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1. Consultants

Consultant services may be required for any, or all, of the following:

  • project manager (usually engaged for projects in excess of $5M)
  • architect
  • quantity surveyor
  • engineers
    • building services (mechanical, electrical, hydraulics, communications, etc.)
    • structural / civil
    • fire risk assessment
  • building surveyor
  • other specialists:
    • accoustics
    • asbestos
    • auditors
    • environmental / energy
    • ergonomics
    • health service planning
    • interior design
    • investment evaluation
    • industrial hygienists
    • kitchen consultants
    • landscaping
    • post occupancy evaluation
    • probity auditors
    • town planning
    • transportation planner
    • value management facilitating
    • water management

The health service / agency and the Department of Health and Human Services will jointly be involved in determining the requirements and the selection process of the consultant(s) to be appointed.

The type of consultant(s) required, composition of the consultancy team and scope of services will be determined by the project control group (PCG) (refer to Table: Consultants generally required for projects costing less than $5 million). This, together with the selection process, will be influenced by the following:

  • size and complexity of project
  • previous work undertaken
  • outcome(s) of previous studies
  • specialty of project or project components
  • procurement method
  • project timeline
  • deliverables required.

Consultants generally required for projects costing less than $5 million.

ActivityProject managerArchitect and engineersQuantity surveyorValue management consultant
Planning brief and master plan Optional

- Tick

- Tick

Optional

Functional brief and feasibility study

Optional

- Tick

- Tick

Schematic design

Complex projects

- Tick

- Tick

Optional

Design development

Complex projects

- Tick

- Tick

Contract documentation

Complex projects

- Tick

- Tick

Tender

Complex projects

- Tick

- Tick

Construction

Complex projects

- Tick

- Tick

Post occupancy evaluation

Complex projects

- Tick

- Tick

Generally consultants will be engaged to carry out services that enable a project to be successfully managed through the project delivery process. This process will require professional duties to be carried out in the various phases of a project including some or all of the following services:

  • asset assessment
  • asset management planning
  • business planning and gateway reviews
  • commissioning
  • contract administration
  • contract documentation
  • cost estimating and control
  • decommissioning
  • design development
  • energy and water audits
  • feasibility study
  • functional brief
  • master plan study
  • planning brief
  • post occupancy evaluation
  • schematic design
  • service planning*
  • site selection
  • tender and evaluations

* Service planning may be carried out by the health service / agency prior to the consultant engagement.

The department or PCG may review the project at any stage, specifically engineering service design and documentation, prior to tendering, by engagement of an independent consultant.

Refer to further planning and development guidelines for details of process and expected outcomes of each stage of the project.

This guideline provides information on the scope of services (refer to sample brief) and fees that may be offered by consultants. However, the department should be consulted prior to commencing the consultant selection process for major projects.