Changing the way we deliver major road projects

Future road upgrades will be progressively awarded to pre-qualified contractors using a new Program Delivery Approach (PDA) model, with projects awarded based on the contractors’ capability, capacity, past performance and ability to deliver value-for-money solutions.

Construction and design companies were invited to join the MRPV Construction and Design Panels to fast track procurement and get projects shovel ready sooner and there is an ongoing opportunity for new contractors and designers to join these panels.

The PDA approach features elements of the alliance and Design and Construct (D&C) contracts and will help us to get the best outcomes for our project.

We’ve made changes to:

  • create a more sustainable contractor and design market
  • reduce procurement time and costs
  • better integrate project planning and project delivery
  • improve collaboration and provide financial and future project opportunities.

Benefits for the construction market include:

  • sustainable supply opportunities for small, medium and large companies
  • long-term competition
  • improved cost certainty
  • better allocation of risk pricing
  • streamlined procurement processes.

How will projects be awarded?

Projects will be awarded to contractors that are on one of five panels forming the MRPV Construction Panel. These panels will allow contractors to compete for projects with a size and complexity that matches their capability at both individual and organisational levels.

Once selected, a contractor will follow a two-staged delivery model under the PDA, entering into a Project Development Phase to determine the scope and value of the project, and then the Project Delivery Phase once contracts are executed.

How will designers be appointed?

A designer can be engaged directly by MRPV, however is most commonly engaged by the contractor in a sub-contract agreement as is the case in a classic D&C model. The appointment is made after the award of the project to a contractor and before the start of the Project Development Phase in order to work collaboratively with the contractor and MRPV

How does the contractor get paid?

Payment will be through an Incentivised Target Cost (ITC) payment mechanism, which reimburses direct costs and includes cost and non-cost incentives.

How does the designer get paid?

The primary method of payment will be through an ITC payment mechanism, which reimburses direct costs and includes cost and non-cost incentives.

What are the MRPV Construction and Design Panels?

The panel system aligns the capability and skills of eligible contractors and designers with the complexity and value of our projects. Both the MRPV Construction and Design Panels comprise multiple categories of panel.

The MRPV Construction Panel has four construction categories of panels (panels 1-4) and the MRPV Design Panel has two categories of panel (panels 1 and 2). Categories for each of these panels are based on project value and complexity.

The MRPV Construction Panel also has a fifth category of panel (panel 5) which has been established for specialist providers for activities such as utility or bridge rehabilitation works.

How do I join a panel?

MRPV will assess applications to join the MRPV Construction or Design Panels on at least an annual basis. If your organisation is interested in joining a panel, please get in touch via the email address below and further details will be provided.

Are there any prequalification requirements to join the MRPV Construction and Design Panels?

Yes, there are certain prequalification requirements an applicant must satisfy in order to be eligible to be appointed to a category of panel on either the MRPV Construction or Design Panels.

To be eligible to apply to join the MRPV Construction Panel and to be allocated to one of panels 1-4, you must be registered under the VicRoads Prequalification Scheme for the minimum Road and Bridge Construction levels as follows:

  • Road – R3, or
  • Bridge – B2

If you are seeking to join panel 5, the specialist services panel, you are required to be registered on the VicRoads Prequalification Scheme and are required to demonstrate capability and experience in specialist work and services (for example utilities, bridge rehabilitation).

To be eligible to apply to join the MRPV Design Panel and to be allocated to panel 1 or 2, you must be registered under the VicRoads Prequalification Scheme for the minimum Road and Bridge Design levels as follows:

  • Road Design – Freeway (FD), and
  • Bridge Design – Structures-Complex (CS)

Who is on the MRPV Construction and Design Panels?

The contractors and designers on the MRPV Construction and Design Panels are detailed below and will be reviewed on an annual basis.

MRPV Construction Panel

Panel 1 

Panel 2 

Panel 3 

Panel 4 

Panel 5

Value > $300m High Complexity

Value $400m – $100m High – Moderate Complexity

Value $150m – $25m Moderate Complexity

Value < $50m Low Complexity


Acciona Construction Australia Pty LtdFulton Hogan Construction Pty LtdBMD Constructions Pty LimitedACE Infrastructure Pty LtdComdain Civil Constructions Pty Ltd

CPB Contractors Pty Limited

Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd

Symal Infrastructure Pty Ltd (formerly Civilex)

Bild Infrastructure Pty Ltd (formerly Bitu-mill (Civil))

John Holland Pty Ltd*

McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd

Decmil Southern Pty Ltd

MACA Civil P/L

Webuild S.p.A (formerly Salini Impregilo)


Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd

Negri Contractors (VIC) Pty Ltd


Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd

RTL Mining and Earthworks Pty Ltd


WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Whelans Group Investments Pty Ltd


Winslow Infrastructure Pty Ltd


* Note - John Holland is a provisional appointment

MRPV Design Panel

Panel 1Panel 2

Value > $75m and/or

Moderate  High Complexity

Value < $125m and/or

Low to Moderate - Complexity

AECOM Australia Pty Ltd

Beca Pty Ltd

Arcadis Australia Pacific Pty Limited

BG & E Pty Limited

Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd

Cardno Victoria Pty Ltd

GHD Pty Ltd

Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd

Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd

Mott MacDonald Australia Pty Ltd

SMEC Australia Pty Ltd

Pitt & Sherry (Operations) Pty Ltd

WSP Australia Pty Limited


Need more information?

For more information please contact the Panel Director at

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