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Changes to the Prequalification (PQC) System


The recently released Queensland Government Procurement Strategy sets out the Queensland Government’s vision and new approach to procurement. It demonstrates how the government will harness its spend to prioritise Queensland businesses, help create quality jobs in regional Queensland and help achieve government’s social, environmental and economic objectives.

A key focus of the Strategy is to make it easier for local businesses to work with government. One of the key actions to support this focus is a change to the Prequalification (PQC) System.

Commencing 1 September 2017, the Queensland Government will implement changes to the PQC System by raising the project dollar value thresholds (relating to the use of prequalified contractors and consultants on government building projects). The revised thresholds are as follows:

  • The threshold for contractors will increase from $500,000 to $1M.
  • The threshold for consultants will increase from $30,000 to $60,000.

Prequalification will no longer be a requirement for government building contracts and commissions that are below the newly revised thresholds (unless the commission is determined by a department tobe high risk – further information and guidance about high risk determination is available).

This will only apply to new tenders released after 1 September 2017.

The PQC is administered by the Building Industry and Policy division within the Department of Housing and Public Works. If you would like further information on these changes or the PQC System in general, you can contact the team via email or phone 1800 072 621.

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