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If you have submitted a tender over the last 6 months, it is highly likely that you would have been required to submit a Statement of Tax Record. This is a new and often unexpected requirement for most tenderers and always represents a mandatory requirement. so, if government tendering is in your business development goals, particularly Commonwealth government, then applying for your Statement of Tax Record should be one of your first steps.

This requirement stems out of the Black Economy Procurement Policy introduced in July last year, which is an initiative by the Commonwealth Government to increase the integrity of government procurement. It ensures that procurement agencies are only awarding contracts to business who keep their tax obligations up to date, including registration, lodgment and payment with the aim to promote good tax behaviour and create an even playing field for businesses that comply with their tax obligations.

From 1 July 2019, new approaches to market over $4 million have required businesses (including new and foreign businesses) wishing to tender for Australian Government procurement contracts to provide a statement from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) showing they have a Satisfactory Tax Record (STR). Similarly, any first-tier subcontractors with a subcontract for over $4 million are also required to hold an STR. Note that many smaller valued contracts and broad panel arrangements are also requiring an STR as a mandatory part of tender submisisons.

STRs are simple to obtain, and if tender timeframes are limited, a receipt showing your application for an STR will be adequate for the tender submission, followed by a STR before contract signature should you be successful. The request for an STR is normally processed within four business days. Steps for applying for an STR are set out here.

An STR is valid for:

• 12 months from the time of issue – if you have an Australian tax record of four or more years

• 6 months from the time of issue – if you have an Australian tax record of less than four years.

Your STR must be valid at the tender closing date. You may need to provide an updated STR during the life of the contract if specified in the terms of your contract. More information is also available on the ATO’s STR page.

If you are after further advice on this topic or any opportunity listed below, feel free to contact us. You can also subscribe to this newsletter for regular weekly updates.

Building, Construction and Civil Works

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
ASMTI Project near Greenvale, North Queensland - Market Sounding of Early Works ContractorsNoticeTBCDefence - DSRGNotice
Davis Aerodrome Project - Notice No. 1NoticeOnline DocumentDepartment of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentNotice
RAAF Point Cook Museum Refurbishment, VIC22 Jun 202 Jun 20, TeleconferenceDefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Point Cook Building Works, VIC22 Jun 2010 Jun 20, TeleconferenceDefence - DSRGRFT
Gallipoli Heritage Works, QLD23 Jun 209 Jun 20, TeleconferenceDefence - DSRGRFT
Robertson Barracks Family Centre Works, Darwin NT23 Jun 209 Jun 20, TeleconferenceDefence - DSRGRFT
Project Management and Contract Administration (PMCA) Services - National Collections, Black Mountain ACT25 Jun 209 Jun 20, WebexCSIRORFT
East Bandiana Weapons Maintenance Facility, VIC26 Jun 2010 Jun 20, TeleconferenceDefence - DSRGRFT
Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Duntroon Civil Works, ACT26 Jun 2011 Jun 20, TeleconferenceDefence - DSRGRFT
CSIRORFT2020016 – Construction Works for GMP Facility - Building 205A ClaytonExtended to 6 Jul 20N/ACSIRORFT
MakerSpace Learning Areas-Two Portable facilities2 Jul 20N/ADefence - DSRGRFP

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Records Management SolutionExtended to 16 Jun 20N/AAdministrative Appeals TribunalRFT
AUDIO VIDEO MANAGED SERVICES19 Jun 20N/AReserve Bank of AustraliaEOI
Network, Unified Communications, Cyber Security, Data Centre Hardware, Software and Services eProcurem22 Jun 20N/ACSIRORFT
Records Management SolutionExtended to 2 Jul 20N/AAged Care Quality and Safety CommissionRFT
Establishment of the new Cloud Marketplace (CMP) sourcing arrangement25 Jun 203 Jun 20, Zoom MeetingDigital Transformation AgencyRFT
Digital Tech Hub6 Jul 20N/ADepartment of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and CommunicationsRFT
Mainframe Workload Modernisation / Optimisation Request for InformationExtended to 31 Jul 20N/ADepartment of Home AffairsRFI

Defence & National Security

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Advance Notice for RFI Joint 8190 Deployable Bulk Fuel Distribution (DBFD).NoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
Defence Innovation Hub - Call For SubmissionsNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
Joint Project (JP) 9102 Australian Defence Satellite Communications SystemNoticeTBCDefence - CASGNotice
COVID-19 related information for Defence industryNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
LAND 907 Phase 2 Abrams M1A2 Immersive Tactical Trainer (ITT)NoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
Industry Briefing – Integrated Soldier System (ISS) (Land 125-4)Notice26 May 20, OnlineDefence - CASGIB
Tier 1A Body Armour SystemExtended to 18 Dec 20N/ADefence - CASGRFQ
Unit Hovercraft23 Jun 20N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
LAND2097 Phase 4 Special Operations Rotary WingExtended to 10 Jul 20N/ADefence - CASGRFT
Counter Improvised Threat Grand Challenge Phase 2: Integration29 Jun 20N/ADefence - DSRGRFP
LAND 8140 Tranche 1 Deployable Force InfrastructureExtended to 20 Jul 20N/ADefence - CASGRFT
Air Force Centenary Program (AF2021) Sponsorship Application form30 Jun 20N/ADefence - DSRGEOI
CTC-LIS Support Request for Proposal3 Jul 20N/ADefence - CASGRFP
RAN Magnetic Treatment Facility14 Aug 20N/ADefence - CASGRFT

Community Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
No Current Opportunities


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Defence War College Academic AgreementNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
Provision of Leadership Development ProgramExtended to 23 Jun 20N/ADefence Housing AustraliaRFT
Pacific Maritime Training Services30 Jun 20N/ADefence - CASGRFT

Engineering & Architecture

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Provision of technical services for the regulation of Major Hazard Facilities (MHF)6 Jul 20N/AComcareRFT


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Financial Statement Audits 2021-2023 Tranche 526 Jun 20N/AAustralian National Audit OfficeRFT
Provision of technical services for the regulation of Major Hazard Facilities (MHF)6 Jul 20N/AComcareRFT


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
1800RESPECT phone and online counselling and information for people impacted by domestic, family and sexual violenceNotice20 Mar 20, TeleconferenceDepartment of Social ServicesNotice

Human Resources

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
No Current Opportunities

Management Advisory/Market Research


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Registration, Ticketing and Site Access Accreditation Services for Commemorative Events - France, Turkey and Australia22 Jun 20N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsRFT

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heat Pump equipment maintenance and leak management19 Jun 20N/ADepartment of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFT
Supply of Air Temperature and Relative Humidity Measurement Devices2 Jul 20N/ABureau of MeteorologyRFT
Southern Positioning Augmentation NetworkExtended to 22 Jul 2031 Mar 20 OnlineGeoscience AustraliaRFT

Miscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Customs Brokerage Services16 Jun 20N/ACSIRORFT
Printing Sales and Distribution Services to facilitate use of the Agency’s Acute Care Classifications.19 Jun 20N/AIndependent Hospital Pricing AuthorityRFT
RFT for the Provision of Destruction Services16 Jul 20N/ADepartment of Home AffairsRFT

Transport (Air, Sea, Land)

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Unit Hovercraft23 Jun 20N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
LAND2097 Phase 4 Special Operations Rotary Wing10 Jul 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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