above the $50 million threshold in five categories: Construct/construct only; Design and Construct; Managing Contractor; Design, Construct and Maintain; and Relationship.

The NPS was implemented on 1 January 2011 and applies to procurements commenced on or after 1 March 2011. Generally, the same procurement requirements apply when engaging NPS prequalified contactors as for all other building construction major works projects. Some minor additional requirements apply and information on these is contained in the section on Major Works.

Information on the NPS, including copies of the Guideline, the Application Form and associated documentation is accessible on the APCC website.

For information on the NPS please contact the Contracts Officer, Procurement and Property Branch, Department of Treasury and Finance on (03) 6166 4220or by email at prequalified@treasury.tas.gov.au.

Department of State Growth - Roads and Bridges Prequalification Scheme

The Department of State Growth maintains a prequalification scheme for roads and bridges contractors based on the Austroads National Prequalification System for Civil (Road and Bridge) Construction Contracts.

Information on the use of these prequalified contractors should be sought from State Growth.

Lists of Prequalified Consultants and Contractors

For building construction, the Department of Treasury and Finance maintains a database of prequalified consultants and contractors for government only access. The database is accessible from the Tenders website.

Information on the contractors prequalified under the NPS is available by contacting the Contracts Officer, Procurement and Property Branch, on (03) 6166 4220 or by email at prequalified@treasury.tas.gov.au.

Information on the prequalification scheme for roads and bridges contractors should be sought from State Growth.

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