Most companies that are in the government tendering space would now be aware of the requirements for increased indigenous participation in government procurements. Many Requests for Tender (RFT) particularly those at the Commonwealth level or of potentially high value will call for Indigenous Procurement Plans in the same you need to outline Australian Industry Involvement. This week though we look at an RFT where it is a requirement to be an Indigenous owned organisation to tender. The National Indigenous Australians Agency, a Commonwealth organisation is looking to establish an Indigenous Business and Employment Hub in Darwin, Northern Territory and is seeking services from an Indigenous owned organisation with demonstrated experience, expertise and capability to establish and deliver the Hub.
The total budget for the project is up to $10 million with the contract running for an initial term of four years, so this represents a significant opportunity for the right organisation. It is envisaged that the Hub will be accessed by 600 + Indigenous clients over the contract term, including by Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs who will require intensive coaching and assistance, by community organisations seeking business development support, and via a ‘light touch’ referral offering to job-seekers and stakeholders looking to connect with Indigenous job seekers. The majority of services delivered will be for the start-up, development and growth of Indigenous businesses. The Hub will act as a one-stop shop to connect Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs and job seekers to business and employment advice and opportunities and be a culturally-safe and inclusive space where Indigenous people can work, plan and strategise, meet with clients and access services, including in language using translators as appropriate.
The project is to be delivered in three project stages:
1. Stage 1, the Design Stage. In consultation with stakeholders, the successful Supplier will develop a range of operational plans, that outline the design and implementation plan for the Hub. This is to be completed within three months of date the contract is entered into.
2. Stage 2, the Establishment Stage. The successful Supplier will implement the agreed plans developed during Stage 1. The Hub will be operational within six months of the commencement of Stage 2.
3. Stage 3, the Delivery Stage. The successful Supplier will operate the Hub, and the roll out of its satellite offices, delivering face-to-face and on-line services. The Hub will operate for an initial three-year and three-month period.
As noted above potential suppliers must be a business with at least 50% Indigenous ownership and must include an Indigenous Participation Plan as part of the response. This RFT Closes 14 on January 2022.