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11 February 2014 | Gurjit Degun
New guidance is to help the Australian government provide a consistent procurement and contracting approach for road, bridge and non-residential building projects.
The Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and Austroads have put together the Building and Construction Procurement Guide. It responds to a range of issues raised by industry regarding member agencies’ procurement practices and risk allocation in contracts.
The guidelines outline a process for developing procurement strategies and establish a series of common tendering and contracting principles. APCC said all Australian states and territories have agreed to these.
The document also provides information about recent developments in the use of interactive and collaborative procurement processes and project techniques.
Rod Hook, APCC council chairman, said the guidelines were developed in consultation with industry, along with the road transport agencies and financial management agencies of each of the states and territories.
Andrew Milazzo, Austroads chairman, said that while Austroads and APCC members work in different parts of the construction sphere, the organisations faced similar issues and challenges.
“This initiative is a prime example of what can be achieved by collaborating on matters of mutual interest. In practical terms, use of the guide will make a real difference to how we procure and deliver projects in the future,” he said.