Practitioners Toolkit

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

Important Notices

VPS Special Conditions for AS2124 and AS4300 refreshed – January 2018

The Special Conditions of Contract for use in association with AS2124-1992 and Special Conditions of Contract for use in association with AS4300-1995 have been refreshed and are available for use. Practitioners should ensure that they use the current version of the relevant Special Conditions. The refreshed Special Conditions are available at Practitioners Toolkit – Standard form contracts.

 Agency staff should contact the Construction Policy Team on 03 9651 5300 or email if they need a summary of changes taking effect. Note that the refreshed Special Conditions do not address the Building Code. Contact Industrial Relations Victoria via email if the Building Code applies to your project.

View other Practitioner Toolkit notices.

Procurement methods and related contracts

Ministerial Direction No 2 – Contracting provisions for Public Construction requires contracts to be in a form approved by the DTF Secretary and to meet contracting principles set out in the Ministerial Direction.

The Guide to Ministerial Direction No 2 – Contracting Provisions for Public Construction sets out forms of contract approved for general and agency specific use for a range of procurement methodologies:

  • General contraction - construction only
  • General construction – minor construction only
  • Design and construct
  • Design only / consultancy services related to construction works
  • Alliancing
  • Public Private Partnerships

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

Applying for use of a non-standard form contract

The Guide to Ministerial Direction No 2 – Contracting Provisions for Public Construction allows an agency’s Accountable Officer to approve the use of an alternative form of contract or amended form of contract without agreement of the DTF Secretary where special circumstances exist.  Please contact the Construction Policy Team at or call 03 9651 5300 for further clarification.

Where departments or public bodies wish to use an alternative form of contract please contact the Construction Policy Team at or call 03 9651 5300.

Other useful tools and templates

Model conditions of tender for use with all delivery methods.  

Contact to request a copy.

This Practice Note helps public construction procurement practitioners determine when a procurement is ‘public construction’.  Although there are some types of procurement that are relatively easy to categorise as public construction, in practice there are a lot of grey areas.

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 fulfil 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 16/05/2018
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