Practitioners Toolkit

The Practitioners Toolkit includes key documents, guidance and information relating to the Ministerial Directions and Guides.

Important Notices

Release of revised Ministerial Directions for Public Construction Procurement in Victoria – June 2018

On 1 July 2018 new principles and procedures replaced the former Ministerial Direction No.1 - Tendering provisions for public construction, Ministerial Direction No. 2 - Contractual provisions for public construction and Ministerial Direction No.4 - Construction requirements for a community fire refuge.

The new principles and procedures are presented in the Ministerial Directions and Instructions for Public Construction Procurement in Victoria (effective 1 July 2018).

The Ministerial Directions and Instructions are supported by non-mandatory Guidance. for Public Construction Procurement in Victoria (effective 1 July 2018).

Refreshed standard form contracts were released on 1 July 2018 to complement the new Directions and Instructions, refer to Practitioners Toolkit - Standard form contracts.

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

View other Practitioner Toolkit notices.

Procurement methods and related contracts

Contracting requirements (Direction and Instruction 7.1) requires contracts to be in a form approved by the Secretary to the Department of Treasury and Finance.  Collectively, these contracts are referred to as the Victorian Public Construction Contracts. Standard form contracts are available for the following procurement methods:

  • Construct-only (major works)
  • Construct-only (minor works)
  • Design and construct

Contracts for the engagement of suppliers of construction services (long and short forms) are also available.

Contracts also need to meet the contracting principles set out in Contractual terms and conditions (Direction and Instruction 7.2).

Practitioners Toolkit – Standard form contracts presents standard form contracts available for general use.

Transitional provisions apply for Agencies using other types of contract, refer to the Fact sheet - Transitional provisions for the introduction of the new Ministerial Directions for Public Construction Procurement available at Practitioners Toolkit - Fact sheets for public construction procurement.

Use of the Victorian Public Construction Contracts (Instruction 7.1.2) provides limited circumstances when an amended Victorian Public Construction Contract or alternative form of contract may be used. Please contact the Construction Policy Team at or call 03 9651 5300 for further clarification.

Other useful tools and templates

Request for Tender Conditions for use with the Victorian Public Sector model AS 4300-1995 and Victorian Public Sector model AS 2124-1992 (June 2018). Contains the Conditions of Tendering and the Tender Returnable Schedules.

Toolkit for the Management of Solid Waste from Civil and Construction and Demolition Sites, Environment Protection Authority

This Toolkit has information for civil and construction industry practitioners to help them meet their environmental legislative requirements for the correct management of solid waste from civil and construction and demolition sites.

Health and Safety in Construction Procurement, WorkSafe Victoria

This guide provides practical guidance to practitioners who procure, commission, manage and maintain government building and construction projects. The guide includes advice about how to integrate health and safety into the main phases of the construction procurement process and is intended to assist agencies to fulfill their duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

Further information

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

Reviewed 02/07/2018
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