The Construction Supplier Register Guideline to pre-qualification criteria for consultants
The Construction Supplier Register [CSR] is the whole of Victorian Government pre-qualification scheme for building and construction industry suppliers.
The CSR supports the implementation of Ministerial Direction No 1 - Tendering Provisions for Public Construction, which specifies the procedures to be followed by Victorian Government Departments when they call tenders for public construction projects, including for the provision of construction-related consultant services.
The CSR’s consultant pre-qualification categories are based on recognised services and areas of specialist practice in the Australian building industry. For most categories applicants must hold suitable university degree qualifications or the equivalent. In addition to formal qualifications the CSR may also consider industry experience and involvement such as:
While the CSR has no mutual recognition arrangement in place with other pre-qualification schemes consideration may be given to existing pre-qualification:
The Construction Supplier Register [CSR] pre-qualifies entities that can legally enter into a contract with the Victorian Government for construction works or services.
Legal entities for the CSR pre-qualification purposes are:
Overseas companies may also be eligible, with consideration given on a case-by-case basis.
To be eligible for pre-qualification the applicant must clearly demonstrate that the core business of the entity is in construction-related professional services that fit the CSR’s consultant pre-qualification categories.
The CSR consultant pre-qualification criteria focus on building and construction industry experience, expertise and qualifications including:
The individual or partner applying for pre-qualification must hold relevant educational qualifications and any required registrations [for example Registered Building Practitioner certification].
A company director / proprietor applying for pre-qualification must hold relevant educational qualifications and any required registrations [for example Registered Building Practitioner certification].
In some cases, where there are separate practices or disciplines within a business [such as large multi-disciplinary companies] a full time senior employee must hold relevant educational qualifications and required registrations.
In such cases the CSR reserves the right to grant or refuse pre-qualification.
For some pre-qualification categories a company director or key permanent manager [such as a ‘practice’ manager] must hold suitable Registered Building Practitioner [RBP] certification.
The CSR considers the applicant’s business management experience. This can include experience as a company director / proprietor with the applicant company or with another legal entity whose core business was providing the relevant construction-related professional services.
The CSR considers the applicant’s experience and professional competence as a principal consultant in their professional field, including relevant experience as a senior employee of others, for example as the head of a department or discipline, or as a senior practitioner, taking account of the role and responsibilities.
The entity applying for pre-qualification should have been in business providing relevant construction-related professional services in its own right for at least two years as:
Evidence of successfully completed recent projects/commissions relevant to the pre-qualification categories being applied for. The evidence submitted should include examples of commissions that you have won in open competition, such as a public tender or expression of interest process, as well as work-in-hand and other commissions / projects of significance you wish to highlight, including any supporting documentation. The names of independent project referees must also be provided for each example of previous work.
The CSR contacts the referees nominated by the consultant in their application. Referees complete a Pre-qualification Questionnaire, covering a wide range of project performance criteria. The CSR assess the consultant’s ability to meet the stated and implied needs of Victorian Government department clients by discussing the consultant’s past project performance with nominated referees. The CSR consultant referee questionnaire covers a wide range of performance criteria including:
A copy of the blank questionnaire form is available from the CSR.
Evidence of current Professional Indemnity insurance and Public Liability insurance for the entity applying for pre-qualification.
CSR Category Qualifications and mandatory registrations
Architects, architectural companies and architectural partnerships must hold up to date registration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria to be eligible for pre-qualification with CSR.
Must be Registered Building Practitioner certification as EC Civil / Structural Engineers may also seek pre-qualification in Geotechnical Engineering.
Must be Registered Building Practitioner certification as EE Electrical Engineers may also seek pre-qualification in Communications Engineering.
Must be Registered Building Practitioner certification as EM
Must be Registered Building Practitioner certification as EF
Must be Registered Building Practitioner certification as QS
Registered Building Practitioner certification as a Draftsperson - Architectural (DP-AD).
Suitable tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in the building and construction industry. Eligibility for full membership of the Australian Institute of Project Management.
A suitable tertiary degree or equivalent qualification in Interior Design awarded by a recognised Australian tertiary education institution. Registered Building Practitioner certification as a draftsperson – Building Design – Interior [DP-ID].
A degree or equivalent qualification in a recognised Landscape Architecture course awarded by a recognised Australian tertiary education institution and/or Eligibility for full membership of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Must be registered building practitioner certification as BS.
The CSR also manages the following pre-qualification categories which require evidence of one or more of:
For more information on these categories you should contact CSR