Client Tools and Resources

ACE New Zealand offers a few resources that may be helpful to our Members' clients, from standard contracts to information sheets. Browse our selection of tools below and don't forget to check out our documents library or find an engineer to work with using our Members Directory.


Online Library

Members Directory


Client Information Sheets

ACE New Zealand has produced a set of 5 information sheets, specifically designed with the client in mind. You can learn more about each of our documents below and download any or all of them in our online Library here.

  1. Professional Service Contracts, part 1 - Learn why the client should limit the liability in the contract.
  2. Professional Service Contracts, part 2 - Why clients should avoid non-standard conditions of contract for professionals.
  3. Understanding the value of Consulting Engineering services.
  4. Changes in the CCCS Document (Conditions of Contract for Consultancy Services, our most popular standard contract).
  5. Producer Statements 101 - What they are and how to use them.


Standard Contracts

ACE New Zealand fully supports the use of CCCS and the Short Form Agreements for both client and consultant to use when engaging for professional services. As a result, we provide these free of charge. You can download both of these documents and any relevant guidelines in our online library (link above).

The CCCS is meant to be used for larger and more complex projects. It is currently undergoing a review, as a result of the 2015 and 2016 legislative changes. Our current edition has been thoroughly reviewed and shaped by a large stakeholder group which includes both clients, contractors, and consultants. It then undergoes an extensive legal review to ensure it can be used for the majority of projects by the majority of users without contradicting any current legislation or laws. We recommend that if you need to create one-off or special conditions as a part of your contract, that those be addressed either in the scope of your project or in the special conditions section.

The Short Form Agreement is a suitable contract to use for small to medium-sized projects where risk and responsibility are reasonably shared between the parties. The SFA can still be used for larger projects, however, we recommend using CCCS for the large jobs.

Both the CCCS and Short Form Agreement are copyrighted documents, so only areas that are open for editing should be edited. We provide a guidance document on both forms of contract if you have any queries.


CiC Design Guides

ACE New Zealand is also a Member of the Construction Industry Council, known as CiC. This body is comprised of various construction and built environment organisations, who advocate and provide valuable service to the overall industry. You can learn more about CiC here and peruse the entire collection of design guidance documents here which was updated in 2016.

It is important to note however that any user of the guidelines should review and edit them prior to issue otherwise they will describe the tasks and deliverables for a "traditional" project only. Please take the time to edit these guidelines to suit your particular project requirements or role. Please download the guidance documents directly from the CiC website here, but you can view the selection below.

  • Preface - Preamble - Glossary
  • 1 - Title Page
  • 2 - Project Establishment
  • 3 - Concept Design
  • 4 - Preliminary Design
  • 5 - Developed Design
  • 6 - Detailed Design
  • 7 - Procurement
  • 8 - Construction Administration Observation
  • 9 - Post Completion


QBS Selection

QBS stands for Quality Based Selection and is generally considered the best approach when contracting for professional services. It can sometimes be overwhelming to select a provider while proving the best value for your organisation. Price is often a heavy factor but isn't always what provides the best value.


Proposed Alternative Mechanisms to Award Works Contracts

FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers) is the global body representing engineers worldwide. With input from Member nations such as New Zealand (ACE New Zealand), Australia (Consult Australia), United Kingdom (ACE UK), Canada (ACEC Canada), the United States (ACEC), and many more, they have developed a brief document on proposed alternative mechanisms to awarding works contracts.

This document has been shaped by the best practice feedback and guidance from leading consulting engineers and multilateral development banks. It covers topics such as prequalification and shortlisting of contractors, recommended selection approaches, and the pros and cons of alternatives. You can download this document directly here.