Building Construction and Maintenance (BCM) Category Council

The BCM Category Council oversees, governs and directs strategic procurement activities related to BCM spend across the Queensland Government.

The category council develops category plans and strategies and appoints working groups to deliver on these commitments. 

Lead agency: Department of Housing and Public Works


1. Category council member agencies

  • Department of Housing and Public Works
  • Department of Education
  • Queensland Health
  • Hospital and Health Services
  • Department of Justice and Attorney-General
  • Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
  • Queensland Corrective Services
  • Public Safety Business Agency
  • Queensland Treasury

Category Council Chair: Graham Atkins, Deputy Director-General, Building Policy and Asset Management, Department of Housing and Public Works

2. Meeting dates

The inaugural meeting was held on 19 October 2016. 

Meeting dates this year:

  •  4 March 2020
  • 2 June 2020
  • 27 August 2020
  • 26 November 2020

3. Decision making authority

The BCM Category Council relies on the cooperation and agreement of members, and does not override legislative authority of individual accountable officers.

The council makes decisions with agreement by a majority of members attending a meeting.

Agencies may choose not to act in line with a council decision if it contradicts a specific agency requirement.

The council reports to the Queensland Government Procurement Committee (QGPC), with members endorsed by QGPC through the Director-General of the Department of Housing and Public Works.

4. Request a presentation to the category council

The council chair must approve agency requests to make a presentation to the council.

Email or phone (07) 3215 3645 to request a presentation.

Presentations should not be longer than 20 minutes, including question time.

5. Industry reference group

The council has established an industry reference group to seek advice, support and feedback on proposed initiatives.


  • Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association
  • Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
  • Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
  • Australian Workers’ Union
  • Construction Forestry Maritime Mining And Energy Union
  • Construction Skills Queensland
  • Consult Australia 
  • Electrical Trades Union
  • Engineers Australia
  • Housing Industry Association
  • Landscape Queensland
  • Master Builders Queensland
  • Master Electricians Australia
  • Master Painters Association of Queensland
  • Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • National Fire Industry Association Australia
  • Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union
  • Professionals Australia
  • Queensland Council of Unions
  • Queensland Major Contractors Association
  • Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
  • South East Regional Disability Advisory Council

Meeting dates

The inaugural meeting was held on 28 November 2016.

Meeting dates for this year:

  • 20 February 2020
  • 7 May 2020
  • 20 August 2020
  • 12 November 2020

6. More information

Building Contract Management
Department of Housing and Public Works
Phone: (07) 3215 3645