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Building consultant frequently asked questions

Do I need to be prequalified to be awarded government building project commissions?

Yes— all b uilding consultants who are directly commissioned on government building projects will need to apply for prequalification if: 

  • The commission fee exceeds $60,000, or 
  • is less than $60,000 and the service risk rating is 3 or 4.

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Will I get government work by being prequalified?

Prequalification (PQC) makes you eligible to compete for government building consultancies; it does not guarantee work. You must still go through the submission, review and acceptance process.


How long will it take to process my PQC application?

Allow approximately 4 to 6 weeks processing time for the application process and official notification.

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How will I find out what level of prequalification I have attained?

You will receive an email notification containing your PQC certificate of registration and schedule. The schedule itemizes your registration status including PQC level, project types and geographical areas of operation.


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Can I upgrade my PQC level, or change the services I am prequalified for?

Yes, you may apply to do this at any time.

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Can I be downgraded or removed from the PQC register?

Yes. Removal from, or downgrade on, the PQC register can be made at any time once it becomes apparent that you are unable to satisfy any or all of the prequalification criteria for the prescribed level, or for any other requirement with which you may be required to comply.

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How will the risk rating for each commission be determined?

The project manager for each project will determine the PQC service risk rating using the guidelines developed as part of the PQC System.

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Is there a fee for prequalification?

No, applying for prequalification is free.

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Do my responses relate only to Queensland Government building projects?

No. Your responses are to be based on all building project commissions undertaken by you in all your areas of operations.

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Can I seek PQC registration for consortia or joint venture with another or other consultants?

Yes. Consortia or joint ventures between consultants seeking to take on commissions larger than each could achieve alone is facilitated by the PQC System. In this way, skills and knowledge are able to be transferred and used in a manner which benefits all parties concerned.

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