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National Prequalification System: Inclusion of Specialist Precast Concrete Categories
  • Publication no: AP-R554-17
  • ISBN: 978-1-925671-15-5
  • Published: 2 November 2017

This report presents the outcomes of the harmonisation work undertaken by Austroads to develop new specialist precast concrete categories for inclusion in the Austroads National Prequalification System for Civil (Road and Bridge) Construction Contracts.

Road agencies that adopt these categories will be able to offer mutual recognition arrangements to prequalified contractors, subject to specified restrictions and conditions.

This documentation is made available to road agencies and industry to enable the new specialist category for precast concrete to be formally introduced into the National Prequalification System.

Individual participating authorities will determine if and when they adopt the new national specialist category at a jurisdictional level, and they may advertise for applications from entities seeking to achieve prequalification. Advice of the categories adopted by each participating authority will be provided to the National Prequalification System Management Committee to enable appropriate governance arrangements to be implemented at the national level.

Appendix B of the report is also provided as a Word file template for road agencies to adapt for use within their local jurisdiction. This can be downloaded from the supporting documents tab.

This report should be read in conjunction with AP-C102-17 Guidelines: National Prequalification System for Precast Concrete Products.

  • Summary
  • 1. Introduction
    • 1.1. Definitions
    • 1.2. What is Prequalification?
    • 1.3. Austroads National Prequalification System
      • 1.3.1. Development
      • 1.3.2. Implementation
      • 1.3.3. Administration and Governance
      • 1.3.4. Inclusion of Specialist Categories
    • 1.4. Project Overview
    • 1.5. Project Objectives
  • 2. Project Method
    • 2.1. Establishment of Project Working Group
    • 2.2. Adoption of Guiding Principles
    • 2.3. Development and Implementation of Specialist Categories
      • 2.3.1. Step 1: Review and Compare Existing Specialist Categories
      • 2.3.2. Step 2: Harmonise and Develop Draft National Categories
      • 2.3.3. Step 3: Document Proposed National Prequalification System Expansion and Consult
      • 2.3.4. Step 4: Finalise National Prequalification System Expansion Framework and Supporting Documentation
      • 2.3.5. Step 5: Adoption of New Categories by Participating Authorities
      • 2.3.6. Step 6: Transition of Currently Prequalified Entities
      • 2.3.7. Step 7: Ongoing Administration and Governance
  • 3. Review and Comparison of Existing Systems
    • 3.1. Introduction
    • 3.2. Characteristics of Existing Systems
      • 3.2.1. Characteristics of Application Requirements
      • 3.2.2. Certification of Management Systems
      • 3.2.3. Financial Capacity Assessments
  • Key similarities:
  • Key differences:
  • 4. Proposed National Precast Concrete Categories
    • 4.1. Overview
      • 4.1.1. Category Details
    • 4.2. Prequalification Status
    • 4.3. Assessment Criteria
    • 4.4. Administration of the System
    • 4.5. Prequalification Recognition Arrangements
    • 4.6. Assessment Process
      • 4.6.1. Desktop Assessment
      • 4.6.2. Site Assessment
      • 4.6.3. Applicants with Multiple Facilities
    • 4.7. Maintenance of Prequalification Status
      • 4.7.1. Responsibilities of Prequalified Contractors
      • 4.7.2. Periodic Reviews
      • 4.7.3. Performance Monitoring and Reporting
    • 4.8. Sanctions, Reviews and Appeals
      • 4.8.1. Sanctions
      • 4.8.2. Reviews and Appeals
    • 4.9. Tendering
  • 5. Transition and Implementation
    • 5.1. Inclusion of New Specialist Categories into the National Prequalification System
    • 5.2. Transition of Currently Prequalified Entities
    • 5.3. Transition and Implementation Arrangements
  • 6. Conclusion
  • Appendix A Characteristics of Current Prequalification Systems and Schemes
  • Appendix B Performance Report
  • Appendix C Performance Report Scoring Guide
  • C.1 Application
  • C.2 Reporting
  • C.2.1 Objectives
  • C.2.2 Responsibility
  • C.2.3 Review and Assessment
  • C.2.4 Prequalified Contractor’s Response
  • C.3 Performance Ratings
  • C.4 Final Performance Report
  • Appendix D Prequalification Guidelines