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Assess risk for your building construction project

The risk rating of your government building project will determine how you need to comply with Queensland Government procurement policies.

You need to work out if your project is considered high risk or significant (HRS) before you procure building construction services.

Assess risk using the Prequalification (PQC) System

You must use PQC to assess risk for:

  • building projects worth $1 million or more
  • building specialist or consultant contracts worth $60,000 or more

  • HRS building projects.

Log in or register for PQC.

Other risk factors to consider

Design

  • Low risk – involves traditional design, materials and simple services trades with minimal requirement for innovation
  • Minimal risk – means you are required to resolve industry standard construction techniques and/or buildability issues
  • Medium or high risk – means you are:
    • required to develop design and documentation
      or
    • required to resolve complex construction techniques and/or buildability issues

Timeframes

  • Low risk – the completion date is important but not critical
  • Minimal risk – the completion date is critical and has implications (e.g. air conditioning for a school in the tropics that needs to be repaired or replaced during the holidays to be ready for students to return in January)
  • Medium or high risk – the completion date is critical and has significant implications (e.g. a ceiling leak in a hospital operating theatre that must be repaired on time to allow surgical procedures to continue and to avoid impacting patient care)

Specialist services

  • Low risk – doesn’t involve specialist services 
  • Minimal risk – may involve a moderate level of specialist services trades
  • Medium or high risk – may require a high level of specialist services trades

Quality

  • Low or minimal risk – means that industry standard quality is acceptable 
  • Medium or high risk – means that higher than industry standard quality is required

Sensitivity

Sensitivity refers to the risk issues associated with a service.

HRS projects require the contractor or consultant to have sufficient experience, and appropriate systems, people and business skills to address the level of sensitivity.

Examples of sensitivity risks

  • Environmental
  • Cultural
  • Heritage
  • Social
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Public health and safety

Next step

HRS projects

You must add all HRS projects to the PQC.

Log in or register for PQC

Medium or low risk projects

Ask your agency contact for BCM procurement advice and assistance.