There are four main types of businesses / individuals that supply government agencies - goods and services suppliers, building and construction / roads and bridges consultants, building and construction contractors and roads and bridges contractors. Opportunities are also available for subcontractors but in all but a few circumstances, this work is sourced through head contractors, rather than the Government.
Goods and services suppliers
What do goods and services suppliers do?
Goods and services suppliers supply tangible supplies, for example computers, stationary and motor vehicles etc, as well as intangible supplies, for example accountancy services or training.
Are goods and services suppliers prequalified?
No. While there are some whole-of-government or cross agency standing offer/panel type arrangements in place for specific goods or services, there is no Government prequalification system for goods and services suppliers. If you would like to be included in the purchasing process it is important that government buyers know who you are and what you provide. See How to get known for more information.
Building and construction / roads and bridges consultants
What do building and construction / roads and bridges consultants do?
A consultant is an individual or organisation engaged temporarily to give advice or provide a professional, technical or general management service. Consultants for building and construction projects include architects, civil engineers and electrical engineers. For roads and bridges consultants are engaged to supply the majority of technical services in road design, planning, contract administration and small bridge design. Consultants may be competent in design and documentation of civil works, contract administration, planning, environmental/botanical studies, geotechnical or architectural studies.
Are building and construction / roads and bridges consultants prequalified?
Some. The Government prequalifies building and construction consultants in a variety of fields/categories. Prequalification is recommended if you are seeking to offer services to the government for any building or engineering projects as, where relevant categories exist, agencies are required to use only prequalified consultants. For further information see our Prequalification section.
Building and construction contractors
What do building and construction contractors do?
Building and construction contractors provide building construction or maintenance services. Contracting roles can include electrical services, fire sprinkler services, lifts, building management and building works.
Are building and construction contractors prequalified?
Yes. The Government prequalifies building and construction contractors in a variety of fields/categories. Contractors that wish to compete for Tasmanian Government building construction and maintenance services contracts should be registered as, where relevant categories exist, agencies are required to use prequalified contractors for all contracts with a value of $250 000 or more. Agencies are not required to use prequalified contractors for works costing less than $250 000, however, they may chose to do so.
For further information see our Prequalification section.
Roads and/or bridges contractors
What do roads and/or bridges contractors do?
Roads and/or bridges contractors provide services for major works such as road works or sealing works, bridge maintenance or minor works such as traffic signs. Contracting roles can include bridge painting, steel repairs, lead paint removal and concrete repairs.
Are roads and/or bridges contractors prequalified?
Yes. The Department of State Growth prequalifies roads and bridges contractors in a variety of fields/categories. Contractors that wish to compete should be registered as, where relevant categories exist, agencies are required to use prequalified contractors for all contracts with a value of $500 000 or more.
For further information, refer to the Department of State Growth's website.
Sub-contractors are generally engaged by the primary contractors, not the Government. To find work, subcontractors need to approach primary contractors directly.