FAQs - Technical Services Registration Scheme

Frequently asked questions

  • The Technical Services Registration Scheme (Registration Scheme) is a pool of technical services suppliers that are registered to work on Roads and Maritime Services/Transport for NSW projects. Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW will use the Registration Scheme for the procurement of technical services that fall under several service types in the scheme.

    In addition to the Registration Scheme, there will be a Comprehensive Technical Services Panel for significant and complex projects.

    The Registration Scheme and Comprehensive Technical Services Panel will replace some of the current Engineering Services Panels which expire on 30 September 2019.

  • Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW is changing and streamlining how we engage technical services to ensure that we keep delivering our record program of work and make it easier for suppliers to work with the NSW Government.

    The process to apply for the Registration Scheme will be simplified and less resource intensive for suppliers. The Registration Scheme also allows for a larger pool of suppliers, providing more opportunities for regional, new and smaller businesses to work with Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW.

    Suppliers that are currently on a number of panels will have their membership automatically transferred to the Registration Scheme. In addition, previous applicants to a panel for these services, that meet the acceptability criteria, will be appointed to the Registration Scheme.

    A list of registered suppliers will also be available to industry and the wider public, promoting transparency.

  • Members of the existing Engineering Services Panels have been asked to extend the existing panel term for three months to 30 September 2019. This is to facilitate the transition from the current panels to:

    • a Technical Services Registration Scheme
    • a Comprehensive Technical Services Panel for significant and complex projects.

    A number of suppliers will be transferred to the Registration Scheme from 1 October 2019. Suppliers that are currently on the panels for the services listed below will have their membership automatically transferred to the Registration Scheme - no re-application is needed. In addition, previous applicants to a panel for these services, that meet the acceptability criteria, will be appointed to the Registration Scheme.

    Other service types will be reviewed to determine if they will move to the scheme. Some panels have not been frequently used and these services will not be transferred to the Registration Scheme. Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW will still be able to purchase these services by seeking quotes or tenders from suppliers, using the current Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW procurement process.

    We will contact suppliers individually in the coming months to confirm specific details for their organisation and transition to the new scheme.

    Registration Scheme suppliers will be invited to renew their membership every three years. A staged approach will be adopted for renewals and we will contact suppliers who need to renew their membership later this year.

    In addition to the Registration Scheme, there will be one Comprehensive Technical Services Panel for significant and complex projects. This panel will soon be advertised on the NSW Government eTendering website.

    The Registration Scheme and Comprehensive Technical Services Panel will replace the existing Engineering Services Panels, which will expire on 30 September 2019.

    Technical Services Registration Scheme - Service Types from 1 October 2019

    • Drainage Investigation and Design
    • Standard Road Design
    • Complex Road Design
    • Standard Bridge Design
    • Complex Bridge Design
    • Bridge Rehabilitation Design
    • Materials and Durability Services - Concrete Durability Investigations
    • Materials and Durability Services - Corrosion of Steel in Concrete
    • Materials and Durability Services - Concrete Testing
    • Cadastral Surveying
    • Surveys for Civil Works
    • Geospatial Surveys
    • Utility Location and Subsurface Mapping
    • Pavement Investigation and Testing
    • Pavement Interpretation of Test Results and Advice
    • Geotechnical Assessment and Interpretation
    • Geotechnical Investigation and Monitoring
    • Geotechnical Construction Supervision and Advice
    • Slope Risk Management
    • Environmental Impact Assessment Preliminary Environment Investigations
    • Environmental Impact Assessment Minor Works REF
    • Environmental Impact Assessment Project REF
    • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
    • Non-Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
    • Engineered Heritage
    • Aboriginal Cultural Values
    • Socio-economic
    • Noise and Vibration
  • Technical Services are professional, white collar services including engineering services and environmental services.
  • Many of the service types from the existing Engineering Services Panels will be transferred to the Registration Scheme. Suppliers on these panels will be automatically transferred to the Registration Scheme in the relevant service type, no re-application is needed.

    All companies will be categorised based on information held by Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW, and this will be checked as we transition suppliers to the Registration Scheme, providing assurance that we have the right expertise to complete our large program of work.

    In addition, previous applicants who meet the acceptability criteria will be appointed to the Registration Scheme. The acceptability criteria includes organisational capability, management skills and systems, technical skills and past performance.

    New applicants for the Registration Scheme will be assessed on a range of criteria including past performance, technical capacity, resources and management systems and will be categorised to the relevant service type. Details on how to apply will be available soon.

  • Membership on the Registration Scheme will last for three years. Suppliers will be notified by Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW when they need to apply to renew their registration. Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW may also request information from suppliers as they transition to the Registration Scheme.

    A staged approach will be adopted for renewals and we will contact suppliers who need to renew their membership later this year.

  • Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW will use the Registration Scheme for the procurement of technical services that fall under one of the Registration Scheme service types.

    For significant and complex infrastructure projects that require a combination of technical services, we will procure from the Comprehensive Technical Services Panel.

    The Registration Scheme does not replace quotation and tender assessment for individual projects. Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW will still be able to purchase services by seeking quotes or tenders from suppliers, using the current Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW procurement process.

  • Engineering Services Panels have been used by Roads and Maritime since 2007 to procure professional technical services. The most recent panel series, established in 2014, is made up of 75 panels grouped into six categories: Design Services, Surveying, Pavement, Geotechnical and Testing Services, Culvert Risk Assessment, Environmental Services and Project Procurement.

    The panels have been successful in delivering a record program of infrastructure for Roads and Maritime. We are now responding to changes in our projects and industry to ensure that we keep delivering our record program of work and make it easier for suppliers to work with the NSW Government.

  • Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW has asked existing panel members to extend the existing panel term for three months to 30 September 2019, to facilitate the transition from the current panels to a Technical Services Registration Scheme and a Comprehensive Technical Services Panel for significant and complex projects. The existing panels will be retired when they expire on 30 September 2019.

    From 1 October 2019, many frequently used services will be transferred to the Registration Scheme. Suppliers that are currently on these frequently used panels will be automatically transferred to the scheme in the relevant category. Some panels have not been frequently used and these services will not be transferred to the Registration Scheme. Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW will still be able to purchase these services using its standard procurement processes.

    Roads and Maritime/Transport for NSW will provide all existing panel members with individual information before the panels are retired.

  • The NSW Government is making changes to clusters and agencies within the public sector, including Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW, to improve customer service. As part of these changes Roads and Maritime will be integrated with Transport for NSW from 1 July 2019.

    Established Roads and Maritime contacts will keep suppliers informed of progress and advise of any changes as we work through the detail of the new operating model.

  • More information will be published on our website as we transition to the Technical Services Registration Scheme and the Comprehensive Technical Services Panel.

    If you have any questions or feedback, please email:tech.suppliers@rms.nsw.gov.au or phone Alison Mendham, Manager Technical Contracts Strategy on (02) 9462 6226.

  • Roads and Maritime has an existing Registration Scheme for Construction Industry Contractors. Information on this scheme can be viewed at the Registered contractors webpage.

    The five services types listed below and memberships from the existing scheme will transition to the new Technical Services Registration Scheme from 1 October 2019.

    • BD1 Standard Bridge Design
    • BD2 Complex Bridge Design
    • BD3 Bridge Rehabilitation Design
    • RD1 Standard Road Design
    • RD2 Complex Road Design

    There is no change to the other categories at this time.

  • No, there is no application or tender process for existing panel members who are transitioning from the retiring Engineering Services Panels to the Technical Services Registration Scheme.

    The Technical Services Registration Scheme is separate to any current tender events on NSW Government eTendering.

  • Suppliers that are currently on a panel for the services below will have their membership automatically transferred to the Registration Scheme. In addition, previous applicants to a panel for these services, that meet the acceptability criteria, will be appointed to the Registration Scheme.

    • Drainage Investigation and Design
    • Standard Road Design
    • Complex Road Design
    • Standard Bridge Design
    • Complex Bridge Design
    • Bridge Rehabilitation Design
    • Materials and Durability Services - Concrete Durability Investigations
    • Materials and Durability Services - Corrosion of Steel in Concrete
    • Materials and Durability Services - Concrete Testing
    • Cadastral Surveying
    • Surveys for Civil Works
    • Geospatial Surveys
    • Utility Location and Subsurface Mapping
    • Pavement Investigation and Testing
    • Pavement Interpretation of Test Results and Advice
    • Geotechnical Assessment and Interpretation
    • Geotechnical Investigation and Monitoring
    • Geotechnical Construction Supervision and Advice
    • Slope Risk Management
    • Environmental Impact Assessment Preliminary Environment Investigations
    • Environmental Impact Assessment Minor Works REF
    • Environmental Impact Assessment Project REF
    • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
    • Non-Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
    • Engineered Heritage
    • Aboriginal Cultural Values
    • Socio-economic
    • Noise and Vibration
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