AUS-SPEC TECHguides provide information on contracts, technical specifications and tender submissions for local government projects. They provide guidance on using the AUS-SPEC specification system to meet the comprehensive contract documentation requirements of local government and address the contracting process, the compilation of contract documents and the tender process for a range of standard and period supply and service contracts. They should be read before starting any Local Government project. Sample contract documents are included to illustrate the principles. The TECHguides also discuss the philosophy behind the creation and development of the AUS-SPEC maintenance system based on quality, competitive principles and programmed maintenance.