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PQC System overview

The Prequalification (PQC) System streamlines the building tendering and selection process and provides clear performance requirements. The PQC System comprises:

  • a central register of prequalified building industry consultants used by all government departments
  • associated PQC application and performance reporting documents
  • a series of related guidelines covering the building industry consultant invitation and selection process, the performance reporting process, service risk assessment and review processes.

What does prequalification involve?

Prequalification involves self-assessment against the prescribed criteria.

Successful applicants are then awarded one of four PQC levels ranging from effective work practices (PQC Level 1) to leading-edge practice in a global context (PQC Level 4).

The various services involving government building project commissions are correspondingly rated according to their risk, with service risk ratings ranging from 1 (lowest) to 4 (highest).

On any building project, there is likely to be a number of separate services required, each having a potentially different risk rating.

Consultants must be appropriately registered in the PQC System and have a PQC level matching or exceeding the PQC service rating to be able to submit proposals for government building project commissions.  

Who should apply for prequalification?

We routinely engage the services of building industry consultants from various disciplines including architects and landscape architects; civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers; quantity surveyors and project managers.

Any building industry consultant seeking to undertake consultancy services on government building projects must first become appropriately registered on the whole-of-Government PQC System.

The PQC System must be used by government departments to source building industry consultants where the consultancy fee is:

  • $60,000 or higher, or 
  • less than $60,000 and the Service Risk Rating is level 3 or 4.

What does ‘building industry consultant' mean?

In the context of the whole-of-Government PQC System, 'building industry consultant’ refers to an organisation or individual contracted directly to the Queensland Government to provide particular services in relation to a government building project.

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