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New national standard for public sector construction contracts

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A new national standard contract for the construction industry has been released to improve the efficiency of project delivery and reduce the potential for contractual disputes.

Austroads and the Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) unveiled the new General Conditions of Contract Construction, titled National Capital Works 4 (NCW4).

NCW4 aims to create greater consistency in contractual conditions and clauses used by members. It has been designed primarily for public sector use and ‘Construct Only’ contracts with special conditions to be considered at the jurisdictional level.

Each state and territory is expected to amend the NCW4 to address local legislation and policy.

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APCC Executive Director, Teresa Scott, said having new standard General Conditions of Contract will have many benefits, such as reducing the cost of doing business with Government and the potential for contractual disputes.

“NCW4 will mitigate the need for tenderers to seek legal advice regarding the myriad of contract conditions currently in use. It will also be easier for contractors to transfer their skills and experience between jurisdictions,” Scott said.

Austroads Chief Executive, Nick Koukoulas, said NCW4 adopts contemporary contract drafting practice and addresses legislation such as security of payment, personal property securities, GST and work health and safety.

“As owners of NCW4, Austroads and APCC will be able to keep NCW4 current and relevant through annual reviews and industry consultation,” Koukoulas said.

Click here to read the NCW4.

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