‘With great power comes great responsibility’

20 June 2018

Consult Australia: Industry calls for government to lead by example through Model Client Policy.

The association for consulting firms in the built environment has released a new policy calling for government to lead by example to save taxpayer’s dollars and capitalise on the building boom across major cities.

The ‘Model Client Policy’ by Consult Australia is a series of principles to ensure governments behave ethically and fairly in their dealings their suppliers. It deliberately emulates existing model litigant policies in place across federal and local government, excluding Western Australia and South Australia, to demonstrate such a policy can be introduced.

Megan Motto, Chief Executive of Consult Australia, said: “We hear a lot about industry muscle, but government has muscle too, through its size, stability and tremendous purchasing power. This is particularly true at the moment, as many governments are investing heavily in infrastructure. Yet with great power comes great responsibility, and governments need to lead by example.”

Fourteen principles documented in the policy cover contracts, fairness and risk allocation; working relationships and communication; and payment on time. “It is more important than ever that government and industry work collaboratively together. If it not, it can have a devastating impact, particularly on small firms, leading to cashflow issues or simply some of our best and brightest have little choice but to walk away from work they could be doing to make our cities better,” Motto said.

The Model Client Policy builds on Consult Australia’s 2015 report ‘The Economic Benefits of Better Procurement’ which highlighted taxpayers could save 5.4% on the cost of projects if government and industry worked better together.

Motto added: “Whilst we do not wish to give such feedback, it is important governments are aware of what is taking place. At the moment there is a wall of silence: industry cannot talk to government through fear of being out of favour for future work. This is not good for our industry, for the taxpayer, or the cities, spaces and infrastructure they design.”

“If governments adopt the model client policy, then ultimately it will be the taxpayer who benefits through the quantity and quality of responses to tenders,” said Motto.

You can download the Model Client Policy here, http://bit.ly/modelclient.

 

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Source:  Consult Australia - www.consultaustralia.com.au

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External Links: 

‘The Economic Benefits of Better Procurement’: http://www.consultaustralia.com.au/docs/default-source/infrastructure/better-procurement/dae---consult-australia-final-report-050215---96-pages.pdf

Model Client Policy: http://bit.ly/modelclient 

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