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This Week’s Highlight: Australian Mint Seek Information on Autonomous Systems

The Request for Information (RFI) is a tool being used by government agencies more frequently as a way of engaging with industry and undertaking market reserach prior to the issue of a Request for Tender (FRT). An RFI can be structured to determine a number of things including the best contract format to issue, the feasibility or availablity of a proposed technical solution, industry’s willingness to tender for a specific requirement or the level of competiveness in the market for a particular requirement. In the majority of cases, responding to an RFI is not a requirement for inclusion in future related procurement activity. However, it is a Tenderer’s opportunity to shape a future procurement and develop a profile for their business within the procuring agency. So if you can spare the time, it is worth your while submitting a response, even if it is only partial.

This week we look at an RFI issued by the Royal Australian Mint for the provision of information on Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to meet the requirements of the production environment of the Mint. Autonomous technologies are developing rapidly, as such an approach to industry for the latest information is a worthwhile exercise to enable a robust approach to market and reduce the risks associated with the proposals not matching the expected outcome.The Mint is requesting information on the following:

  • A list of ideal customer specifications that would enable development of a robust, fit-for-purpose proposal for the provision of:
    1. An AGV system for use in a manufacturing production environment
    2. A warehousing and inventory management software to manage stock locations, stock status and AGV movements, for integration with existing MES (Manufacturing Execution System) software
    3. A high-density storage solution for the storing and retrieval of pallets of stock within a secure basement storage area, that may include automation

Recommended attachments that could be included in the ATM to help develop a response can be suggested. For example, building layout drawings.

The information should be in a format that Mint staff can use as the basis of a technical dossier to underpin an ATM. Information received in the RFI will be considered during this process.

The RFI closes on 11 November 2022.

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Building, Construction and Civil Works

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
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 - Notice - ECIHC RAAF Base TownsvilleNotice TBCDefence - DSRGNotice
EST0129PH3 Facilities to Support LAND 129 Phase 3 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – Notice of upcoming procurementNotice N/A Defence - DSRGNotice
EST3025PH2 – Facilities to Support SOER Capability Project – Notice of Intent to Release ProcurementNotice N/ADefence - DSRGNotice
Notice - Estate Works Program Defence Industry UpdateNotice TBCDefence - DSRGNotice
Defence Capital Facilities and Infrastructure Branch - Planned Upcoming Contractor Approaches to Market Notice (Oct 22)Notice 25 Nov, Federal Golf Club, Canberra and OnlineDefence - DSRGNotice
RAAF Pearce Building Minor Repairs and Maintenance, WAExtended to 28 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Puckapunyal Hangar Refurbishment, VIC25 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Simpson Barracks Live In Accommodation Refurbishment, VIC25 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Simpson Barracks Live In Accommodation Refurbishment, VIC25 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Simpson Barracks Live In Accommodation Refurbishment, VIC25 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Eden Wharf Works, NSWExtended to 9 Nov 22TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
Oakey Roads and Carpark Resurfacing, QLD25 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
West Head Gunnery Range Minor Repairs and Maintenance, VIC25 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Oakey Combined Mess Minor Refurbishment, QLD25 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Townsville 295 Workshop Minor Refurbishment, QLD28 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Preventative Maintenance Services Request for Tender28 Oct 22N/ANtional Archives of AustraliaRFT
Cultana Training Area Underpass – Early Contractor Involvement Head ContractorExtended to 1 Nov 22TBCDefence - DSRGEOI
Aids to Navigation maintenance and Level 1 Emergency Towage CapabilityExtended to 28 Oct 22N/A Australian Maritime Safety AuthorityRFT
Keswick Barracks Buildings Minor Restoration and Maintenance, SA31 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Maintenance Services Agreement (MSA) – Fire Services – The Landing31 Oct 2211 Oct, ‘The Landing’ 380 Samford Road Enoggera,Defence Housing AustraliaRFT
RAAF Williamtown Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) Accommodation Refurbishment, NSW1 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Albatross Health Centre Refurbishment, NSW1 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Kuttabul Dredging Works, NSW1 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Williamtown Sergeants Mess Refurbishment, NSW3 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
EENCC2025 - Advice on the technical basis to increase the stringency of commercial building energy efficiency regulation9 Nov 22N/ADepartment of Industry, Science and ResourcesRFT
EST00351 - National Airfields Capital Works RAAF Base Darwin ECIHC10 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Builder Upgrade – Puckapunyal VIC8 Nov 22N/ADefence Housing AustraliaRFT
HMAS Cerberus Engineering Facility Building Refurbishment, VIC7 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Tennis Court Upgrade at Australian Parliament House7 Nov 2221 Oct, OnsiteDepartment of Parliamentary ServicesRFT
RAAF Williamtown Officers Accommodation Refurbishment, NSW7 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Market Sounding for ESTA6500PH1 and ESTA6502PH1 facilities (MCC-1-2021)9 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGEOI
CSIRORFT2022022 Design and Installation of Car Park Solar PV at the Newcastle Site11 Nov 22N/ACSIRORFT
DSTG Edinburgh Data Centre External Services Upgrade, SA14 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Edinburgh Aircraft Structural Fitter (ASTFITT) Refurbishment, SA14 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Repair of Blowholes Boardwalk and Associated Structures at Christmas Island National Par14 Nov 22TBCDirector of National ParksRFT
Suakin Barracks Pymble Multi-User Depot Refurbishments, NSW14 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Campbell Barracks B0004 Refurbishment, WA14 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Structural Upgrades, Brisbane QLD x 1014 Nov 2231 Oct and 1 Nov, 10 various locations Defence Housing AustraliaRFT
Puckapunyal Living-In Accommodation Refurbishments, VIC15 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Provision of Base Services to Defence sites across Australia16 Dec 2219 Oct, Online Defence - DSRGRFP

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Notice to Industry - SECRET Cloud ServicesNotice N/A Defence - DSRGNotice
Cloud Marketplace Refresh31 Oct 22N/ADigital Transformation AgencyRFT
Provision of Portfolio Project Management (PPM) Software11 Nov 22N/AAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationEOI
Corporate Systems Power Platform Development18 Nov 22N/AAustralian Institute of Marine ScienceEOI
Midrange and Data Centre Services (as a whole)25 Nov 2221 Sept, Online Agency:Australian Taxation OfficeRFT
Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Services25 Nov 2221 Sept, Online Agency:Australian Taxation OfficeRFT

Defence & National Security

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Joint Air Rescue Service (JARS) ContractNotice N/ADefence - CASGNotice
SEA1442 Ph5 Maritime Communications ModernisationNotice N/ADefence - DSRGNotice
Land C4 Combat Capability Review31 Oct 22TBCDefence - DSRGRFI
Provision of Electricity to Defence Sites in Tasmania31 Oct 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Supply of Audio Equipment for the Sustainment of the Hobart Class Guided Missile Destroyers (DDGs)8 Nov 22N/ADefence - CASGRFT
Provision of Commercial Vessels to the RAN17 Nov 2218 Oct, Holiday Inn at Potts PointDefence - DSRGRFT
AIR05428PH3 - Air Mission Training System6 Jan 2321 Feb, TBC Defence - CASGEOI
ADF Sea Boat Program20 Jan 2319 Sept, Sydney. 20 Sept, Hobart. 22 Sept, Perth Defence - CASGRFT

Community Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Indigenous Electoral Participation Engagement Services26 Oct 225 Oct, Online Australian Electoral CommissionRFT
Defence Family and Member Support (DMFS) Helpline & Services14 Nov 22N/ADefence - DSRGRFT
Request for Tender for Disability Gateway Service25 Nov 2214 Oct, OnlineDepartment of Social ServicesRFT


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
No opportunities at this time

Engineering & Architecture

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Rolling Hull Survey Services9 Nov 22N/ADepartment of Home AffairsRFT
Production Studio Space Design11 Nov 2219 Oct, Online Australian Broadcasting CorporationRFP
Request for information for AGV specifications11 Nov 22N/ARoyal Australian MintRFI


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Financial Statement Audit31 Oct 22N/AAustralian National Audit OfficeRFT
Domestic Debt Registry Services7 Nov 2219 Oct, Treasury Building Newlands Street PARKES AAustralian Office of Financial ManagementRFT


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Consumer Medicine Information and Reporting for Medicine Events Phone Line Services28 Oct 22N/ADepartment of Health and Aged CareRFT
Influenza Vaccination Program & other Vaccination7 Nov 22N/AServices AustraliaRFT
Psychological Services25 Nov 22N/AAustralian Competition and Consumer CommissionRFT
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Community Nursing Services Invitation30 June, 24N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsRFT

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
Evaluation of the Christmas Island and Pulu Keeling National Park Management Plans31 Oct 22N/ADirector of National ParksRFQ
Australia Awards Climate Change Short Courses3 Nov 2218 Oct, OnlineDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramEOI
Study to Scope the Relocation of the Geoscience Australia Alice Springs Satellite Ground Station Facility8 Nov 22N/AGeoscience AustraliaRFT
Strategic Partner to Future Operations Taskforce8 Nov 22N/AAustralian Maritime Safety AuthoritRFT
RFEOI - Planning services to support the development of hospitality strategy including a new café8 Nov 22N/ANational Gallery of AustraliaEOI
Research Services: Basin Community Values15 Nov 22N/AMurray-Darling Basin AuthorityRFT


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Australia Marketplace North America 2023-25 - Event Management Services25 Oct 2226 Sept, location TBCTourism AustraliaRFT
Trade Representation Services - South Korea7 Nov 2220 Oct, Tourism AustraliaRFT

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Analyse active and potential threats to island ecosystems in the Great Barrier ReefExtended to 25 Oct 228 Sept, Online Great Barrier Reef Marine Park AuthorityRFT
Epidemiolog, economic thresholds and managemen of Ascochyta blight and Botrytis diseases in lentil and faba beans27 Oct 22N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Increasing intrinsic heat tolerance of wheat through improved genetics31 Oct 22N/A Grains Research and Development CorporatioRFT
ACRCP Website: Optimising genetic control of wheat rusts through improved access to knowledge7 Nov 22N/AGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Gas Chromatograph with Tandem Mass Spectrometer (GC-MSMS) system7 Nov 22N/ADepartment of Industry, Science and ResourcesRFT
Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Instrumentation7 Nov 22N/ADepartment of Industry, Science and ResourcesRFT
Supply of a 800 kVA AC 50 Hz Voltage Source14 Nov 22N/ADepartment of Industry, Science and ResourcesRFT

Miscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Request for Expression of Interest1 Nov 22N/AServices AustraliaEOI
Public Carparking System7 Nov 22N/ADepartment of Parliamentary Services
Venue management and catering services11 Nov 2218 Oct, Old Parliament HouseOld Parliament HouseRFT
Request for information for AGV specifications11 Nov 22N/ARoyal Australian MintRFI
Retail Electricity Supply15 Nov 22N/AExport Finance AustraliaRFT
Domestic and International Removal and Storage Services15 Nov 22N/AAustralian Federal PoliceRFT
2D Container x-ray and Automated Threat Detection (ATD) technology for Sea Cargo15 Nov 22N/ADepartment of Home AffairsRFI
Federal Government Department – Leasing Opportunity Brisbane SHIELD16 Nov 22N/AAustralian Federal PoliceRFT
Approach to Market for the provision of National Police Checking Services18 Nov 22N/ADepartment of Health and Aged CareRFT

Transport (Air, Sea, Land)

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
For the provision of Delivery of Overseas Postal Vote Packs25 Oct 22N/AAustralian Electoral CommissionRFT
FIXED WING AERIAL DISPERSANT CAPABILITY25 Nov 22N/AAustralian Maritime Safety AuthorityRFT

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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