Office for the Public Sector

Change @ South Australia

Simplifying contracts across government to benefit local builders

South Australia’s local builders often feel stymied by unnecessary procurement red tape and high compliance costs when tendering for government contracts. Some of our most innovative builders are not taking up government contracts because those contracts favour specific types of business models that are often out-dated and rarely innovative.

The Industry Participation Advocate, with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Renewal SA, will lead reform recommendations to simplify housing contract specifications and the contract management process across agencies.

The project will consider recent reforms in other states that allow for greater innovation, and the simplification of design and specification requirements. A review of best practice from other states should inform the development of a whole-of-government approach to housing contracts across all the agencies in the project.

The project will develop a simple contract which removes any unnecessary compliance tasks from builders. Procurement practices will also be streamlined to reduce red tape.

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