Prequalification / Registration

Can I register for Goods and Services?  

Generally, no. There are no whole-of-government prequalification schemes for the provision of goods or services (unlike for building and construction/roads and bridges).

There are a small number of whole-of-government / common-use contracts that are advertised when they are open for new member and some agencies run their own multi-use lists as well as their own panel contracts.

Whole-of-government / common-use contracts are detailed at Contracts.

What do I need to do to become prequalified?

For selling goods and services there is no registration process.

Building and construction prequalification is managed by the Department of Treasury and Finance. Information on how to register as a consultant or contractor is located here.

Roads and bridges prequalification is managed by the Department of State Growth. Information on how to become a prequalified contractor can be located on the Department of State Growth website. Interstate contractors already prequalified with another participating road authority may seek to have their prequalification status recognised by State Growth and a  'Registration Form' (for Mutual Recognition') can be downloaded from the State Growth website.

Who do I contact to register for building and construction work?

The Procurement and Property Branch within the Department of Treasury and Finance manages the Treasury building construction consultant and contractor prequalification schemes. The Department also manages contractor registration and mutual recognition under the National Prequalification System for Non-residential Building (the NPS).

You may register by downloading the consultant or contractor registration forms from the Registering for Business section of this website.

The application forms for the National Prequalification System for Non-residential Building are located on the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council website.

Further information on these schemes may be obtained from:

Contracts Officer
Deeds Building
21 Murray Street
HOBART   TAS   7000

Ph: (03) 6166 4220

Email prequalified@treasury.tas.gov.au

Does building and construction prequalification guarantee me work?

No. Prequalification is only an indicator that you are capable of performing work in certain categories and within certain financial limits. It does not guarantee that you will be invited to undertake work.

How long does prequalification for building and construction work take?

You should allow approximately six weeks for processing an application.

What happens when the assessment for building and construction registration is completed?

You will be advised of the results of the assessment in writing. Following assessment you may be assessed as being:

  • prequalified for that category;
  • prequalified, but in another category or financial range; or
  • unsuitable for registration in that category.

Who do I contact to prequalify for roads and bridges work?

The Department of State Growth is responsible for all road and bridge prequalification. 

For further information please go to the Department of State Growth website

How long does the prequalification process for roads and bridges work take to assess?

Applicants will be notified in writing regarding which, if any, prequalification category(s) and financial level they have achieved within a minimum of six weeks of receipt of their application (providing all relevant information was included) unless significant issues arise during consideration of an application in which case further information may be sought.

What happens when the prequalification application assessment for roads and bridges work is completed?

Applicants will be notified in writing regarding which, if any, prequalification category(s) and financial level they have achieved within a minimum of six weeks of receipt of their application (providing all relevant information was included), unless significant issues arise during consideration of an application in which case further information may be sought. Such notifications will include, where warranted, any specific restrictions or conditions applicable to the contractor's prequalification status.

A list of prequalified contractors is also published the Department of State Growth's website.

How long is prequalification valid for?

Prequalification for:

  • building and construction contractors is for two years;
  • building and construction consultants is for three years; and
  • roads and bridges work is for a maximum of three years.

Building and construction consultants and contractors will be advised in writing when their registration is due for renewal.

Renewal requests for road and/or bridge contractors are advertised in the newspaper and on the Tenders website.

How do I appeal a prequalification decision?

Roads and Bridges

If a contractor is not satisfied with any decision in relation to prequalification, the contractor may either request a review of the original decision, or lodge an appeal against the decision. Further information can be found in Section 6.4 Reviews and Appeals of the 'Guidelines' located on the Department of State Growth's website.

Building and Construction

National Prequalification System for Non-residential Building (NPS)

If a contractor is not satisfied with a decision made in relation to prequalification under the NPS, the contractor may request a review of the decision. If the contractor is not satisfied with the outcome of the review, an appeal may be lodged. While the NPS is a national system, appeals and reviews should be lodged with the jurisdiction that made the original decision.

Further information is contained in the National Prequalification System for Non-residential Building Guidelines which are available on the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council website or from the Manager, Contracts (refer contact details below).

Treasury Prequalification Schemes

If not satisfied with a decision made in relation to prequalification under the Treasury Prequalification Schemes for Consultants or Contractors, you may appeal the decision by writing to:

Manager, Contracts
Procurement and Property Branch,
Department of Treasury and Finance,
GPO Box 147, Hobart, Tasmania, 7001
or by email to prequalified@treasury.tas.gov.au

What is a building and construction Performance Report?

The performance of prequalified contractors and prequalified consultants is required to be assessed, rated and the results recorded by agencies. These performance reports are accessible by government agencies for evaluating future contracting or consulting submission.

Prequalified suppliers will receive a copy of any report relating to their work and are given the opportunity to comment on any adverse findings.

Why is the building and construction performance report important to me?

A report that records poor performance may impact on your prequalification status or any requested upgrades.

Does a poor performance report affect my building and construction registration?

It may. Performance reports are used to make decisions relating to your registration and selection as a consultant/contractor.

What are the required Professional Indemnity Insurance levels for consultants engaged in building and construction projects?

The minimum level of professional indemnity insurance that must be held for prequalification is $1 million.

The minimum level of professional indemnity insurance that must be held for each project, based on contract level, is set out in the table below.

Contract ValueMinimum PI Insurance
Up to $2 million$1 million
>$2 million to $4 million$2 million
>$4 million to $25 million$3 million
Above $25 million$5 million

Agencies are required to undertake a risk assessment in relation to each project and may adjust the insurance levels according to the assessed risk.

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