Criteria for building consultants to prequalify

Who needs to prequalify

If you're a building industry consultant seeking government building project commissions above certain values, you must be prequalified through the Prequalification (PQC) System first.

A 'building industry consultant' is considered an organisation or individual contracted directly to the Queensland Government to provide services relating to a government building project.

We regularly engage building industry consultants from various disciplines, including:

  • architects and landscape architects
  • civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers
  • quantity surveyors and project managers.

Government departments use the PQC System to source building industry consultants when the consultancy fee is either:

  • greater than $60,000
  • less than $60,000 (where the service risk rating is 3 or 4).

You may also seek prequalification for consortia or joint ventures with other consultants. The PQC System facilitates consortia or joint ventures between consultants who wish to take on commissions larger than they could achieve alone.

What's involved in prequalifying

To become prequalified, you must assess yourself against prescribed criteria.

Successful applicants are awarded 1 of 4 PQC levels, ranging from effective work practices (PQC Level 1) to leading-edge practice in a global context (PQC Level 4).

The services involving government building project commissions are rated according to their risk. Service risk ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 4 (highest).

A building project usually requires several different services, and each could have a different risk rating.

The project manager for each project determines the PQC service risk rating using guidelines developed for the PQC System.

To be able to submit proposals for government building project commissions, you must:

  • be appropriately registered in the PQC System
  • have a PQC level that matches or exceeds the PQC service rating.

Note: Prequalification makes you eligible to compete for government building consultancies, but it doesn't guarantee work. You must still go through the submission, review and acceptance process.


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