Council Circular 24-02 Minor Works contract form for infrastructure delivery for councils

Circular Details24-02 / 5 February 2024 / A885320
Who should read thisGeneral Managers / Council Asset Management, Infrastructure, Project Management and Procurement staff
ContactNSW Public Works/ David Edwards /
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PDF Version24-02 Minor Works contract form for infrastructure delivery for councils

What’s new or changing

  • NSW Public Works has developed the Minor Works 21 Local Government (MW21-LG) Contract that is a plain English, cooperative, and collaborative form of contract, to support the NSW local government sector in delivering infrastructure.

What this will mean for your council

  • The MW21-LG Contract form will be available to all councils from 5 February 2024.
  • The form and supporting documents are available here.

Key points

  • The MW21-LG Contract is tailored for the NSW local government sector to document and manage construction contracts with an estimated value of up to $2 million.
  • The MW21-LG Contract is available to councils free of charge.
  • The MW21-LG Contract is based on the NSW Government’s Minor Works 21 Contract that is widely used by the construction industry in NSW.
  • The standard form contract is maintained and updated by NSW Public Works.
  • The MW21-LG Contract is supported with clause commentary and sample letters to provide ongoing guidance and support to councils and users.
  • Use of a standard MW21-LG Contract offers the following benefits for councils:
    • it allows for clear and consistent allocation of risks
    • it reduces costs to councils and contractors
    • a standard approach makes it easier for council staff in the delivery of projects
    • it provides a standard form of contract across NSW local and state government sectors
    • it incorporates changes in legislation and is regularly reviewed and updated.
  • NSW Public Works offers training and support for councils using the MW21-LG Contract – and can provide comprehensive project and contract management services – on a fee for service basis to assist councils deliver larger infrastructure.

Where to go for further information

  • The form and supporting documents are available here.
  • More information on services offered by NSW Public Works is available here.
  • If you have any enquires relating to the MW21-LG Contract, contact David Edwards, Senior Procurement Advisor, NSW Public Works by email

Douglas Walther
A/Deputy Secretary, Office of Local Government