General Construction Works up to $1M Scheme
The scheme has 2 lists of prequalified contractors:
- registered contractors for works valued up to $250,000
- certified contractors for works valued between $250,000 and $1 million.
Range of services
There are several work categories related to general construction, building services and trades to select from. Some of these categories will require the contractor to hold the necessary licenses.
Building works (multi-trade)
Maintenance, small extension and repair of building work requiring more than one trade.
Major extension/alteration to existing building and/or construction of new building requiring knowledge and experience of all building trades. The Head Contractor on the site engaging and managing all sub trades.
Building heritage restoration
Restore/refurbish various building fabrics including - carpentry, detail joinery and cabinet making, slate or copper roofing, lead work repairs, stonework repairs or repointing, french polishing, lead paint removal, specialist colour matching and painting skills.
Interior fitout (refurbishment) including ceiling and partitions
Refurbishing or construction of new internal office fit out including partition, joinery, suspended ceiling systems, carpet, electrical and mechanical work. The Head Contractor on the site engaging and managing all sub-trades.
Building remediation works
Fixing fire-damaged works to existing buildings including structural repairs and mechanical matters. Supply and fix incomplete/leftover building works by for example builders in liquidation. Building works may include fixing internal partitions, doors, ceiling, kitchen cabinets, gutters, waterproofing buildings, wet area floors, and other minor building works.
Total or partial demolition of buildings/structures involving manual demolition and/or the use of machinery inclusive of capping and/or termination of services. Removal of hazardous materials (not including asbestos). Must hold either DE 1 or DE 2 Demolition License.
Construction of minor and major civil engineering works comprising bulk earthwork, excavation, compaction, road work, car parks, pipe laying with or without shoring and dewatering, small water and sewerage treatment plants, marinas, pontoons, major hard landscaping and some soft landscaping.
Building mechanical HVAC
Construction, supply, installation, commissioning and operational maintenance of minor and major mechanical building services, in systems such as air conditioning, evaporative cooling, mechanical ventilation, refrigeration, dust extraction and boilers installations including low, medium and high temperature HW and steam.
Construction, supply, installation, commissioning and operational maintenance of minor and major electrical services in buildings including HV installations and LV external reticulation of cabling systems, switchboard installation, cabling systems, internal wiring and accessories, lighting installations, exit and emergency lighting, telephone block cabling and conduiting for other related electrical services.
Lift and escalators
Supply, installation and making good of lifts, Lift cars and escalators. Works include workshop drawings, escalators, escalator machinery, lift cars, lift machinery, doors, electrical, associated equipment, materials and fixings with final commissioning and end-user training.
Supply, installation and making good of security systems. Works include disconnection, connection, programming of existing systems, wiring (Iinternal and external), sensors and associated equipment, materials and fixings with final commissioning and end-user training.
Applicants must comply with NSW Security Licensing requirements in accordance with Security Industry Act 1997, where applicable.
Hydraulic services (plumbing) and fire sprinklers
Supply and installation of pipework for all aspects of potable water, sewerage, fire, gas, drainage, stormwater and fire systems inside and outside of the building fabric. Works range from minor to major contracts.
Supply and installation, delivery, testing, commissioning, quality assurance and certification of pipework, fittings and controls, for all aspects of fire systems services, both inside and outside of the building fabric. Works range from minor to major contracts.
Surface preparation and application of protective coatings and paint to all types of surfaces internal and external. Works range from minor to major contracts.
Supply, installation and making good of flashings, ties, lintels, brickwork and associated materials. Works to be carried on internal and external of new and existing buildings. Scaffolding supply generally included in description.
Supply and installation of concrete fabric such as slabs (raft, suspended, composite), footings, columns, walls paths and driveways, including preparation of surfaces, i.e. laying of plastic membrane, reinforcing mesh, formwork and checking levels.
Supply and installation of various fences, including security, safety, decorative, temporary and associated materials and fixings.
Carpentry and joinery
Works to be carried on internal and external of new and existing buildings. Scaffolding supply generally included in description.
Supply and installation of joinery units to specified details, including skirting, architraves, cupboards, shelving, benches, doors, jambs and hardware, with shop drawings where necessary. Supply of all materials, plant tools, equipment, transport and labour as found necessary.
Aluminium windows and doors
Supply, installation and making good of new and existing aluminium windows and doors. Works include workshop drawings, aluminium windows and door frames, trims, flashings and associated materials and fixings. Works range from minor to major contracts.
Roof sheeting / roof plumbing
Supply, installation and making good of new and existing roofs, awnings and covered walkways. Works include roof sheeting, flashings, guttering, downpipes, associated materials and fixings. Works range from minor to major contracts.
Metal work and structural steelwork
Fabrication, welding and installation of metalwork to approved shop drawings, including handrails, balustrades, louvers, bollards, grab-rails etc. supply of all materials, plant tools, equipment, transport and labour as necessary. Works range from minor to major contracts.
Supply, installation and making good of new and existing structural steelworks. Works include workshop drawings, structural members, bracings, cleats, ties, bolts associated materials and fixings. Works range from minor to major contracts both subcontracting and as the principle contractor. Works range from minor to major contracts.
Major soft and minor hard landscaping including minor earthworks, turfing, mulching, planting of native, exotic plants and shrubs and bush regeneration. General fixed maintenance period required after contract completion date.
Set out, supply, installation and making good of new and existing tiling. Supply of all materials, plant, tools, equipment, transport, protection and labour as necessary. Works range from minor to major contracts.
Supply of all materials, plant, tools, equipment, transport, protection and labour as necessary. Preparation of substrates. Carry out rendering including patching of existing surfaces, supply scaffolding as necessary.
Under the new WHS laws asbestos removal work continues to be licensed. A licence for friable asbestos removal work is now a ‘Class A’ asbestos removal licence and a licence for bonded asbestos removal work is now a ‘Class B’ asbestos removal work licence under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation).
Residential Building Works
Any work that is residential building work under the Home Building Act 1989 which involves construction of a dwelling, or alterations or additions to a dwelling. It also includes repairing, renovating, decorating or applying protective treatment to a dwelling.
Financial checks and insurances are not required at time of application, however proof of appropriate financial capacity and insurance cover must be provided before an agency can award work to the contractor.
The scheme provides a single online, low-cost approach to prequalification for businesses undertaking work in these categories.
It has been updated to reflect the NSW Government’s Action Plan: A ten-point commitment to the construction sector.
Buyers may use eQuote to engage with contractors on the scheme, from obtaining quotations through to managing the award of contract.
The contractor must be prequalified under the scheme before the date of issue of the request for tender (RFT). Only then can the agency engage the contractor under this scheme.
All terms and conditions of the scheme are provided in scheme conditions PDF, 330.47 KB.
Download the agency guidelines PDF, 247.01 KB for more information.
How to apply
Contractors can apply to become a registered contractor to be eligible for work valued up to $250,000 and/or a certified contractor to be eligible for work valued between $250,000 and $1 million. Two separate applications are required.
Applications for prequalification for construction work valued up to $1 million are made online on eTendering.
Download the applicant guidelines PDF, 449.63 KB for more information.
The application process collects data to assist in increasing opportunities for Aboriginal-owned businesses, small to medium enterprises and local businesses in regional areas. Data will also be used to assess the current capacity and capability of all applicants and a contractor’s willingness to expand their business into other regions if suitable opportunities are offered.
How to update your details
As part of the reform of the scheme, existing suppliers should update their details PDF, 1701.2 KB to align with new requirements.
This process also allows an existing applicant to resubmit their application to have more work categories and capabilities added to their profile.
Go to the View/Modify Application tab on eTendering. Here you can edit your company profile and office details, edit an already approved application, or apply for new work categories and capabilities.
How to manage scheme requests
Contractors are required to provide information through the online lodgement process to enable the Department to assess the application.
Download the scheme conditions PDF, 330.47 KB