Public construction policy and resources

Under the Project Development and Construction Management Act 1994 (Vic) public construction consists of any matter relating to the construction, maintenance, rehabilitation, alteration, extension or demolition of any improvements on land by, or on behalf of, departments and public bodies.  

This includes:

  • design and construction practices;
  • tendering processes;
  • project delivery; and
  • contract administration.

The Minister for Finance is responsible for prescribing policy relating to Victorian public construction procurement including tendering and contracting procedures and mandatory practices for public construction. These policies apply to all departments and public bodies engaged in construction procurement.


From 1 July 2018 new principles and procedures will replace the old rules. The new principles and procedures are presented in the Ministerial Directions for Public Construction Procurement in Victoria.

The Ministerial Directions are supported by:

Refreshed standard form contracts will be released on 1 July 2018 to complement the new Directions and Instructions.

Fact sheets presenting summaries of the new Ministerial Directions and comparing them to the old rules are available at Practitioners Toolkit - Fact sheets.


The Department of Treasury and Finance provides support and advice to the Minister for Finance in relation to public construction policy.

For more information in relation to public construction policies, contact Construction Policy.

Reviewed 28/06/2018
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