Any business owner or contractor in the trade space who has invested the time to tender for a government contract will know the huge amount of regulation they must navigate in order to submit their application.
The NSW Government announced on Wednesday 27 January they will simplify tendering for tradies, slashing red tape and make it easier for the construction industry to access government contracts worth up to $1 million.
Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet said: “For too long there has been a confusing web of regulation and red tape making it difficult for many contractors and tradies to work with government,”
“Previously contractors had to apply to up to 11 different schemes that were operating in isolation across the sector.”
“The introduction of the new Prequalification Scheme for General Construction Works provides businesses with one single entry point to construction contracts and a more streamlined process.”
Small Business Minister John Barilaro said the measures would mean tendering for trades and doing business with the NSW Government will be more simple and more attractive for SMEs.
“Prequalified contractors will gain exposure to available work right across government not just in one particular area,” he said.
“Agencies too will have greater choice as there will be a bigger pool of contractors available to them.”
Over 800 contractors have been automatically transitioned to the new scheme which has been implemented fafter feedback from the industry and individual contractors.
The CEO of the Civil Contractors Federation NSW, David Castledine said he was pleased to see the new scheme introduced.
“Instead of applying for up to 11 different agency schemes, our members need only apply once through the new Scheme and become eligible for work across Government,” he said. “This initiative means less red tape and reduced costs.”
Brian Seidler, Executive Director of Master Builders NSW also welcomed the move.
“The new Scheme will drive down the cost to industry, particularly SMEs, of dealing with agencies through a faster and more efficient way of becoming eligible for Government construction work.”
The single scheme became mandatory for all government agencies from January 1. For more information visit www.tenders.nsw.gov.au.