Building and Construction

Building and Construction Consultants

Prequalification is available for consultants seeking to offer services to the government for all building and engineering construction projects. Also known as registration, prequalification establishes a reliable and objective assessment of the capacity of a firm to complete the work required and optimises the predictability of project outcomes, including time, cost and quality. Prequalification is separated into two categories:

  • Strategic Services which are strategic in nature, incorporating management and planning functions.
    Roles include: 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.
    Roles include: architectural, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and site and civil engineering.

Where appropriate prequalification categories exist, agencies are only able to engage prequalified suppliers (unless extenuating circumstances exist and an exemption from this requirement is approved by Treasury). Use of prequalified suppliers is not required for specialised services that are not encompassed by one of the registration categories.

Prequalification does not automatically guarantee an engagement or an invitation to submit a proposal but the register is often used to identify who is capable of performing the required work and then consultants are selected and asked to submit an offer. Consultants are classified according to their expertise and capability in specific work categories and financial ranges.

Prequalification is valid for three years.

Applying for prequalification

When completing an application for prequalification as a consultant it is very important that you provide enough information for an assessment to be made and that you provide a professionally completed application.  At a very high level the following information will be required.

Before you commence filling in your application you need to read the guidance informatoin (refer Resource Centre panel to the right) as this document sets out important information and detailed requirements.

A link to the application form for prequalification is also located in the Resource Centre panel to the right.

Company information

Background information on your company.

Financial information

Your business' financial viability.

Insurance

Evidence of Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.

Quality assurance

Evidence of your company's quality assurance certification.

Organisation and resources

Information on your business' resources, location and management structure.

Employees

Information on your business' professional team.

Experience and performance

Details of projects from the last five years that are relevant, especially government project experience.

Value adding

Value-adding processes that have been used in the past three years.

Referees

Contact details for three referees who can comment on each category for which registration is being sought.

 Click here to find out more on the prequalification process.

Building and Construction Contractors

Prequalification is available for certain categories of contractors seeking to undertake works for the Government in relation to building construction projects. Contractor registration is divided into two schemes. For non-residential building with a construction cost estimate of $50 million or above, contractors should register for the National Prequalification System for Non-residential Building. For all other building and construction works, contractors should register with the Treasury Prequalification Scheme.

The aim of prequalification is to classify contractors according to their expertise and capability in specific work categories and in a specific financial range.

Information on both of these systems is set out below.

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 was implemented on 1 January 2011 and applies to procurements commenced on or after 1 March 2011.

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 system allows contractors prequalified in one jurisdiction, to apply for mutual recognition of their prequalification, in any other jurisdiction at any time.

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

For information on registering, or being mutually recognised, in Tasmania contact the Contracts Officer, Procurement and Property Branch, Department of Treasury and Finance on the contact details below.

Treasury Prequalification Scheme

The Department of Treasury and Finance maintains a contractor prequalification scheme for prequalification outside of the NPS.

Contractors who wish to offer services to the Tasmanian Government for building construction and maintenance services should be prequalified with the Government. This is because where suitable categories exist, agencies are required to engage only prequalified contractors for procurements valued at $250 000 or more.

Contractor prequalification 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.

Contractor prequalification is not required for specialised services that are not included in the registration categories.

Note: Building services maintenance contractors are prequalified but residential maintenance contractors are not. If you are a residential maintenance contractor you should contact individual agencies and request the opportunity to bid for work. See How to get known for some marketing tips.

Being prequalified under the NPS will also result in registration for the category of major works: building works institutional under this scheme. Prequalification under any other category will require a separate application.

Prequalification is valid for two years.

Applying for prequalification

When completing an application for prequalification as a contactor it is very important that you provide enough information for an assessment to be made and that you provide a professionally completed application.  At a very high level the following information will be required.

Before you commence filling in your application you need to read the guidance informatoin (refer Resource Centre panel to the right) as this document sets out important information and detailed requirements.

A link to the application form for prequalification is also located in the Resource Centre panel to the right.

Company information

Background information on your business.

Financial information

Your business' financial viability.

Quality assurance

Where applicable, information relevant to quality assurance.

Organisation and resources

Information on your business' resources, location and management structure.

Employees

Information on your business' professional team.

Experience and performance

Details of projects from the last five years that are relevant, especially government project experience.

Statutory obligations

All contractors wishing to do work for the Government must comply with all statutory obligations, including:

  1. Occupational health and safety
    You are required to submit evidence that you are committed to health and safety management systems and that you comply with the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.
  2. Long service leave
    You must register with TasBuild Limited and comply with the Construction Industry (Long Service) Act 1997.

Referees

Contact details for three referees who can comment on each category for which registration is being sought.

 

Lodgement of an application for registration constitutes a contractors agreement to comply with the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry.

Click here to find out more on the prequalification process.

 

Contact

Contracts Officer (Prequalification)
Chris Robertson
GPO Box 147
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: (03) 6166 4220
Email: prequalified@treasury.tas.gov.au