Code violation: McConnell Dowell hit with a three month ban

September, 2014

McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries (MD) have been hit hard with a three month tender exclusion sanction by the Victorian Government after MD was found to have breached several Implementation Guidelines to the Victorian Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry (Code).

The Code sets out specific principles and acceptable standards of practice that the industry and government bodies must observe in relation to methods of procurement and delivery whilst encouraging co-operative practices. The end goal of the Code is to achieve improved construction quality, reduce the cost of infrastructure, eliminate malpractice and improve working conditions.

After conducting an audit, it was found that MD failed to:

The sanction period will operate between 15 September 2014 and 14 December 2014. During this period, MD cannot submit an expression of interest or be invited to tender for a project, and cannot be selected to tender on any project from the Victorian Government register.

MD’s three month sanction will apply prospectively. If MD was selected to tender from a Victorian Government registry or shortlisted and invited as a participant to tender prior to 15 September 2014, it is eligible to continue to participate in the tendering process.

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For advice on adhering to the Code and avoiding a similar fate to MD, please contact:


Greg Richards | Partner
T: +61 7 3228 0443


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