Standards for public construction (Construction Direction and Instruction 9.1)

Standards for public construction.

Standards for public construction (Direction 9.1)

Effective date: 1 July 2018


Of particular relevance to this Direction is the following construction procurement principle:

  • undertaking Public Construction Procurement in accordance with the relevant legislation, policy, guidance and any mandatory requirements in these Directions

9.1 Standards for public construction

(a) From time to time the Secretary may set Standards relating to Construction Services or Works.

(b) Where relevant, Agencies must ensure compliance with any Standard set out in the Instruction.

Standards for public construction (Instruction 9.1)

Effective date: 1 July 2018

Objective:  To set standards relating to public construction

9.1.1 Standard for constructing a community fire refuge

This Standard applies to public construction (as defined in the Project Development and Construction Management Act 1994 (Vic)(opens in a new window), by or on behalf of Agencies, of any building to be used as a community fire refuge.

Community fire refuge has the meaning given to it in section 50A of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 (Vic)(opens in a new window).

The objective of a community fire refuge is to provide a place that may be used by the public for short-term shelter from a fire front during a bushfire. This Standard is concerned with establishing the standards for design, construction, modification, and maintenance of a building (or part(s) of a building) to enable such a building (or part(s) thereof) to be used as a community fire refuge.

Performance requirements:

(a) All aspects of the public construction by, or on behalf of, a department or public body, in relation to a building (or part thereof) to be used as a community fire refuge must follow the Construction and Project Management Guidelines for Community Fire Refuge (issued by Emergency Management Victoria), or any replacement document.

(b) To avoid doubt, if a building (or part of a building) to be used as a community fire refuge, has another use when not being used as a community fire refuge it must also comply with the Building Code of Australia requirements applicable to its classification. Examples of buildings that may also be a community fire refuge include a school, fire station, public hall, sporting club rooms, sport change rooms, sports stadium, community centre or other public buildings.

Tools and support

The Construction Toolkit includes key documents, guidance and information relating to the Ministerial Directions and Instructions.

For further information about the Ministerial Directions and Instruction for public construction procurement, contact the Construction Policy Team.