Typical Characteristics of Contract Work

When determining the applicable prequalification category, the Participating Agency will consider the predominance of characteristics for each project, rather than considering a single characteristic in isolation. For example; for a roadworks contract to be classified as R1, at least 5 of the 10 typical characteristics for R1 would need to be substantially applicable to the contract concerned.

General Features of Works

  • Typically rural or semi-urban works with minimal traffic and issues.
  • Minor works including simple construction, reconstruction and widening.


  • Earthworks to a maximum of 2m in cut or fill.


  • Simple granular pavements with sprayed seal surfacing.


  • Minor culvert work (RCP < 600 mm diameter only, no more than two bays) and reinforced concrete works.


  • Roadside furniture (e.g. signs, safety barriers).

Traffic Management

  • Non-complex worksite traffic management.
  • Typically AADT<100 vehicles/day.


  • Nil.

Subcontractors / Consultants

  • Nil.

Stakeholder / Project Management

  • Non-complex project management.

Cultural Heritage and Environmental Management

  • Low level environmental management.
  • No to low cultural heritage.
  • Majority of work in previously disturbed ground within road footprint.

Minimum Requirements: Company Experience

Minimum period of operation (approximate)

  • 3 years as a head contractor or 4 years as a major subcontractor.

Experience in Successfully Delivering Contracts

  • Sound experience with at least 2 relevant projects successfully completed in the last 3 years

A relevant project is a project which demonstrates the Applicant has the expertise and capacity to successfully deliver a R1 project and contains many of the characteristics of a R1 project. For example, a substantial residential industrial subdivision may be a relevant project for R1.

Demonstrated Performance

  • The Applicant has not been responsible for a failure to complete a contract
  • Good general performance on relevant contracts.

Minimum Requirements: Company Resources and Technical Capability

Organisational / Managerial Structure

  • The Applicant’s company structure and management structure are appropriate for the scale of projects to be undertaken in the applicable category.


  • The Applicant has sufficient personnel available to undertake R1 projects.

Key Personnel Active in the Entity's Roadworks Operations

  • Key personnel have the qualifications and experience relevant to the duties and responsibilities of their nominated position.
  • At least one project manager is a qualified civil engineer with at least 3 years relevant experience in road/bridge works;
    if not qualified, at least 10 years relevant experience in road /bridge construction)
  • *Key professional/para-professional personnel and supervisory staff each have 2 years experience in road construction contracts

Plant and Equipment

  • The Applicant has demonstrated the capability to provide the plant and equipment required to properly resource R1 contracts.

Minimum Requirements: Management Systems

Quality Management

  • An independently audited system that meets the requirements of a checklist to be provided by the Assessing Agency
    Third party Certified to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 by a JAS-ANZ accredited conformity assessment body.
  • Satisfactory corporate quality policy and example quality plans and ITP plans

Where third party certification of management systems is required, the independent auditor that assesses the Applicant’s management systems against the checklists or certifies the Integrated Management System must be:

  • engaged by a conformity assessment body accredited by the Joint Accreditation System for Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) to the relevant standard (http://www.jas-anz.com.au), or
  • registered by Exempla Global (or equivalent), with experience in the civil construction industry (refer: www.exemplarglobal.org).

Third party certificates must state that the certification specifically applies to road / bridge construction. A reference to other categories alone (eg civil construction) is insufficient.

Work Health and Safety (WHS)

  • An independently audited system that meets the requirements of a checklist to be provided by the Assessing Agency
    Third party Certified to AS/NZS 4801 by a JAS-ANZ accredited conformity assessment body.
  • Satisfactory corporate WHS policy and example WHS plans
  • Evidence of successful utilisation of the WHS system on relevant projects
  • No unresolved major non-conformances from its certifying body
  • No unresolved Improvement Notices or Infringement Notices from a regulatory body
  • Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate for the past three years are similar to or less than industry averages.

Accreditation under the Australian Government’s Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme is deemed to satisfy the WHS requirement for prequalification at all levels.

Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

  • An independently audited system that meets the requirements of a checklist to be provided by the Assessing Agency
    Third party Certified to AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 by a JAS-ANZ accredited conformity assessment body
  • Satisfactory corporate environmental policy and example environmental management plans

Traffic Management

  • Satisfactory system in place for the management of traffic at worksites through properly trained and accredited in-house resources or established sub-contract arrangements.
  • Satisfactory example traffic management plan appropriate to the category applied for

Subcontractor Management

  • Satisfactory approach to the management of subcontractors and evidence of fair dealing with subcontractors.
  • Referee comments are generally positive and no issues have been raised regarding subcontractor management.

Partnering/Relationship Management

  • Has successfully participated in partnering/relationship management at a level relevant to category R1 and demonstrates a positive attitude and willingness.

Community/Stakeholder Engagement

  • Nil