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This Week’s Highlight: Mine Countermeasures System Support

In all aspects where there is danger or inconvenience to people, alternative solutions that involve autonomy and robotics are becoming serious considerations. Within military operations, seeking alternatives that remove people from harm has become the priority, wether that be with regards to air combat, front line troops or with underwater operations. So this week we look at a Request for Information that is seeking to understand industry’s capability and capacity to sustain and support the autonomous and unmanned Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Systems currently in use by Navy.

These systems are currently in service and include:

(a) Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV);

(b) Expendable Mine Neutralisation System (EMNS);

(c) Mine Countermeasure Support Boats (MCMSB);

(d) Unmanned surface vessels (USV);

(e) Influence Mine Sweeping System (IMSS); and (f) Exercise training mines (ETM).

It is important to note that this is not a procurement excercise and Defence will not use the RFI to undertake any shortlisting of suppliers. However this is an opportunity for suppliers to make their capability known so that it forms part of Defence’s considerations when forming procurement strategies. The key areas of interest for Defence are the capability to provide:

a. Support Services Management – e.g. organisational management, stakeholder communication, sub-contractor management, co-ordination & risk management, security compliance;

b. Engineering Support – e.g. engineering analysis and investigations, configuration management, engineering change management including verification and validation, system safety engineering, software engineering, management of engineering information systems;

c. Maintenance Support – e.g. planning, scheduling, survey and quote, conduct of planned preventative and ad-hoc corrective maintenance;

d. Supply Support – e.g. demand and requirement management, stock assessment and optimisation, codification and cataloguing, procurement and management of spares, support and test equipment, special packaging and handling equipment, warehousing and distribution, special storage and transport services, management of vendors and their supply chains, use of MILIS, obsolescence monitoring;

e. provision of Training Support

This RFI closes on 15 August 2022.

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
Defence Capital Facilities Infrastructure Branch Upcoming Approaches to Market Notice May2022Notice3 June, Ainslie Football Club and OnlineDefence - DSRGNotice
ASMTI Project near Greenvale, North Queensland - Market Sounding of Early Works ContractorsNoticeN/ADefence - DSRGNotice
Notice - Industry Update for the Base Services Transformation ProgramNotice N/A Defence - DSRGNotice
Defence Airfields Update 004 – NoticeNotice N/A  Defence - DSRGNotice
EST0019PH7B Facilities to Support LAND19 Phase 7B SRGBAD Project – Notice of potential upcoming procurementNotice TBC Defence - DSRGNotice
ANTARCTIC INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL PROGRAM - Industry NoticeNotice N/A Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and ForestryNotice
Lift Servicing - Australian SynchrotronExtended to 27 Jul 2215 Jun, ANSTO Synchrotron Clayton Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT
Request for Tender for design and construction of fire detection and suppression systemExtended to 28 Jul 2220/6 at Cockatoo Island
21/6 at North Head
22/6 at Headland Park
Sydney Harbour Federation TrustRFT
RAAF Townsville Central Emergency Power Station Replacements, QLDExtended to 29 Jul 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Defence Establishment Orchard Hills Ordnance Revetment Works, NSW27 Jul 22N/A  Defence - DSRGRFT
Singleton Road Works, NSW29 Jul 22N/A  Defence - DSRGRFT
BMS Servicing - Synchrotron29 Jul 22N/A Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT
Lake Maintenance Services for Lake Burley Griffin29 Jul 2211-JunNational Capital AuthorityRFT
Borneo Barracks Building Refurbishment, QLD.1 Aug 22N/A Defence Housing AustraliaRFT
Chowder Bay Jetty Refurbishment, NSW1 Aug 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Gallipoli Barracks Water Infrastructure Upgrade, QLD1 Aug 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Puckapunyal Live In Accommodation Refurbishment, VIC2 Aug 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Cerberus Building A516 Building Management System Replacement, VIC5 Aug 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Mulwala Renewable Energy Project, NSW5 Aug 2214 Jul, Online Defence Housing AustraliaEOI
HMAS Cerberus Bridge Repairs, VIC5 Aug 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Cerberus Health Centre Refurbishment, VIC10 Aug 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Singleton Military Area (SMA) Rifleman Wing Minor Repairs and Maintenance, NSW12 Aug 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Holsworthy Tobruk Lines Minor Repairs and Maintenance, NSW15 Aug 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFP RFI
Early Works Contractor17 Aug 2225 Jul, Online CSIRORFT
Lifting Devices22 Aug 2225 Jul, Online Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Mobile Retransmission System (MRS) Acquisition and SupportExtended to 2 Aug 22N/ADefence - CASGRFT
Peppol Capabilities and Associated Services Panel Refresh5 Aug 22N/A Australian Taxation OfficeRFT
Provision of IT Infrastructure Services15 Aug 2226 Jul, InBlue Conference Centre Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the ArtsRFT
RFI for Device Lifecycle Management Service15 Aug 22N/A Services AustraliaRFI
End User Experience31 Aug 2230 Jun, online Australian Taxation OfficeRFT

Defence & National Security

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
STS Young Endeavour External Maintenance Period 02/2228 Jul 22N/A Defence - CASGRFT
Regional Maintenance Provider NorthExtended to 5 Aug 22TBC Defence - CASGRFT
AIR6016 Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System11 Aug 22N/ADefence - CASGRFI
Mine Countermeasures Systems Support15 Aug 22N/A Defence - CASGRFI
Joint Technical Trades Training Services Contract (JTTTS)12 Sep 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Regional Maintenance Provider East16 Sep 22TBC Defence - CASGRFT
Future Clothing System RFT30 Sep 2227 July, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra.Defence - CASGRFT
Integrated Land Target Systems Contractor4 Oct 22N/A Defence - CASGRFT
AIR05428PH3 - Air Mission Training System6 Jan 2321 Feb, TBC Defence - CASGEOI

Community Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Defence Member and Family Support Helpline ServicesNotice TBC Defence - DSRGNotice
Agent Services Yarrabah Back Beach8 Aug 22N/A Services AustraliaRFT
Agent Services Mount Morgan8 Aug 22N/A Services AustraliaRFT
The Provision of Early Childhood Services11 Aug 225 Jul, Currawong Childcare Centre, Barton, ACT Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeRFT


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
AIR6016 Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System11 Aug 22N/ADefence - CASGRFI
Joint Technical Trades Training Services Contract (JTTTS)12 Sep 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT

Engineering & Architecture

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Mulwala Renewable Energy Project, NSW5 Aug 2214 Jul, Online Defence Housing AustraliaEOI


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Acquiring and Settlement Services and Payment Gateway Services11 Aug 22N/A Reserve Bank of AustraliaRFP


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
No opportunities at this time

Human Resources

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
No opportunities at this time

Management Advisory/Market Research

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Phase 3 Commercial Management Advisory Services for the Australian GovernmentNotice N/A Department of FinanceNotice
RFP for the provision of PMO as a Service and Program Management as a Service26 Aug 2215 Jul, OnlineAirservices AustraliaRFP


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Trade Representation Services - France2 Aug 22N/A Tourism AustraliaRFT
Event Production services for the Australian Export Awards ceremony 20225 Aug 22N/A AustradeRFT

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Water Quality Monitoring for Lake Burley Griffin29 Jul 22N/ANational Capital AuthorityRFT
Enterprise choice and sequence strategies that drive sustainable and profitable southern Australian farming systems15 Aug 22TBCGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Short range RPAS for ships sulphur analysis24 Aug 2218 Jun, Online Australian Maritime Safety AuthorityRFT

Miscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Record Books, Various29 Jul 22N/ADefence - CASGRFQ
Display Books and Clipboard Folders29 Jul 22N/ADefence - CASGRFQ
Standing Offer for the provision of High Security Bolt Seals and Tamper Indicative Strap Seals2 Aug 22N/A Department of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFT
Defence Honours and Awards - Engraving & Dispatch Services29 Aug 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Department of Home Affairs: Overseas Service Delivery Partners1 Sep 22Available online from 15 July Department of Home AffairsRFT

Transport (Air, Sea, Land)

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Provision of Freight and Courier Services26 Jul 22N/A CSIRORFT

Multi-Use Lists

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Invitation to provide Day Procedure Centre Services to the Veteran Community30 Jun 24N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsMUL
Private Hospital Services30 Jun 24N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsMUL
Supply of Medical Grade Footwear to eligible persons30 Jun 24N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsMUL
Digital Marketplace Panel23 Feb 23N/ADigital Transformation AgencyMUL

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