Advice to improve public procurement of construction in NZ published

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
10 November 2015

The New Zealand government has published guidance aimed at improving the delivery of large construction projects in the public sector.

The advice on planning construction procurement has been published in five parts, covering: matching capability to complexity; developing the procurement strategy; adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) to boost productivity; risk and value management; and, health and safety and employment standards at work.

John Ivil, general manager at NZ Government Procurement, said: "While many government agencies are experienced in delivering construction projects, we have seen a big increase in construction activity by agencies that don’t regularly undertake construction activity. These projects leave a lasting impact on local communities and the New Zealand economy as a whole; it’s important they are managed well and deliver value for money."

The government spends around NZ$7 billion on construction and infrastructure. In addition to improving efficiency, the guides aim to help meet the government’s target of cutting fatal and serious workplace injuries by 25 per cent by 2020.

The guidance was welcomed by industry body Civil Contractors New Zealand. Chief executive Malcolm Abernathy said: “The important thing now is to ensure these guidelines are used and that all government agencies further develop their procurement capability. If that happens there will be significant savings for everyone involved.”

In addition to the guides, there are also a number of tools available including guidance on the construction life cycle, assessing market capability and a risk register template.

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