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This Week’s Highlight: Defence Estate Works Program Ramps Up

Of all the Commonwealth departments issuing Requests for Tender, Department of Defence is definitely the busiest, with the majority of opportunities within the Defence Estate Upgrade program. This program sees the refurbishment, upgrade and expansion of all Defence establishments across the country in a rolling schedule throughout the year. This year however this activity is set to increase, with the construction industry at the core of economic stimulation and government departments directed to bring planned activities forward. To that end Defence has issued a notice to advise industry that as of 7th August 2020, the Estate Works Program Tender Schedule has been updated to reflect this intention. The net result is an expected increase in projects to be released through the Estate Works Program over the coming years.

Similar to what has been issued in the past, this schedule will provide a forward look of anticipated Approaches to Market. This notice recognises the importance of enabling Defence Industry to plan and manage their workforce and resources in this current climate. As advised in previous posts, undertaking building/construction/civil works on Defence establishments comes with its nuances. Demonstrating an understanding of these can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful tender, so make sure you take these following points into account:

Security Access Requirements: Unlike most construction projects, Defence has stringent security requirements that need to be taken into account when considering schedules, site access and appropriate project staffing. Contractor access passes will need to be arranged to allow unescorted access on site for repetitive visits. At a minimum, staff would need to undertake police checks for receipt of a Contractor access pass. It also means material deliveries need to be planned in advance and access permissions obtained for delivery drivers.

Operational Requirements: Like most upgrades or refurbishments on large multi-purpose sites, building occupants need to continue operations either on site or nearby. Defence places high priority on its operational requirements, and all contracts will allow for this. As a tenderer, you need to be aware that this could introduce potential delays in construction work schedules at short notice and demonstrate awareness and the flexibility to manage this in your tender response.

Contracting Templates: Defence requires use of its own contracting templates as opposed to the Australian Standard templates. These contract templates can be found here. Most commonly used templates for Estate Works Program will be either the Minor or Medium Works templates and it is worthwhile to make yourself familiar with the format and requirements contained within ahead of time. Most RFTs will be single stage (ie no Expressions of Interest first), and will have about 25 days response time.

Federal Safety Commission (FSC) accreditation: For all companies intending to be Head Contractors on Defence projects (or any Australian government projects) with an anticipated project cost of greater than $4 million, you will require Building and Construction WHS accreditation by the FSC. Accreditation lasts three years and requires the submission of an application and a two day on-site audit of your WHS Management System. Note that if you are in the process of preparing a tender submission, the FSC will seek to prioritize the timing of your audit if possible. Further information is found at the FSC Website.

Indigenous procurement policy: This policy aims to grow the Indigenous business sector to which Defence as a department is the largest contributor. Mandatory minimum requirements will apply to any contract greater than $7.5 million. However, while not always mandatory, RFTs may still require you to outline your indigenous procurement policy and detail how you incorporate indigenous businesses in your company’s supply chain. So it is worth your while having an indigenous procurement plan in place especially for work undertaken in regional areas. Supply Nation is a register of verified indigenous businesses which can assist with ensuring your tender complies.

Building Code 2016: for all RFTs post 2 December 2016, compliance with Building Code 2016 will be a mandatory requirement. This also flows through to your subcontractors. Further details on the code’s application can be found here.

For the latest Defence Estate Works Program click here or contact Engineering Business to discuss how you can prepare for these opportunities.

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
Notice - Forward Look: Estate Works Program tender scheduleNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
Upgrade Works to 2 Houses at Puckapunyal Army Barracks, Victoria25 Aug 2024 July 20, Puckapunyal Army Barracks VICDefence Housing AustraliaRFT
Upgrade Works to 3 Houses at Puckapunyal Army Barracks, Victoria25 Aug 2024 July 20, Puckapunyal Army Barracks VICDefence Housing AustraliaRFT
EST05064 & EST02116 – USFPI Robertson Barracks Base Improvements Program25 Aug 204 Aug 20, WebinarDefence - DSRGRFT
Anglesea Barracks Buildings, TAS25 Aug 20

10 Aug 20, Online followed by
Anglesea Barracks, Hobart TAS

Defence - DSRGRFT
Site Maintenance, Akuna Vista, Schofields25 Aug 20N/ADefence Housing AustraliaRFT
RAAF Edinburgh Medical Building Work SA26 Aug 206 Aug 20, RAAF Edinburgh Base SADefence - DSRGRFT
Upgrade - 2 Houses - Duntroon ACT27 Aug 206 Aug 20, Duntroon ACTDefence Housing AustraliaRFT
HMAS Stirling Fence Works, WA28 Aug 20N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Supply of Electricity Services for the Reserve Bank of Australia.31 Aug 20N/AReserve Bank of AustraliaRFT
Airconditioning Project - Retro-Fit - Puckapunyal - VIC1 Sep 20N/ADefence Housing AustraliaRFT
Campbell Barracks Range Fire System, WA1 Sep 2021 and 23 July, Perth, WADefence - DSRGRFT
Stage 6D - Civil Works - Schofields Aerodrome Redevelopment1 Sep 20N/ADefence Housing AustraliaRFT
Request for tender for the replacement of a Septic System in UKTNP4 Sep 2011 Aug 20, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park NTDirector of National ParksRFT
HMAS Stirling Security Works, WA7 Sep 2025 Aug 20, HMAS Stirling WADefence - DSRGRFT

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Hardware Marketplace Panel25 Aug 20N/ADigital Transformation AgencyRFT
Software Marketplace (SMP) - WoAG Software Licensing and Services Panel - Open to New Sellers25 Aug 20N/ADigital Transformation AgencyRFT
Panel Arrangement for Peppol Capabilities and Associated Services31 Aug 20N/AAustralian Taxation OfficeRFT
Provision of Services for Satellite Laser Ranging Operations at Mt Stromlo2 Sep 20N/AGeoscience AustraliaRFT
Deed of Standing Offer for the Provision of Services for Technology, Maintenance and Enhancement at Mt Stromlo2 Sep 20N/AGeoscience AustraliaRFT

Defence & National Security

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Joint Project (JP) 9102 Australian Defence Satellite Communications SystemNotice28 Jul 20, OnlineDefence - CASGNotice
COVID-19 related information for Defence industryNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
LAND 200 Phase 3 Battlefield Command System – Deferred Gate 1 ApprovalNoticeN/ADefence - CASGNotice
SEA129PH5 Maritime Unmanned Aircraft SystemsNoticeTBC OnlineDefence - CASGNotice
Lethality System (LAND 159) - Industry Brief Presentation 30 July 2020Notice30 July OnlineDefence - CASGIB
Army Research Scheme 2020-2131 Aug 20N/ADefence - DSRGRFP
Tier 1A Body Armour SystemExtended to 18 Dec 20N/ADefence - CASGRFQ
RAN Magnetic Treatment FacilityExtended to 25 Sep 20N/ADefence - CASGRFT
JP500 Phase 2 Tranche 2 Human In the Loop10 Sep 20N/ADefence - CASGRFT
LAND 907 Phase 2 Abrams M1A2 Immersive Tactical Trainer (ITT)11 Sep 2022 Jul 20, Puckapunyal VICDefence - CASGRFT
LAND2097 Phase 4 Special Operations Rotary Wing Capability Enhancement Program11 Sep 2013 Aug 20, OnlineDefence - CASGRFP
SEA129PH5 Maritime Unmanned Aircraft System25 Sep 2014 Aug 20, OnlineDefence - CASGEOI
Space Surveillance Capability Element #112 Oct 204 Aug 20, WebinarDefence - CASGRFP
Invitation to Register (Land 125-4) - Integrated Soldier Systems (ISS) Project20 Nov 20N/ADefence - CASGEOI

Community Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Request for Tender for Disability Gateway Service15-Sep-2018 Aug 20, Pre-Recorded VideoDepartment of Social ServicesRFT

Education/Training

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
To establish Standing Offer for training delivery for the Reef Joint Field Management Program8 Sep 20N/AGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park AuthorityRFT
Defence War College Academic Agreement6 Oct 2023 July 20, Online and Australian Defence College, Canberra ACTDefence - DSRGRFT

Engineering & Architecture

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Consultancy Services for Design Guidelines Review, Akuna Vista, Schofields, NSW25 Aug 20N/ADefence Housing AustraliaRFT
Design, Supply and Installation of Conveyor and Transfer Gate system for SyMo facility3 Sep 20N/AAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT

Finance/Economics/Auditing

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Internal Audit Services2 Sep 20N/AExport Finance AustraliaRFT

Health

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
Influenza Vaccination Program 202131 Aug 20N/AAustralian Taxation OfficeRFT
Psychological Assessment Services4 Sep 20N/ADefence - DSRGRFT

Human Resources

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Shared Services Transformation Group (SSTG) Procurement for Labour Hire ResourcesNoticeN/ADepartment of FinanceNotice

Management Advisory/Market Research

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Request for tender for the provision of Transaction Adviser Services for the Davis Aerodrome Project25 Aug 20N/ADepartment of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFT
National Performance Reporting Framework Indicator review31 Aug 20N/ABureau of MeteorologyRFQ
Criminology Research Projects’ Round 20208 Sep 20N/AAustralian Institute of CriminologyRFT
The Annual Cost of Foodborne Illness in Australia11 Sep 20N/AFood Standards Australia New ZealandRFT
Request for Tender ORIC Contractor Services Panel Refresh (SON3490759)14 Sep 20N/ANational Indigenous Australians AgencyRFT

Marketing/Media/Comms

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
No Current Opportunities

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
BR-GHT CoFlow Autoloader Device27 Aug 2019 Aug 20, Australian Synchrotron, Clayton VICAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT
Army Research Scheme 2020-2131 Aug 20N/ADefence - DSRGRFP
Provision of Services for Satellite Laser Ranging Operations at Mt Stromlo2 Sep 20N/AGeoscience AustraliaRFT
Deed of Standing Offer for the Provision of Services for Technology, Maintenance and Enhancement at Mt Stromlo2 Sep 20N/AGeoscience AustraliaRFT
To establish Standing Offer for training delivery for the Reef Joint Field Management Program8 Sep 20N/AGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park AuthorityRFT
EOI - Expression of Interest - Douglas Shoal10 Sep 20N/AGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park AuthorityEOI
BR-GHT MCT-MEX Mechanical Utilities10 Sep 2019 Aug 20, Australian Synchrotron, Clayton VICAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT
Request for Tender for the Provision of a Portable Isolator System for Sterility Testing of Therapeutic Goods16 Sep 20N/ADepartment of HealthRFT

Miscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Site Maintenance, Akuna Vista, Schofields25 Aug 20N/ADefence Housing AustraliaRFT
Laser Engraving Machine ATM25 Aug 20N/ARoyal Australian Mint RFT
Bag, Sand31 Aug 20N/ADefence - CASGRFQ
Supply of High Voltage Cables for Christmas Island31 Aug 20N/ADepartment of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and CommunicationsRFQ
Metal Shredder2 Sep 20N/ADefence - DSRGRFQ
Foreign marine vessel caretaking and disposal services in the Torres Strait and Gulf of Carpentaria21 Sep 20N/AAustralian Fisheries Management AuthorityRFT

Transport (Air, Sea, Land)

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
RFI 20/621 - Intercontinental Aviation Capabilities to support Australian Antarctic Program4 Sep 20N/ADepartment of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFI
Foreign marine vessel caretaking and disposal services in the Torres Strait and Gulf of Carpentaria21 Sep 20N/AAustralian Fisheries Management AuthorityRFT

Multi-Use Lists

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

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