- New builders panel will support the delivery of new and refurbished residential dwellings for social housing across the State
- Both construct-only and design-and-construct opportunities will be available
- Panel will support registered builders of all sizes, particularly small and medium companies
- Establishment of builders panel was part of a package of initiatives to support the building and construction industry
Housing Minister John Carey has announced a new State-wide builders' panel will be established to speed up the delivery of new and refurbished social housing across the State.
The measure is the latest in a number of reforms implemented by the Housing Minister to help boost the supply of social housing as fast as possible across the State.
The panel will primarily support the delivery of social housing but may be expanded to include other housing programs delivered by the Department of Communities.
Both construct-only and design-and-construct opportunities will be available for those appointed to the panel, and builders will be asked to nominate their capacity to deliver as part of the panel procurement process.
Successful proponents that nominate for construct-only opportunities will be engaged to construct dwellings from an existing suite of designs. For design-and-construct opportunities, successful proponents have the opportunity to work with an architect to develop appropriate designs.
To encourage participation, particularly for smaller-scale and regional contractors, the process for qualifying for the panel will be simplified.
Successful proponents will not be required to submit pricing until they are allocated a project through the panel.
The expression of interest will be advertised on Tenders WA in early July. Builders of all sizes and from all regions are encouraged to respond to the Request for Expressions of Interest process when launched.
Establishment of a Department of Communities' building panel was among a number of measures announced at the State Budget to support the building and construction industry in Western Australia.
Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey:
"WA's heated construction market has meant that we need to think innovatively about how we can accelerate the delivery of much needed housing for the community.
"Establishing a new State-wide building panel is a great way of accelerating delivery as all participating companies have been pre-approved to deliver projects.
"The establishment of this panel will also assist companies, large and small, to build their capacity and benefit from our Government's major pipeline of investments in social housing, which may enable them to employ more staff and take on additional work.
"I encourage all registered builders, of all sizes, across the State to register their interest for this opportunity."
Minister's office - 6552 5300