A State of Emergency has been declared in Victoria due to the serious risk to public health posed by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Practitioners Toolkit

The Practitioners Toolkit includes key documents, guidance and information relating to the Ministerial Directions and Guides.

Important notices

Limited tender processes during State of Emergency - March 2020

A State of Emergency is declared in Victoria to combat COVID-19 and keep Victorians safe.

When normal procurement rules cannot be used, conduct a Limited Tender, as set out in Limited Tender processes (Instruction 3.2.1). The Special Circumstances are set out in Instruction 3.2.2.

Government procurement requirements under International Agreements - March 2020

The thresholds when the government procurement requirements under International Agreements apply increased on 1 March 2020.

Agencies that must apply the government procurement requirements under International Agreements are listed in Agencies that must comply with government procurement requirements under International Agreements (Attachment 1 to Instruction 2.1).

The new thresholds that apply from 1 March 2020 are:

  • Works - $9,584,000 (inclusive of GST) - increase of $337,000
  • Construction Services $680,000 (inclusive of GST) - increase of $23,000

Details of the thresholds are listed at Complying with International Agreements (Instruction 2.1).

Clarification is included in Government procurement requirements under International Agreements (Attachment 2 to Instruction 2.1) covering:

  • use of public interest certificates (paragraph 10)
  • requirements to suspend a procurement subject to a complaint under the domestic dispute resolution arbitration clause (paragraph 11).

Clarification when tender notices must be published on central portal - August 2019

The requirement when Tender Notices for low value Selective and Limited Tenders need to be issued from the Buying for Victoria Supplier Portal (formerly TendersVic) has been clarified, as noted in Tender Notices (Instruction 3.4).  The requirement for open tenders remains unchanged.  The requirement for low value Selective and Limited Tenders has been revised.

For Selective Tenders and Limited Tenders, in addition to any other means of communication, a Tender Notice must be sent to each potential tender participant invited to participate in the tender process from the nominated website where the expected value of the Selective Tender or Limited Tender is greater than the upper limit of the threshold values listed in Competition and contestability (Instruction 3.2).

Victoria's bid cost reimbursement policy for major projects construction projects revised - July 2019

Victoria's Bid cost reimbursement policy for major construction projects has been revised.  The policy now covers High Value High Risk Projects as identified by Victoria’s High Value High Risk Projects framework, as well as Public Private Partnerships and Alliance projects.

The policy sets out the criteria when partial bid cost reimbursement may be considered. The policy acknowledges industry as a vital partner in infrastructure delivery and reflects Victoria’s continuing commitment to this partnership. It also acknowledges the significant cost to industry of preparing bids for Victorian infrastructure projects.

Access Victoria's Bid cost reimbursement policy for major construction projects.

Mailing list to receive updates about the Ministerial Directions and Instructions

Please email construction.procurement@dtf.vic.gov.au if you would like to be included in a mailing list to receive updates about public construction. Please let us know your name, your position title, your organisation and whether you are a procurement practitioner or legal advisor.

Further information

For more information in relation to construction policies, contact the Construction Policy Team.

Reviewed 19/03/2020
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