Capital works procurement policies in Australia : implications for understanding and meeting client needs

Furneaux, Craig W., Brown, Kerry A., Allan, Don L., Abel, Neil, McConville, Sheena, McFallan, Stephen L., London, Kerry, & Burgess, John (2006) Capital works procurement policies in Australia : implications for understanding and meeting client needs. CRC Construction Innovation, Brisbane.


This paper undertakes a case study of procurement through a comparative analysis of the capital works procurement policies of the Commonwealth, State, and Territory Governments in Australia. Capital works procurement policies provide the mechanism by which governments manage procurement processes, and frame how individual government agencies, as clients, participate in those processes. The paper proposes a typology of capital works procurement approaches, together with implications of how these different policies play out for clients.

A tentative proposition is advanced that policy approaches to capital works procurement either explicitly or implicitly, make assumptions about the organisational capability of clients to plan and deliver capital works projects, including their ability to understand and articulate their own building needs. Additionally, the paper concludes that innovation has occurred at a policy level in capital works procurement. Recommendations for further research are suggested.

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ID Code: 3848
Item Type: Report
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: public policy, construction, client, capital works, procurement, CRC for Construction Innovation, Program A : Business and Industry Development, Project: 2004-032-A : Construction Industry Business Environment (CIBE)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
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Deposited On: 07 Apr 2006 00:00
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