Important notices relating to the Practitioners Toolkit.
A new version of the Victorian Public Sector General Conditions of Contract for Minor Works (VPS MWC September 2017 ) has been released and is available for use. Practitioners should ensure that they use the current version. The refreshed Minor Works Contract is available at Practitioners Toolkit – Standard form contracts. Minor changes have been made to variation provisions.
The Commonwealth Code for the Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016 is effective.
If your project contains a Commonwealth funding contribution, please contact Industrial Relations Victoria via email email@example.com
The Environment Protection Authority has published a Toolkit for the Management of Solid Waste from Civil and Construction and Demolition Sites. The Toolkit contains information to help procurement officers and construction project managers meet their environmental legislative requirements for the correct management of solid waste from works sites.
The Victorian Government has implemented a Supplier Code of Conduct effective from 1 July 2017.
Construction contracts will not be amended to refer to the Code. Practitioners need to amend RFT, RFQ, EOI etc templates to require the Commitment Letter either as a stand-alone document or as a returnable schedule.
The Construction Supplier Register is in the process of seeking Commitment Letters from suppliers on the register. During this transition period practitioners should check with the Construction Supplier Register team as to the status of that work and to determine if you need to ask for a Commitment Letter or not.
The Practice Note on defining ‘public construction (DOCX 242kb)’ assists public construction procurement practitioners to determine when a procurement is ‘public construction'.
Further amendments have been made to the Guide to Ministerial Direction No 1 for public construction (MD1 Guide) with effect from 1 March 2017.
Amendments have been made to the MD1 Guide as part of the Government’s agenda to reform construction procurement. These changes expand the MD1 Guide to include best practice guidance relating to tendering of public construction.
The amendments include a combination of general principles, specific requirements and non-mandatory guidance highlighting good practice options to achieve the following policy objectives:
The Ministerial Directions for public construction are updated with effect from 1 December 2016.
Amendments affect Ministerial Direction No 1 (PDF 148kb), Ministerial Direction No 2 (PDF 140kb), and the Guide to Ministerial Direction No 2 (PDF 163kb).
In summary, the key changes made include:
Ministerial Direction No 3 sets requirements for constructing public buildings in bushfire prone areas. These requirements are now addressed by the Building Regulations following an amendment that took effect from 30 September 2016.
Ministerial Direction No. 3 is revoked with effect from 1 December 2016.
The Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) was updated with changes taking effect from 1 September 2016.
Key changes include the introduction of a mandatory minimum 10 per cent weighting for VIPP Plans/Local Industry Development Plans in tender processes.
If the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) applies to your project, you will need to include project-specific VIPP clauses in your tender and contract documents.
Local Jobs First / VIPP has a number of practical guidance documents, including VIPP model clauses for tender documents and contracts. The refreshed VPS Special Conditions for both AS2124-1992 (September 2017) and 4300-1995 (September 2017) contain contractual provisions addressing the VIPP.
Please seek advice from your Agency’s legal or procurement specialists and/or contact the VIPP team at DEDJTR (or 13 22 15) to confirm that you are using appropriate terms for tender and contract documents for VIPP projects.
The Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG) came into effect from 1 January 2016.
Under the MPSG all publicly funded works contracts valued at or over $20 million (inclusive of GST) will be required to use local apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of the total estimated labour hours.
For publicly funded works contracts valued under $20 million, adoption of the MPSG is non-mandatory, however all Victorian departments and agencies are to encourage tenderers to adopt the MPSG.
If the MPSG applies to your project, you will need to include project-specific MPSG clauses in your tender and contract documents. The refreshed VPS Special Conditions for both AS2124-1992 (September 2017) and 4300-1995 (September 2017) contain contractual provisions addressing the MPSG.
Please seek advice from your Agency’s legal or procurement specialists and/or the MPSG team at DEDJTR (or 1300 208 575) to confirm that you are using appropriate terms for tender and contract documents for MPSG projects.
For more information in relation to public construction policies contact the Construction Policy Team on 03 9651 5300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.