National Prequalification System for Non-Residential Buildings (NPS)

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Recent Changes

(1) NPS and Mutual Recognition are available to entities who have recently changed their ABN or ACN, with no change in key personnel. At the point of assessment, the entity will be asked for written evidence of material changes and an explanation as to the reason for ABN or ACN change. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. 2 years after the date of ABN or ACN change, only projects under the new entity will be assessed under the NPS.

(2) ISO will shortly release ISO 45001 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. This updated standard will, in the future, replace the current AS 4801.


AS 4801 is currently referenced in the NPS as the applicable standard for an OHS Management System. Until otherwise advised, the NPS will accept either AS 4801 and ISO 45001 until the former is officially removed from use.


(3) To provide a pathway for contractors wishing to become NPS prequalified and are yet to have experience with a building contract over $50M however can demonstrate financial capability above $50M, may seek to be assessed in accord with the amended Guidelines - view section 3 in the Guidelines below for more information. 

General Information


The National Prequalification System for Non-residential Building (NPS) aims to create certainty and consistency, and streamline the process of prequalification for contractors working in multiple jurisdictions. It applies to non-residential government building contracts where the construction cost estimate is $50 million and above in Participating Jurisdictions.


This seamless process for mutual recognition of prequalification status for contractors across all jurisdictions commenced on 1 January 2011.

NPS Documents 


Applicants should access the full set of NPS documents before undertaking their applications.

The APCC regularly reviews the National Prequalification System (NPS) in relation to practicality within the construction industry, government policy and compliance.


Should you have any comments on the NPS, please provide via


All comments will be acknowledged at the time of receipt with feedback provided in due course.


NPS Guidelines 

Explaining the NPS system

NPS Application Form and Referee Report 

Application for prequalification

NPS Registration for Mutual Recognition Form

For recognition in multiple jurisdictions

NPS Contractor Performance Report

Review of performance and compliance

NPS Jurisdictional Contacts

A list of contacts can be accessed by clicking here or you can email