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Procurement of Construction Products - A guide to achieving compliance

2nd Edition

This Guide is an important and valuable contribution to the efficiency and reliability of the building and construction industry.  It is intended to increase awareness, provide guidance, understanding, and improved decision making in the procurement and compliance issues of construction products.
It is expected that the Guide will provide procurers with greater clarity, reduce confusion and assist in the area of the conformance of construction products in Australia.
The Guide fills an existing void by providing a solid non-regulatory and invaluable tool for the procurement of construction products in Australia and providing a level of confidence for all stakeholders involved in building and construction project delivery.
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Client Skills: Skills required by Government as the Construction Industry Client 

Governments as major clients within the construction industry have a significant impact on project outcomes through their practices and through the conduct of public sector procurement processes and therefore, are a major influence on the construction industry and its performance.  Construction procurement is often complex, inherently risky, and requires specific skills and expertise to optimise outcomes. Governments as ‘clients’ have specific responsibilities when engaging with the construction industry.

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National Code of Practice 1997 

The National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry (the Code) expresses the principles which Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments agree should underpin the future development of the construction industry in Australia.

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Improving Project Documentation

Poor procurement and project management can often be traced back to insufficient planning and documentation, inadequate design briefs and a lack of clear understanding of the various roles and responsibilities. In addition, unrealistic expectations, inappropriate allocation of risk and inexperienced staff contribute to poor process and outcomes.
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The building and construction industry in Australia has been unable to consistently ensure that participants are paid in full and on time for the proper performance of work, despite contractual obligations to do so. This problem is one of the most complex and controversial issues in the industry today. It is usually labelled “security of payment”.
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National Code of Practice for Construction Industry - TBPG - 1999

The National Code and these Guidelines encourage co-operation, ethical behaviour, continuous improvement and best practice by clients and service providers in the construction industry  .In addition, it is expected that employer and industry associations and unions will contribute to the achievement of best practice standards in the industry.
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This guide applies to traditional government procurement and recognises that increasingly government and private sector providers are collaborating in the planning, funding, delivering, operating and disposal of infrastructure.

Governments are also adopting a coordinated whole-of-government approach to infrastructure provision for greater efficiency in delivery of services, presenting all concerned with increased complexity in terms of the nature of projects and in relation to the choice of appropriate selection processes.
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Professional Indemnity Insurance Guidelines

These Guidelines have been prepared by the Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) to assist Australian, State and Territory government agencies to determine the level of Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) which may be appropriate to the services they require from consultants in the building and construction industry.




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The use of rigorous information analysis at the beginning of a project has the greatest potential to significantly improve the whole project.  This guide sets out a framework of leading practice methods for achieving those improvements.




ASBEC - The Second Plank - Building a Low Carbon Economy with Energy Efficient Buildings

It is vital for government and the community at large to recognise the evidence showing the valuable role that demand side management and energy efficiency in the building sector can play in GHG abatement. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) Climate Change Task Group (CCTG) research shows that better designed commercial and residential buildings provide some of the most affordable forms of greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement in the economy. Significant gains are available now without the need to invent and apply new technologies. They do not involve substantial risk or uncertainty and would provide significant gains now and into the future. 


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The National Public Works Council Inc ("NPWC") (among many others) has been examining the problem of security of payment in the Building and Construction Industry for a number of years.  There have been numerous reports and studies undertaken into the issue which have suggested a variety of solutions but there is no empirical data available which quantifies or analyses the extent of the problems with security of payment as suggested by anecdotal evidence.  

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In determining the amount of each progress payment and the final payment the value of work executed shall be increased or decreased in accordance with this Provision and the Schedule hereto.

The Guide provides a contemporary outline to assist those responsible for delivering and managing built assets to community and service delivery needs.


Building and Construction Procurement Guide: Principle and Options
Guidelines released by Austroads and the APCC provide a consistent procurement and contracting approach for road, bridge and non-residential building projects across Australian government.
The guidelines specifically respond to a range of issues raised by industry. They outline a process for developing procurement strategies and establish a series of common tendering and contracting principles which have been agreed to by all Australian states and territories.

Building and Construction Procurement Guide: Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling is the latest resource in a series of nationally important BIM initiatives to accelerate the adoption of project team integration (PTI) and Building Information Modelling (BIM). This Guide is a companion to the Austroads and APCC Building and Construction Procurement Guide – Principles and Options released in 2014.







The Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) and the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) have produced two important and valuable guides to help the construction industry improve productivity.
The Case for Project Team Integration, and The Project Team Integration Workbook contain straightforward ways to improve project team collaboration and performance. They make a strong case for early integration of project team members, to get the best from all disciplines that can contribute to good project outcomes and, where it is used, from Building Information Modelling (BIM). 



The Framework for the Adoption of Project Team Integration and Building Information Modelling (Framework)
The Framework is designed to guide and assist industry stakeholders in the adoption and implementation of project team integration and Building Information Modelling (BIM). 
This is the first time that government and industry have come together to collaborate and coordinate on a cohesive national approach to the effective adoption of BIM. 
The release of the Framework signals a ‘whole of industry’ approach to what will be ‘business as usual’ in the very near future.

Guide to Successful Project and Asset Delivery:
Getting it right up front

This provides a snapshot of the processes involved in planning, designing and constructing capital works assets and includes existing complementary resources produced by ACIF and APCC available to inform those processes.  The focus of this Guide is the front end of projects – project initiation, project delivery planning, delivery team procurement, and project delivery. It does not deal in detail with the full span of project management techniques or practices.