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As a new year kicks off and as government Departments plan their procurement activity for the year, there is a steady release of Notices of upcoming Approaches to Market (ATMs) and Industry Briefs. This is a growing trend and good practice allowing industry some preparation time prior to the release of a Request for Tender (RFT). The majority of these Notices are coming from Defence, and this week we look at two Military Communications related procurements.

SEA1442 Phase 5 – Maritime Tactical C3 Sub Program – Industry Brief

A continuous communications upgrade program, SEA 1442 is at Phase 5, which seeks to modernise maritime communications with a focus on interoperability and system commonality. The project scope includes a number of the complimentary elements that make up modern maritime communications systems, including networks, aggregation and encryption equipment, bearers and antennas.

An industry brief is being held on the 19 February 2020 at Brindabella Business Park, ACT to provide early information on the program. These briefs are not mandatory and do not have any bearing on future procurement activity for the project. They do however offer an early insight into the planned procurement and a networking opportunity with potential industry partners (or competitors!)

Date: Wednesday 19 February 2020

Time: 1000 – 1100 (Canberra Time) – Registration opens at 0930, Industry Brief will commence at 1000 and conclude at 1100 with morning tea/networking to follow in the foyer.
Venue: Alastair Swayn Theatre, 35 Brindabella Circuit, Brindabella Business Park, ACT 2609

Joint Project (JP) 9102 Australian Defence Satellite Communications system

Unlike most Notices which provide general advice of an upcoming ATM, this one also seeks registration of potential tenderers interested in participating in any related RFT process to facilitate future communications. Current scope includes:

a. Space Segment: indicatively four (4) Defence owned geo-stationary communications satellites providing coverage over the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean Regions;

b. Ground Segment: upgrading or replacing the existing Wideband and Narrowband Satellite Ground Stations.

c. Control Segment: an ICT based SATCOM Management System that enables the operation of the ASDSS in a contested, degraded, or operationally limited environment, including spacecraft and payload control, planning, resource allocation, monitoring, and troubleshooting; and

d. Facilities: The Project is also scoped to deliver two new Satellite Operation (SATOPS) centres, a primary and an alternate to accommodate the increased SATOPS workforce and elements of the SATCOM Management System.

Defence intends to engage a single prime contractor to enter into an Acquisition Contract and a Support Contract to deliver, upgrade and sustain the JP9102 capability over its life of type with a duration in the order of 25 years. Accordingly, Defence will be seeking to engage a prime contractor that offers a “best of breed” solution for the entirety of the JP9102 scope. It is to be noted that the project is still subject to Government Approval so scope and direction may change.

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Building, Construction and Civil Works

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
ASMTI Project near Greenvale, North Queensland - Market Sounding of Early Works ContractorsNoticeTBCDefence - DSRGNotice
AZ6244 – Notice – New Training Area near Greenvale, North Queensland – ASMTI - Managing Contractor Contract (MCC)NoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
EST02024 Victoria Barracks Melbourne Redevelopment – Notice to Industry – Managing Contractor (MCC-1 2003)NoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
RAAF Point Cook Chapel, VIC18 Feb 204 Feb 20, RAAF Point Cook VICDefence - DSRGRFT
EST0019Ph7B Facilities to Support LAND19PH7B Short Range Ground Based Air Defence (SRGBAD), RAAF Edinburgh19 Feb 20N/ADefence - DSRGEOI
Land154 PH 2 WTI Facilities - Request for Tender - Medium Works Contract (MW-2 2004) - Construct Only19 Feb 2022 Jan 20, Gallipoli Barracks
23 Jan 20, DSTG Edinburgh
Defence - DSRGRFT
Electric Vehicle Storage Construction, Defence Science and Technology Group Edinburgh, SA20 Feb 2030 Jan 20, DSTG Edinburgh, SADefence - DSRGRFT
Fishermans Bend Building Refurbishment Works, VIC21 Feb 2016 Jan 20, DSTG Fishermans Bend VICDefence - DSRGRFT
Oakey Fire Safety Works Sub Package 1, QLD24 Feb 2011 Feb 20, Swartz Barracks, Oakey QLDDefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Richmond 84/86 Wing Works, NSW24 Feb 2011 Feb 20, RAAF Richmond NSWDefence - DSRGRFT
Stage 3 Landscaping Works at Akuna Vista, Schofields NSW24 Feb 20N/ADefence Housing AustraliaRFT
Armidale & Muswellbrook Security Works, NSW24 Feb 207 Feb 20, Sydney NSWDefence - DSRGRFT
Upgrade - 2 houses at Gymkhana Road, RMC Duntroon, Campbell ACT26 Feb 205 Feb 20, Campbell ACTDefence Housing AustraliaRFT
Civil and Fencing at Puckapunyal Military Area, VIC28 Feb 20N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
EST02024 Victoria Barracks Melbourne (VBM) Redevelopment5 Mar 204 Feb 20, Victoria Barracks, Melbourne VICDefence - DSRGRFT
Building Refurbishment, Armoury & related works at Australian Air Force Cadets Morwell & Newborough Training Depot VIC13 Mar 2026 Feb 20, Newborough VICDefence - DSRGRFT
Live In Accommodation Building Refurbishment at Latchford Barracks, Bonegilla VIC16 Mar 2025 Feb 20, Bonegilla VICDefence - DSRGRFT

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
NOTICE - WHS Hazardous Chemicals Register Invitation To Register (ITR)NoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
JP9347 P1 - MTN-SP - Industry EngagementNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
Provision of an Organisational Health SolutionNoticeN/AAustralian Federal PoliceNotice
Notice - Application Sustainment and Support Services for ETOB Invitation to Register (ITR)Notice22 Jan 20, Canberra ACTDefence - DSRGNotice
Pawsey Supercomputing SystemExtended to 25 Feb 2010 Dec 19 and 11 Dec 19, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Perth WACSIRORFT
DOSO Transmit and Receive Antennas18 Feb 20N/ABureau of MeteorologyRFT
EOI - Server Patching and Software Deployment Capability or Service25 Feb 2011 Feb 20, Sydney NSWReserve Bank of AustraliaEOI

Defence & National Security

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Prime Vendor for Counter-CBRNENoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
Defence Innovation Hub - Call for SubmissionsNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
JP9347 P1 - MTN-SP - Industry EngagementNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
LAND2097 PH4 Special Operations Rotary Wing - RFT UpdateNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
Notification of Industry Briefing - Lethality System (LAND 159)Notice5 Feb 20, Melbourne VICDefence - CASGBriefing
Upcoming RFI Personal Electronic CountermeasuresNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
SEA1442 Phase 5 - Maritime Tactical C3 Sub Program - Industry BriefNotice19 Feb 20, Brindabella Business Park ACTDefence - CASGBriefing
Joint Project (JP) 9102 Australian Defence Satellite Communications systemNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
Defence Fuel Services Transformation Program (DFTP) - Fuel Services Contract (FSC) Request for Proposal (RFP)Extended to 6 Mar 201 Nov 19, Canberra ACTDefence - DSRGRFP
JNT9101 EDHFCS - Enhanced Defence High Frequency Communications System28 Feb 20N/ADefence - CASGRFT
RFI - Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer (DDG) SUPPLY CHAIN - REPAIRABLE INVENTORY REPAIR AND OVERHAUL SERVICES28 Feb 20N/ADefence - CASGRFI
Modernisation of Maritime Electronic Warfare2 Mar 204 Dec 19, Adelaide SADefence - CASGRFI
Defence Disposals - Scrapping and Disposal of Defence Materiel, Major Platforms & Explosive Ordnance & Related Services6 Mar 2011 Feb 20, Canberra ACTDefence - CASGRFT
RFI Joint 8190 Deployable Bulk Fuel Distribution (DBFD).11 Mar 207 Feb 20, Melbourne VICDefence - CASGRFI
LAND2097 Phase 4 Special Operations Rotary Wing29 May 20N/ADefence - CASGRFT

Community Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
No Current Opportunities

Education/Training

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
SES Band 3 Capability Development21 Feb 20N/AAustralian Public Service CommissionRFT
Develop and roll out online teaching and learning resources in mathematics and numeracy28 Feb 20N/ADepartment of EducationRFT

Engineering & Architecture

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
EST0019Ph7B Facilities to Support LAND19PH7B Short Range Ground Based Air Defence (SRGBAD), RAAF Edinburgh19 Feb 20N/ADefence - DSRGEOI

Finance/Economics/Auditing

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Internal Audit Services19 Feb 20N/ADepartment of Human ServicesRFT
Tourist Refund Scheme Financial Service Provider4 Mar 20N/ADepartment of Home AffairsRFT

Health

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
NOTICE - Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) Medical Support Services Contract Request for Tender (RFT)NoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
DVA’s rehabilitation servicesNoticeN/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsNotice
Supply and distribution of Automated External Defibrillators and associated training to men’s sheds.18 Feb 20N/ADepartment of HealthRFT
Health and Wellbeing Goods and Services21 Feb 20N/ADepartment of Human ServicesRFT
Developing a Rehabilitation in the Home (RITH) Program for Entitled Persons in the Veteran Community2 Mar 20N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsRFI

Human Resources

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Business Grants Hub – Administration Support Services5 Mar 2010 Feb 20, Canberra ACTDepartment of Industry, Innovation and ScienceRFT

Management Advisory/Market Research

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
AIFFP Capital Infrastructure Services Panel20 Feb 205 Dec 19, Civic ACTDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramRFT
Advice on technical impacts related to the integration of Distributed Energy Resources in future buildings24 Feb 20N/ADepartment of Industry, Innovation and ScienceRFT

Marketing/Media/Comms

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
No Current Opportunities

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
BRIGHT Biosax Insertion DeviceExtended to 21 Feb 20N/AAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT
Program 1: Identification of novel sources of resistance to Septoria Leaf Blotch and understanding of evolution and virulence of the pathogen18 Feb 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Program 2: Optimise oat phenology for Australian oat production environments18 Feb 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Agronomic management of weeds, crop nutrition and farming practices in Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland19 Feb 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Agronomic management of weeds, crop nutrition and farming practices in Central New South Wales to maximise crop profitab19 Feb 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Advice on technical impacts related to the integration of Distributed Energy Resources in future buildings24 Feb 20N/ADepartment of Industry, Innovation and ScienceRFT
Application of behavioural science principles to GRDC communications and extension outputs4 Mar 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Paddock level herbicide resistance management for Western Region growers and advisers4 Mar 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
GRDC Grower Network – Southern Region12 Mar 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
GRDC Grower Network - Southern NSW12 Mar 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
GRDC Grower Network - Central QLD12 Mar 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
GRDC Grower Network - QLD Coastal and Hinterland12 Mar 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
GRDC Grower Network - NSW Coastal and Tablelands12 Mar 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
GRDC Grower Network – Western Region12 Mar 20N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Request for Tender 2019-30115: Water Efficiency Program Delivery Partners Tender20 Mar 20N/ADepartment of AgricultureRFT

MIscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Waste Collection Services for Booderee National Park18 Feb 20N/ADirector of National ParksRFQ
Publishing 35th edition of the Parliamentary Handbook of Commonwealth of Australia19 Feb 20N/ADepartment of Parliamentary ServicesRFT
Visa Processing, Third Person Note Facilitation and Courier Services25 Feb 20N/ADepartment of Foreign Affairs and TradeRFT
Courier and Mail Screening Services2 Mar 20N/AAustralian Taxation OfficeRFT
NDIA ACCESSIBLE COMMUNICATIONS PANEL25 Mar 20N/ADepartment of Human ServicesRFT

Transport (Air, Sea, Land)

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
LAND2097 Phase 4 Special Operations Rotary Wing29 May 20N/ADefence - CASGRFT

Multi-Use Lists

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Supply of Medical Grade Footwear to eligible persons30 Jun 20N/AVeterans’ AffairsMUL
Invitation to provide Day Procedure Centre Services to the Veteran Community30 Jun 20N/AVeterans’ AffairsMUL
Private Hospital Services30 Jun 20N/AVeterans’ AffairsMUL
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Community Nursing Services Invitation30 Jun 21N/AVeterans’ AffairsMUL
Digital Marketplace Panel23 Feb 22N/ADigital Transformation AgencyMUL

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