With the increasing interest in collaborative contracting in Australia recently, we are delighted to announce that NEC will exhibit at the OneConsult Conference which will take place on March 30-31 in Sydney.
Held over two days as a ‘conference for every industry’, the event will feature talks from prominent industry leaders on business-related topics and incorporate Consult Australia’s 70th birthday anniversary celebration and Annual Awards ceremony.
For Australian organisations looking to find out more about the contract suite, this is an excellent opportunity to meet us in person and learn about the latest NEC developments from our experts and representatives.
During this event, Matt Colton, ICE elected member for Asia-Pacific, will give a plenary session discussing how the globally successful NEC4 contract suite meets the requirements for enhancing project outcomes as set out in the 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan. The Australian Infrastructure Plan gave an endorsement to NEC4 suite of contracts and highlighted its simplicity, collaborative focus, and effectiveness at sharing risks and reward.
As we have seen, NEC has been successfully used in infrastructure projects in Australia, most notably by Sydney Water who adopted NEC for its procurement program, ‘Partnering for Success’, to deliver up to AU$ 4 billion (£2.2 billion) of construction works and services between 2020 and 2030. They selected NEC4 contracts because of its collaborative approach. The NEC4-based contractual model for procuring asset-related goods and services also aligned with the New South Wales government’s ten-point plan published in 2018 to develop a more collaborative relationship with the over-stretched construction sector.
Recently, a AU$86 million (£45 million) NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) Option C (target contract with activity schedule) has been awarded in Perth by Main Roads Western Australia (MRWA). SKAO also adopted a number of NEC4 contracts for a mega-science project to build and deliver the €2bn radio telescopes at sites in Australia and South Africa.
To support the growing use of its contracts, NEC’s initiatives to date in this region have included the launch of specific secondary Y (AUS) clauses for Australia and the two-day training course, ‘NEC4 Foundation Certificate Programme (Australia)’, designed to enable delegates to understand the philosophy of NEC, identify different contract strategies using the ECC and define the roles stated within the ECC and their responsibilities.
Following the success of these NEC-procured projects, we will work closely with regional partners to highlight our work in Australia from industry-case studies to discussions on key issues affecting the construction and procurement sectors. Individuals, corporate, and affiliate organisations in Australia are welcome to join the international NEC Users’ Group membership designed to support NEC users worldwide. By being a UG member you can access a host of benefits from exclusive technical and consultancy support, latest news on NEC, free or discounted access to NEC workshops, webinars and annual conference.
For those in Australia who are unable to attend the OneConsult Conference and want to find out more about how the contract suite works together and can benefit your organisation, please email your enquiries to Jacki Heppard, Client Development (Australia): Jacki.Heppard@neccontract.com.