The Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) is the research and development arm of the Department of Defence. The agency provides valued scientific advice and innovative technology solutions for Defence and National Security under the leadership of the Chief Defence Scientist. As with most scientific institutions, they are seeking collaborative opportunities with industry that would lead to greater innovation and fit for purpose solutions.
This week we look at the establishment of the Defence Standing Offer Panel Arrangement which seeks industry input to support DSTG’s research and development projects. The new Standing Offer panel resulting from this procurement process will replace an existing Standing Offer panel that will expire 29 March 2022. The skills being sought are divided into the following 19 categories:
1. Aeronautical Engineering
2. AI, Robotics and Data Analytics
3. Biological Sciences
4. Blast Physics
5. Chemical Science
6. Communications Engineering
7. Computer Systems Engineering
8. Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Fabrication
9. Electronic Warfare and Radar
10. Energetic Materials
11. Food Science and Technology
12. Human Science
13. Logistic Systems Scientists and Engineers
14. Material Science
15. Mechanical Engineering
16. Modelling and Simulation
17. Operations Research and Analysis
18. Systems Science, Engineering and Analysis
19. Undersea Warfare and Sonar Technologies
Tenderer’s can select as many categories as suits their skill sets and for each category, tenders will be required to select a level of capability that they can offer based on staff experience and qualification (junior practitioner to pre-eminent). This work will be undertaken nationally with opportunities in each state (except NT). A key criteria for evaluation is Value for Money, so it is important to have good knowledge of the market when it comes to developing your labour rates.
The Panel will run for an initial period of 3 years with 3 x 1 year options for extension. An industry briefing will be held through OnAIR, a virtual event management system on 26 October 2021 (registrations closing 19 Oct) and the RFT will close on 16 November 2021.