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National Prequalification System for Civil (Road and Bridge) Construction (2017 Edition)
  • Publication no: AP-C96-17
  • ISBN: 978-1-925451-67-2
  • Published: 9 August 2017

The National Prequalification System (NPS) delivers a harmonised framework for roadworks and bridgeworks construction contracts. Companies wishing to submit tenders to Australian road agencies for these contracts must be prequalified under the NPS.

These guidelines have been prepared as a template for road agencies to adapt for use within their local jurisdiction. They can be downloaded as a PDF or Word file from the supporting documents tab.

Companies should not use this version of the guidelines to submit their applications for prequalification or mutual recognition. Each road agency has produced a local version of the guidelines that can be downloaded from their website.

The 2010 report National Prequalification System for Civil (Road and Bridge) Construction Contracts provides an overview of the development of the NPS. The operational guidelines in that report have been superseded by these Guidelines.

  • 1. Introduction
    • 1.1. Background
    • 1.2. Scope
    • 1.3. Applications
    • 1.4. Mutual Recognition
  • 2. Prequalification Categories and Financial Levels
    • 2.1. Overview
    • 2.2. Specialist Categories
    • 2.3. Financial Levels
  • 3. Prequalification Requirements
    • 3.1. General
    • 3.2. Full Prequalification
    • 3.3. Conditional Prequalification
    • 3.4. Unincorporated Joint Ventures
    • 3.5. Overseas Contractors
    • 3.6. Exclusions
  • 4. Assessment Criteria
    • 4.1. Technical Capability
    • 4.2. Financial capacity
  • 5. Assessment Process
    • 5.1. Assessment of Applications
    • 5.2. Notification
    • 5.3. Upgrading Prequalification Status
    • 5.4. Cost of Assessment
  • 6. Maintenance of Prequalification Status
    • 6.1. General
    • 6.2. Provision of Updated Information
    • 6.3. Prequalification Status
    • 6.4. Show Cause Notice
    • 6.5. Suspension
    • 6.6. Downgrading
    • 6.7. Cancellation
    • 6.8. Reviews
    • 6.9. Appeals
    • 6.10. Cost of Reviews and Appeals
  • 7. Tendering as a Prequalified Contractor
    • 7.1. General
    • 7.2. Joint Ventures
    • 7.3. Prequalification Checks Prior to Awarding of a Contract
  • 8. Terms and Conditions of Prequalification
    • 8.1. General
    • 8.2. No Guarantee of Work
    • 8.3. Application Requirements
    • 8.4. Confidentiality
    • 8.5. Change of Circumstances
    • 8.6. Governing Law
    • 8.7. Applicant’s Undertaking
    • 8.8. Other
  • Appendix A Guidance for the Applicable Prequalification Category
  • Appendix B Assessment Criteria