Local Government

Estimating Software Partner of choice for Local Government

If your local government department is ready for high-quality estimating, it is ready for Benchmark Estimating Software. As a partner of choice, we offer estimating software which aligns perfectly with the needs of our local government clients. Do you need to produce estimates for a wide range of projects?

Do you effectively utilise methods of bidding, using previous bids? Do you need to manage complex data? Is your estimating system truly secure?

We are ready to talk about your issues. 

It’s our ambition to get you up to speed quickly, offer you a method to utilise meaningful historical data, and contribute to your fast, accurate, consistent estimating. You can be confident at all times that your estimating data is securely protected and your IP risk exposure minimised.

As part of our software package we provide you with a database of 224 Items and 547 Resources across a large range of your work – perfect for local government departments. There is no additional charge for this database, we simply want to enable you and your team members to make the best use of our software quickly. You can realise significant savings of time and costs by using our database instead of having your estimators setting up Items and Resources.

We also provide you with the tools to utilise and update meaningful historical data to produce budgets easily and quickly.  

Benchmark Estimating Software empowers local government clients with quick comparison of estimates at the various stages of the project life cycle, as well as functionalities to quickly search and filter estimates by key criteria.

Whether you need estimates for construction, landscaping, water and sewer, or any other infrastructure project, our software will make your life easier at every stage of a project, from early stage budget estimating through to project delivery. 

Let’s discuss better ways to manage your data and inform your budgets!


  • Item Library

    Stores your standard rates for improved accountability & greater accuracy and consistency in your estimates.

  • Project Browser

    Easily and quickly find all your estimates from one central place – For greater productivity and better reporting.


    Price bills of quantities issued by engineers or road authorities amazingly quickly – Utilise pre-built Items from your Library for maximum accuracy.

  • Routines

    Easy to price local government work in minutes – Great for concept estimates or repetitive, smaller tasks like road re-sealing.

  • Reports

    Consistent estimate reporting across council – For improved collaboration, more efficient and effective project delivery processes.

  • Bid History

    Utilise and update meaningful historical data to easily produce budgets.

  • Security

    Be confident to minimize your IP risk exposure and securely protect your estimating data and information.

  • Subcontractor Manager

    Analyse and compare subcontractor’s quotes side by side – For improved accuracy, easier analysis and better decision-making power.

  • Documents

    Store all project documents seamlessly with each estimate (drawings, photos, specifications etc) – For improved collaboration, saves time.


    Export data to common ERP/accounting systems – Excellent integration with Microsoft Word, Excel and Project.

  • Project Comparator

    Compare estimates quickly and easily at the various stages of the project life cycle – For powerful analysis reports & time saving.

  • Export to Microsoft Project

    Create a gantt chart automatically and directly from your estimate – Saves time and improves project management.

  • User accounts/security

    Your information is secure and only authorised users can adjust key data including rates and Routines. Estimates can also be locked so certain users cannot adjust them after approval.


    Track changes to rates and all estimates simply and easily – For improved accountability and governance.

Be the benchmark and have one of our team members contact you today:

Testimonials from Local Government

Easy to use

“The Council took on Benchmark Estimating Software to ensure consistent estimating practices and because of its ease of use. Benchmark is a great estimating system for Councils and their training and support is very good. They also understand Local Government needs.”

Jack Mitchell, Design and Support Services CoordinatorCairns City Council, Cairns QLD Australia

Produce estimates for any type of Local Government works

“Benchmark is flexible enough to produce estimates for any type of construction work, because it speeds up the estimating processes and because it is great for determining the composition of your budgets. We ended up getting the estimate for the Main Road upgrade within 5% of the actual costs for the $750,000 project.”

Michael Jackson, Coordinator of Capital WorksGlenorchy City Council, Glenorchy TAS Australia

Return on Investment

“Having a database of rates that is easily maintainable, and being able to adjust estimates easily are just two of the benefits of Benchmark. The software is easy to pick up, and we have definitely gained a return on our investment.”

Troy Punnett, Construction EngineerShoalhaven City Council, Ulladulla NSW Australia

Produce more accurate estimates

“We benefit from Benchmark Estimating Software as it allows us to produce more accurate estimates, compared to preliminary estimates that we received from our contractors before. We get results based on accurate quantities straight away, which saves our work and construction engineers a lot of time. I was really impressed with the ongoing professional support and quality of training we got from Benchmark Estimating Software.”

Greg Fardell, Senior Designer and SurveyorNorthern Beaches Council, Australia

Ease of use & windows based feel

“Benchmark’s ease of use and windows-based feel has made estimating much more efficient in our Council. The system is also very flexible and we can easily customise it to suit our needs. One of the features I use a lot is the integrated email; this makes the whole estimating process much easier and faster. The reports are also fantastic we can instantly generate reports showing the total plant, labour, materials and subcontractor requirements for our works.”

Richard Munro, EstimatorWyong Shire Council, Wyong NSW Australia

Save time with excellent project management information

“I knew that Benchmark [Estimating Software] would provide us with a simple but highly effective system for improved estimates. Our people have found the software easy to use. It provides us with consistent, accurate estimates, saving time with excellent project management information.”

Dave Aber, General ManagerMoree Plains Shire, Moree NSW Australia