Infrastructure NSW has worked with agencies and industry stakeholders to prepare a guidance document for commercial principles.
This guideline was prepared to support NSW Government agencies with resolving the impacts of restrictions on construction on the Government’s infrastructure program, and provides additional commercial principles and guidance to be adapted by delivery agencies on a case by case basis. It is also capable of being applied by State Owned Corporations and other tiers of government.
Rapid antigen testing on NSW Government projects
The NSW Government has worked with industry to trial rapid antigen testing on a number of projects being delivered by the NSW Government as an alternative form of surveillance testing to Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing.
On 18 August, rapid antigen testing was approved for surveillance testing on sites, provided it is conducted in accordance with the framework and standard operating procedures developed by NSW Health.
The NSW Government will pay for rapid antigen tests on its projects that were part of the agreed rapid antigen testing pilot program. For ongoing testing, Government will pay for rapid antigen testing on its projects to the extent that it is mandatory to meet public health orders, or also more generally where there is agency agreement with head contractors to pay to make rapid antigen testing a standard procedure on a project.
Collaboration with industry
Our 10-Point Commitment to the construction industry sets out the collaborative approach we expect from all parties. The NSW Government’s Construction Leadership Group will monitor developments and continue to facilitate industry-wide discussions.
We encourage all contractors to speak with their client agencies regarding individual projects.
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