COVID-19 contractual guidance

Accord COVID-19-related guidance on additional costs and time, risk management, rapidly re-starting projects

As Alert Levels change and construction resumes in areas outside Level 4, the sector is reminded that MBIE and the Accord have provided COVID-19-related guidance on:

  • additional costs and time on construction projects arising from Alert Level 4
  • risk management
  • rapidly re-starting projects.

The Accord encourages open and transparent dialogue between clients and their supply chain partners to try and achieve the best outcome for the project.

Contractual and variation guidance

Contractors may be entitled to variation claims for extension of time and additional costs resulting from Alert Level 4 lockdowns.

Guidance to public sector agencies on contractual implications of COVID-19 lockdown periods [PDF, 527 KB]

Guidance to public sector agencies on variation claims due to COVID-19 lockdown periods [PDF, 758 KB]

COVID-19 Construction Risk management

The Accord's COVID-19 Construction Risk Management document contains practical guidance and tips in managing the impacts of COVID-19 risks on construction projects. It recommends that government agencies retain cost and time impact risks, due to COVID-19 being outside the Contractor's control.

While primarily written for public sector agencies, adopting the recommendations can also help private sector clients exemplify the principles of the Construction Sector Accord.

COVID-19 Construction Risk Management [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Rapid mobilisation

Following the first lockdown in 2020, the Accord and NZ Government Procurement developed the Rapid Mobilisation Playbook to help fast-track government construction projects.

Rapid mobilisation playbook | New Zealand Government Procurement and Property(external link)

Last updated: 07 September 2021