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Austroads Technical Specifications for Roadworks and Bridgeworks


Currently, most Austroads member agencies rely on their unique technical specifications for the delivery of roadworks and bridge projects. In many cases, these specifications have been developed over a number of years in consultation with local industry and suppliers.

While it is recognised that there will always be some requirements that will only apply to a single jurisdiction, standardising specifications (and the associated test methods) has the potential to improve work processes for road agencies, suppliers and contractors.

To increase efficiency for road agencies and industry and optimise compliance with contract requirements, 14 technical specifications have been published for all Austroads member agencies to use for the construction of roadworks and bridgeworks. These specifications are suitable for use with any general conditions of contract, including design and construct contracts. They are expected to be used in conjunction with supplementary local or contract specific requirements.

This webinar, presented by Richard Edwards, takes participants through the technical specifications development process and provides an overview of the structure and layout adopted for the specifications.

General Conditions of Contract for Construction - National Capital Works 4 (NCW4)


This webinar provides an overview of the new General Conditions of Contract for Construction - National Capital Works 4 (NCW4), released by Austroads and the Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC).

It covers:

  • rational for developing NCW4
  • principles underpinning NCW4
  • key clauses in NCW4.

The webinar was presented on 25 July 2019 by Richard Edwards. 

Lean Construction: Responding to the Productivity Challenge Faced by the Construction Industry


This webinar provides an overview of the Lean approach to construction project delivery.

It covers

  • lean principles, practices and techniques
  • key differences of traditional and lean construction
  • case studies demonstrating the outcomes that can be achieved
  • the current state of lean construction in Australia.

This webinar was presented on 16 May 2019 by Christina Levinson.

Guide to Project Delivery Part 5: Road Construction Quality Assurance


This webinar provides an overview of the first edition of Austroads Guide to Project Delivery Part 5: Road Construction Quality Assurance.

It covers:

  • the background to the Guide, and concerns with current Quality Assurance contracts
  • measures proposed in the Guide
  • what is involved in implementation of the Guide.

The webinar was presented on 20 September 2018 by Peter Balfe.

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