Master Builders advocates on behalf of its members for fairer risk allocations and tender processes in contracting. We meet regularly with the Queensland Government department responsible for standard form contracts as well as procuring agencies to discuss key issues of concern to industry.  

The survey is conducted to assist Master Builders better understand contractual issues impacting its membership to further our advocacy with government. 

The intent of this survey is to collate anonymous data on contractor's views and perceptions of government building contracts. Master Builders will treat the survey results confidentially and will release data in a manner such that individual contractors or projects are not identifiable. 

A separate survey is requested to be completed for each project. Please only complete the survey in relation to a Queensland government building project that was commenced / in progress / completed from April 2023 to March 2024.  You must have been engaged directly by the Principal as a head contractor to complete a survey for the project. The survey is intended to close at the end of March 2024. 

Examples of government building projects include hospitals, schools, prisons where the Principal under the contract is a Department or statutory authority.

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* 1. Name of the principal under the building contract (e.g. Department of Education, Queensland Health etc)

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* 2. In what region was the project carried out?

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* 3. Contract value 

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* 4. Type of contract

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* 5. Time taken from tender issue to tender award 

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* 6. Was value management undertaken during the tender phase (e.g. ways to reduce the tendered price / ways to improve design or construction methodology)

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* 7. In your view, what was the quality of the tender documentation (having regard to the type of contract)?

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* 8. Was the contract time for completion adequate?  

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* 9. What was the timeframe from contract award (agreement of price for construction component)  to when the contractor was authorised to commence construction of the works ? Exclude any early works approval when answering.

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* 10. Was the contractor's liability under the contract capped in any way? 

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* 11. Were any risks allocated to the contractor (in the contract) that you believe should have been a principal's risk?

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* 12. Did the contract risk allocation impact the cost of required insurances under the contract? (e.g. uncapped design liability may result in increased cost of PI insurance)

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* 13. Were claims for contract price adjustment (e.g. variations, delay costs) processed in part - so that the agreed portion of the claim was processed in a timely way and the remainder resolved later?

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* 14. What was the typical timeframe for resolution of claims for contractor-requested time and cost adjustments (e.g. variation claims, claim for extension of time)

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* 15. Were you paid within 15 business days of your payment claims?

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* 16. Who administered the contract? (e.g. the superintendent)

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* 17. In your view, was the contract administrator (e.g. superintendent) competent - i.e. understood the terms of the contract, how to administer those, and generally performed their duties in a competent and timely manner

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* 18. If you answered 'no' to the previous question, in what way?  (select all that apply)

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* 19. Was an amount specified for liquidated damages in the contract documents?

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* 20. Were liquidated damages, or other damages, actually applied by the Principal against the Contractor (so that the Contractor had an amount certified as payable from it to the Principal for such damages)

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* 21. If you could have changed something about the project, what would it be?

Terms & Conditions
1. The Master Builders Survey of Government-funded Queensland Building Contracts is conducted by Master Builders.
2. All respondents are to be members of Master Builders.

Privacy
Master Builders seeks to comply at all times with the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 and other laws regulating the collection, storage, quality, use and disclosure of personal and sensitive information, ensuring that you are given certain rights in respect of this information.

Master Builders has adopted the Australian Privacy Principles (APP) published by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – a copy of which is available on request – and operates in accordance with those principles.

For a full copy of our privacy policy, visit https://www.mbqld.com.au/privacy

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