What is prequalification?
Prequalification is an assessment of a supplier's financial, managerial and technical resources and competence to execute and complete a variety of work - in advance of an actual procurement process being undertaken. Prequalification classifies suppliers according to their expertise and capability in specific work categories within a specific financial range.
Government policy requires agencies to engage prequalified contractors for building construction projects and roads and bridges projects, above certain thresholds, where relevant prequalification schemes apply and where relevant categories exist within those schemes. These schemes are administered by either the Department of Treasury and Finance or the Department of State Growth. Regardless of value, government policy also requires the use of prequalified building and construction / roads and bridges consultants where relevant categories exist. This scheme is administered by the Department of Treasury and Finance.
If you are a building construction/roads and bridges contractor or a relevant consultant, you are encouraged to apply for prequalification.
Goods and Services suppliers are not prequalified on a whole-of-government basis.
What is the prequalification process?
A simple flowchart below sets out the process. Further information on each step is located below the chart.
The information below relates only to those scheme administered by the Department of Treasury and Finance. For information on the roads and bridges contractors scheme administered by the Department of State growth, refer to how to register for Roads and Bridges work.
To apply for prequalification you will need a prequalification application form and the supporting documentation. To access the guidelines and application forms, refer to how to register for Building and Construction work.
Application is assessed
Your application is assessed against the criteria specified in the guidelines to determine your suitability to undertake work in the category and financial range for which you have applied.
This assessment will determine if you have demonstrated satisfactory relevant experience and performance in the categories for which prequalification is being sought.
Supplier advised of outcome
Following a detailed assessment, you will be:
- prequalified in that category;
- prequalified in another category or financial range; or
- determined as unsuitable for prequalification.
The results of this assessment will be advised to you in writing.
Opportunity to appeal outcome
If you are dissatisfied with the assessment outcome, and wish to have the decision reviewed, you can lodge an appeal.
Prequalification for contractors is for two years. Prequalification for consultants is for three years. Consultants and building and construction contractors will be advised in writing when their registration is due for renewal.
At any time during the registration period, you may apply for an upgrade or change to your existing prequalification categories and limits.