Alliance Contracts in Queensland

Being a pioneer in introducing the alliance approach to road infrastructure delivery, the Queensland Department of Main Roads has considerable experience in alliances. The purpose of this paper is to disseminate our experience, particularly the lessons we learned about alliances. The Queensland Department of Main Roads could be considered a pioneer in Australia in the adoption of an alliance approach for public sector procurement. During an International Bar Association conference held in Amsterdam in 2000, delegates from the USA, Europe including the United Kingdom, Asia and Africa were surprised to learn that Australian public sector procurement methods had advanced to the point of adopting Project Alliances to deliver high profile complex projects in Australia. Main Roads is recognized as the first road authority to introduce project alliances for road infrastructure delivery. This was acknowledged by Manley and Hampson of the QUT/CSIRO Construction Research Alliance, who conducted research on relationship contracting. They declared in October 2000 that Main Roads appeared to be the only road construction agency in the world (at that time) involved in alliance contracting. Since its first alliance project, the Devoncourt Alliance in Cloncurry in 1998, Main Roads has been using project alliances as a strategy to deliver as well as maintain road infrastructure for a number of projects. The purpose of this paper is to share our experience on alliances with others. This approach has brought significant benefits to Main Roads which will be discussed in the paper. However, project alliances are not always the best answer to all our contract delivery problems in the construction area. We believe that project alliances, itself, can be the source of problems, if used for unsuitable projects. With our seven years experience in the area, we are now in a better position to judge the types of projects best suited for alliances. This aspect will be discussed in more detail in the paper. Main Roads recently took another step forward in expanding the use of alliance concepts and principles for the betterment of Queenslanders. An alliance was formed with one of our preferred delivery partners, the local government (represented by the Local Government Association of Queensland) to further improve our services in the provision of road infrastructure in Queensland. This alliance also will be discussed in brief.


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  • Monograph Title: ITE 2005 Annual Meeting and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers

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  • ISBN: 1933452080
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  • Created Date: Oct 30 2005 10:39AM