Construction General Works over $1 Million Scheme and Procurement List

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Date: 14 Apr 2015 - 31 Dec 2022
Updated: 27 Nov 2020
Managed: Public Works Advisory Contact owner
Type: Whole of government
Scheme Number: SCM1461
The scheme offers panels of prequalified contractors for construction and related works to service the requirements of NSW government agencies, state owned corporations, public institutions (such as universities) and NSW local government councils.

What's covered in this scheme and procurement list 

This scheme and procurement list cover general construction works valued above $1 million (ex. GST).

General construction works include:

  • Building works: multi-trade building works for new buildings and additions to existing buildings, including specialisations in heritage and modular building.
  • Fitout and refurbishment: this includes all fitout and refurbishment work, including final preparation of internal areas for occupation by the client in new and existing buildings.
  • Civil works: civil engineering works including excavation and bulk earthworks, minor roads and related works, water and wastewater infrastructure, and drainage works

The scheme and procurement list service these contract systems:

  • construction (C)
  • design and construct (DC)
  • managing contractor (MC).
What's not covered

What you need to know

  • General construction works have different requirements depending on whether they're above or below the $9 million ($9m) threshold established by PBD 2019-05 enforceable procurement provisions direction.
  • Suppliers need to meet legal, commercial, technical and financial standards to deliver construction and related works to NSW government agencies, state-owned corporations, public institutions (such as universities) and NSW local government councils. This relates to suppliers regardless of the threshold established by PBD 2019-05.

General construction works valued at $9m and over

  • General construction works valued at $9 million and over (ex. GST) are subject to enforceable procurement provisions outlined in PBD 2019-05.
  • For these works, a procurement list (PL) of eligible suppliers has been established.
  • The NSW Government invites domestic and international suppliers to apply for inclusion on the procurement list.
  • Only suppliers included on the procurement list may receive invitations from NSW Government agencies to make submissions for procurement of general construction works valued at $9 million and over (ex GST).
  • NSW Government agencies may invite all suppliers on the procurement list, or may invite only a limited number of suppliers, depending on their needs and resourcing.
  • NSW Government agencies may also seek to conduct negotiations directly with suppliers on the procurement list. This may include post-tender negotiations with the preferred tenderer.
  • Before completing an application for the procurement list (general construction works valued above $9 million), refer to the procurement list conditions.

General construction works valued between $1m and $9m

  • General construction works valued between $1 million and $9 million ($1m-9m ex. GST) are not subject to enforceable procurement provisions.
  • A larger list of suppliers is available for these works under the prequalification scheme (PQ).
  • Before completing an application for the scheme (general construction works valued between $1 million and $9 million), refer to the scheme conditions.

Eligibility to buy

You're eligible to buy through this prequalification scheme and procurement list if you represent a:

  • NSW government agency
  • state-owned corporation
  • public institution (such as a university)
  • NSW local government council.

Step-by-step guide to buying

  1. Make sure you understand your agency-specific procurement rules and guidelines.
  2. Depending on the value of the construction general works you're procuring, read the procurement list conditions DOCX, 229.33 KB (over $9 million) or prequalification scheme conditions DOCX, 226.65 KB ($1 million to $9 million).
  3. Make sure you understand the enforceable procurement provisions.
  4. Login to your eTendering admin domain to find the suppliers, or you can request the latest list by emailing ConstructionSuppliers@finance.nsw.gov.au.
  5. Seek submissions via your eTendering admin domain.

Always seek submissions in accordance with your agency rules (or a minimum of three suppliers) using the key principles of:

  • value for money at all times
  • criteria set out in the terms and conditions of the procurement list or prequalification scheme, as applicable (legal capacity, financial capacity, commercial ability, and technical ability)
  • any other agency-specific requirements.

Note that unaccredited agencies must comply with the assurance process for construction procurements (as outlined in the construction procurement accreditation program) for any general construction works valued over $1.3 million (ex. GST).

NSW Government agencies and related clients can use and access further information on these contractors through the guidelines for agencies. DOCX, 201.09 KB

Visit the Construction category page for contract templates.

Please note: Prequalification of a contractor does not extend to related, associated or subsidiary business entities owned or controlled by the contractor or its joint ventures to which the contractor is a party.

Suppliers who have pre-qualified under the scheme are available via your eTendering admin domain, or email ConstructionSuppliers@finance.nsw.gov.au for lists and advice.

Eligibility to supply

Any organisation, international or domestic, who has an Australian business number (ABN) and meets the conditions of participation is eligible to apply for inclusion in the prequalification scheme or procurement list.

Applicants can check their eligibility using the eligibility checklist in the applicant guidelines.

Step-by-step guide to supplying

  1. Assess your eligibility to supply by using the self-assessment tool in the applicant guidelines.
  2. Ensure you’re registered on Supplier hub and your profile details are up-to-date.
  3. Familiarise yourself with the conditions and applicant guidelines for either works up to $9 million, or works over $9 million.
  4. Complete an online application form by logging into Supplier hub and submit an application for the prequalification scheme or procurement list.
  5. Once your application is approved, you're ready to commence submissions for construction general works up to the threshold established by PBD 2019-05, or above the threshold, depending on your approval level.
  6. When lodging a submission in response to an invitation or open tender, make sure you follow all agency-specific processes and requirements.

Please note: Prequalification of a contractor does not extend to related, associated or subsidiary business entities owned or controlled by the contractor or its joint ventures to which the contractor is a party.

Guidelines and conditions

Check the Resources tab on this page for links to guidelines and conditions.

Construction general works resources:

Procurement list resources for works over $9M:

Prequalification scheme resources for works $1-9M:

NSW Government agencies and related clients can use and access further information on these contractors through the guidelines for agencies. DOCX, 201.09 KB

How to manage complaints and disputes

If a complaint or dispute occurs, both the buyer and the supplier must first seek resolution at the agency level.

Buyers: check our complaint management guidelines online.

Suppliers: make your complaint to the agency customer service representative or procurement area agent. If you can't reach resolution, you can escalate your complaint internally to someone more senior in the agency, or directly to the agency head.

If the dispute cannot be resolved by mutual agreement of both parties, you can escalate the complaint to NSW Procurement.

Contact NSW Procurement via our details on this site if you need more advice.