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Tenders and contracts

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Trading with Transport and Main Roads

The department offers job opportunities through a tender process and various construction and maintenance contracts.

Whether or not a tender is considered depends on whether the applicant is prequalified and at a level equal to or above that required for the project.


Transport and Main Roads generally calls for tenders for its construction projects. Some projects, may be handled internally by the department’s commercial units (RoadTek) or by local governments.

You can find tender offers and listings on QTenders and Building and Asset Services eTender websites, where tender documents and information are also available..

Advertisements and prequalification

Advertisements inviting tenders for Transport and Main Roads projects stipulate the minimum prequalification levels needed to receive tender documents. We only issue to qualifying organisations. The level of prequalification needed should not be below the requirement for the project in question.

Project delivery options

Transport Infrastructure Project Delivery System determines the delivery options for major works and projects.

We recognise the need for a variety of delivery methods and to accommodate this, we have developed a series of contract documents:

  • Transport Infrastructure Contract
  • Minor Infrastructure Contract
  • Road Asset Management Contract
  • Small Scale Minor Works Contract
  • Road Maintenance Performance Contract
  • Collaborative Project Agreement

These documents are available in our technical publications area.

Electronic tendering

Transport and Main Roads is now using electronic tendering instead of a manual paper-based process for issuing and accepting tenders, as if offers several advantages over paper-based systems.

Proposed major roadworks to competitive tender report

The Proposed major works to competitive tender report comprises contracts valued at $1 million and above intended to be procured over the forward 12 month period. The report is updated on a tri-annual basis and includes road and transport infrastructure contracts proposed to be let by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

The latest tender report can be viewed on the Transport and Main Roads website.

Queensland Government Procurement Policy requirements

The Queensland Government, through the Queensland Procurement Policy, is committed to maximising benefits for Queenslanders by using procurement to support local jobs and businesses to drive economic, environmental and social outcomes. This includes ensuring quality, safe workplaces for people engaged on major state government projects, through the implementation of Best Practice Principles. They apply to projects with a project value over $100 million (Best Practice Principles Projects).

The Best Practice Principles address:

  • workplace health and safety systems and standards
  • commitment to apprentices and trainees
  • best practice industrial relations.

Best Practice Industry Conditions

In order to address best practice industrial relations, the Queensland Government are rolling out Best Practice Industry Conditions, which are to be considered on Best Practice Principles projects. In summary, the Best Practice Industry Conditions:

  • outline the Queensland Government's expectation for best practice employment conditions for workers performing work on site on Best Practice Principles projects
  • require contractors to demonstrate a best endeavours approach for subcontractors; the extent to which this is demonstrated will be assessed through the tender process
  • help to ensure that the objectives of the best practice principles are achieved, particularly in relation to best practice industrial relations, to minimise disruption and resulting time and cost implications to Best Practice Principles projects.

As a result, the department has developed a specific guidance document — Best practice industry conditions for transport civil construction projects for Best Practice Principles projects delivered by the department . The Best Practice Industry Conditions for Transport Civil Construction Projects is referenced within the Key Result Areas outlined below (Key Result Areas 1: Quality Jobs).

The Best Practice Industry Conditions for Transport Civil Construction Projects may also assist the project to:

  • attract and retain a workforce with optimal levels of skills and experience
  • promote positive, collaborative and productive interactions with relevant stakeholders.

From time to time, based on factors such as project value or type of works to be performed, the department will develop a project specific Best Practice Industry Conditions document that is applicable only to that project or program. To date, the following project specific Best Practice Industry Conditions has been developed:

Note that the Coomera Connector Best Practice Industry Conditions was applied using the 2020 Best Practice Industry Conditions for Transport Civil Construction Projects. Therefore, you should refer to the 2020 Best Practice Industry Conditions for Transport Civil Construction Projects when reading this document.

Applying Best Practice Principles on transport infrastructure projects

Transport and Main Roads has introduced 5 Key Result Areas for use on Best Practice Principles projects which are designed to motivate better outcomes.

These are:

Key result area Focus area Intent
1 Quality jobs Progressing best practice industrial relations (including the Best Practice Industry Conditions for Transport Civil Construction Projects), inclusive and diverse workforces and opportunities to invest to build the sector's capability particularly through a strong commitment to trainees and apprentices
2 Safe Workplaces Prioritising best practice workplace health and safety systems and standards and a culture of safety for all
3 Local supply chains and manufacturing Actively supporting quality local Queensland suppliers and industries on Queensland Government projects
4 Sustainability Advancing infrastructure sustainability outcomes that enable social, environmental and economic benefits
5 Project Delivery Optimisation Applying innovative technologies, techniques and industry initiatives to drive better project delivery success, productivity and optimisation

What this means for tenderers 

Tenderers on Best Practice Principles projects are being asked to provide different and additional information, including:

  • a response against the Best Practice Principles, including best practice industrial relations
  • the use of Reputable Suppliers through the project’s supply chain
  • the intended project workforce profile.

Enhanced reporting requirements throughout project delivery will ensure the standards and expectations committed to are being met.

It is important to note that the Best Practice Industry Conditions for Transport Civil Construction Projects is a guidance document and is not mandatory. Tenderers can demonstrate the intent and outcomes in any manner they choose to nominate.

For more information on the Key Result Areas and the Best Practice Industry Conditions for Transport Civil Construction Projects, contact If you are involved in a current tender process, contact the Tender Manager. 

Previous Transport Best Practice Industry Conditions

Last updated 05 April 2024