New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) has been working closely with a sector reference group to develop a strategy for an All-of-Government (AoG) solution for construction consulting services, which will form part of the AoG Consulting Services suite of contracts.
The strategy for construction consultancy focuses on three potential elements:
- Reducing barriers to entry through developing an “Airbnb” type online marketplace for AoG construction consultancy with good coverage and depth across a broad range of services.
- To get access to the marketplace suppliers would be ‘approved’ against a range of common criteria which should remove duplication from current government procurement processes.
- ‘Rules of Engagement’ to improve the scopes of work, consistency of risk identification, allocation and contractual terms.
We anticipate the solution will be in place mid-2019; however, some of the online functionality will be phased in over time.
Working with sector reference group to build and refine the strategy
We have been working with a sector reference group to look at ways government can improve how it procures construction consulting services, define the strategy’s scope and types of services.
Workshops were held to better understand buyer (government) and supplier (consultant) issues and provide NZGP with information to contribute to a solution that works for both suppliers and buyers. The first workshop focused on identifying opportunities and benefits that both buyers and suppliers could realise. This workshop contributed to the development of the strategy outlined above. The second workshop focused on the criteria that suppliers could be expected to satisfy in order to be ‘approved’ suppliers.
All parties enjoyed the opportunity to discuss their perspectives in a collaborative environment, finding common ground to help NZGP develop a strategy that will realise benefits for both agencies and suppliers.
The sector reference group included representatives from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Inland Revenue, Housing New Zealand, Department of Corrections, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Institute of Architects, Architects Co-Operative Society New Zealand, CEAS (formerly the Consulting Engineers Advancement Society), New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Council and Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ).
Our work with the sector reference group will continue as we work on the important details that will allow us to deliver this strategy and provide a good user experience in the online marketplace.
Future workshops will consider the scoping of projects and the allocation and sharing of risk. NZGP expects to also seek agency input into the usability of any technology they use to create the online marketplace.
Following the second workshop MBIE is developing a sample of the information we would request as part of the pre-approval stage. We will provide this to the sector reference group who will get the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the draft material.