Master Builders SA, in conjunction with the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and the Association of Consulting Architects, has updated Tendering Guidelines for the South Australian Construction Industry in order to reflect latest practices.
Tenders must be well managed in order to accurately and efficiently capture the true nature, value and risk profile of a project. The Guidelines have been written with the intention of establishing best practice tendering principles that encourage positive contractual relationships for the benefit of tenderers, clients and the entire industry. Whilst the Guidelines are recommended procedures only, it is recommended that anybody preparing to tender for projects refers to them when preparing tender documents, and ensures their clients are fully informed of the recommendations.
The Guidelines reflect requirements under the National Code of Practice for Procurement and the Australian Standard AS4120, in particular the requirement that principles of ethical behaviour must be adhered to by all parties, at all times, and at all levels. They also take into account the advent of electronic tendering and the special considerations that arise in this context.
These Guidelines should apply at all levels of contracting. Therefore, the terms ‘client’ and ‘tenderer’ should be read as being applicable to each link in the procurement chain. For example, a contractor will act as a tenderer when dealing with their principal, and as a client when seeking tenders for subcontract packages from subcontractor tenderers. Similarly, references to ‘Architects” should be read to include other tender issuers or agents for owners.
The Guidelines were drafted with a traditional ‘fixed price lump sum’/’construct only’ delivery method in mind, but the principles are generally applicable in other forms of procurement.