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Procurement and Contracting

The Capital Facilities and Infrastructure (CFI) Branch of the Defence Estate and Infrastructure Group (E&IG) is responsible for the development and delivery of major and medium works identified in the capital works program, including the carriage of Major Works through the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC) review process.

The information below provides access to helpful resources including:

  • minimum mandatory requirements to tender for Defence as dictated by CFI;
  • supporting tools and information regarding Defence Estate and related services; and
  • how procurement is conducted in the Commonwealth.

For more information relating to Capital Facilities and Infrastructure (CFI) Branch’s construction projects and processes, please visit: Defence Estate Quality Management System

Key themes and policies when working with CFI

In accordance with CFI procurement and contracting processes, the below outlines the minimum mandatory requirements to tender for Defence:

Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPR)

The CPRs represent the Government Policy Framework that Commonwealth Agencies must follow when procuring goods and services.


Achieving value for money is the central theme of the CPRs. To ensure value for money through a procurement, a range of financial and non-financial benefits associated are considered; this may include factors such as fitness for purpose, performance history and experience of potential suppliers, environmental sustainability, and whole-of-life-costs, and price.

Further details regarding Government procurement processes can be found at Commonwealth Procurement Rules

Government policies applicable to Commonwealth funded construction projects

A range of Government policies apply to projects delivered by the Commonwealth at CFI. These include:

Building Code 2016

The Building Code 2016 (the Code) sets out the requirements for all building contractors or building industry participants involved in Commonwealth funded construction projects. The Code applies to building contractors and building industry participants that have tendered for, or expressed interest in, “building work” that is funded in whole or in part by the Commonwealth. Once covered by the Code in this way, building contractors and participants must meet the requirements of the Code in relation to all of their future “building work”, regardless of whether it is Commonwealth funded.

The Code contains a range of requirements for businesses that have tendered for work to which the Code applies. The most significant of these are that the tenderer must:

  • comply with all building industry laws, such as the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 and the Fair Work Act 2009;
  • comply with other relevant legislation including the Competition and Consumer Act 2010;
  • develop and submit a Workplace Relations Management Plan (WRMP) at time of tender;
  • not bargain for certain types of written agreements that, for example, cannot be certified, registered, Lodged or otherwise approved under a designated building law;
  • ensure that any person engaged as either an employee or a contractor is lawfully entitled to be so engaged under Australian law;
  • ensure that no one is coerced to make over award payments to their employees; and
  • ensure that they have an appropriate Work Health Safety & Rehabilitation management system in place proactively ensure compliance with the Code both within their own business and by any subcontractors.

Further details regarding the Code can be found at

WHS Accreditation Scheme

The Australian Government is committed to improving work health and safety outcomes in the building and construction industry. It achieves this via the Australian Government Building and Construction Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme which applies when the building work under the contract has a value in excess of $4 million (GST inclusive). To be assessed for accreditation, the Tenderer needs to submit an application addressing specific work health and safety criteria to the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner.

More information on the WHS Accreditation Scheme is available at

Defence Estate Quality Management System (DEQMS)

DEQMS provides the platform for compliance and achievement of best practice in the development, management and sustainment of the Defence Estate and related services. Partners working on the Defence Estate are expected to comply with all policies and processes relating to conducting business on the estate.

A number of key policies, procedures, templates and business support tools relevant to development and delivery of projects is contained within DEQMS. The following links provide further information for prime contractors and subcontractors.