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This Week in Government Tenders

This Week's Highlight - Preparing for a year of bidding!

Happy New Year!

2018 ended with a flurry of Approaches to Market from a range of government departments, in particular the Grains Research and Development Corporation and Department of Defence (DSRG and CASG). However, while deadlines are looming on some Requests For Tender (RFT), it still pays to take a step back and have a rough plan laid out for the year ahead. A few tips we provided at the end of last year are still worthwhile considering if you havn’t already done so:

1. Review Current tenders for suitability. Most RFTs that were released late last year have due dates throughout February and March, so there is still some time to consider these opportunities. In amongst the RFTs are a few Notices alerting tenderers of upcoming opportunities, start looking at these for suitability and plan them into your bid schedule.

2. Review Procurement Plans. Most government departments will publish a procurement plan that lists the upcoming procurements for the next year and beyond. While the dates published are subject to change (and they frequently do!) it still gives you an idea of what opportunities are coming up allowing you to start thinking through some strategies. For Commonwealth departments, Procurement Plans are published on Austender by agency and are usually updated each quarter.

3. Book in collaboration meetings. Many tenders, particularly in the Commonwealth space are of a large scope and frequently require primes with numerous sub contractors or specifically formed consortiums to bid. Establishing these partnerships and supply chains takes time and can be the undoing of an otherwise solid bid. So it is worth booking in these discussions now, for the coming two months. Have a think about companies you’ve crossed paths with, think “growing Australian capability”, and book in some meetings to discuss potential partnerships or joint bids that may be worth pursuing as a team.

5. Remain Flexible. The most important aspect to tender planning is to build in flexibility. Requests for Tender are rarely released on schedule, at times they are cancelled all together or are rescoped. This can significantly affect resource planning, so you need to have some room to move on resourcing and work planning to ensure you can pull the teams togther when three of those RFTs you’ve been watching get released at the same time!.

6. Seek assistance. Finally, if you are stuck for resource or advice, Engineering Business is available to assist with new year strategies, bid proposals, tendering workshops or just fill in a resource gap if you find your self stuck. Contact us for general advice or to book in a meeting to discuss your tendering requirements for 2019.

If you are after further advice on this topic or any other 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 BriefsDepartment
Christmas Island New Blowholes Boardwalk1 Feb 19N/ADirector of National Parks
Shoalwater Bay Training Area Building Works5 Feb 1911 Dec 18, Rockhampton QLDDefence - DSRG
Lavarack Combat Training Centre Building Works, QLD5 Feb 1918 Dec 18, Townsville QLDDefence - DSRG
Upgrades and Extensions of 52 Houses (Phase 3) Seaward Village WA5 Feb 19N/ADefence Housing Australia
RAAF East Sale Building Maintenance Works5 Feb 1915 Jan 19, East Sale VICDefence - DSRG

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Provision of video conferencing equipment, installation and support in regional and remote areasNoticeN/APrime Minister and Cabinet
Enterprise Network Modernisation Program (ENMP)NoticeN/AAirservices Australia
Core Services and Networking Managed Services Agreement(s) Pre-release NoticeNoticeN/AEnvironment and Energy
Request for Quotation Power and Data Distribution Systems8 Feb 18N/ADefence - CASG
Provision of Managed Network Services11 Feb 1818 Dec 18, Canberra ACTEnvironment and Energy
RFI - ATO Digital Services Modernisation Program13 Feb 1813 Dec 18 via WebinarAustralian Taxation Office
Provision of a commercial off the shelf Case Management System and associated Services15 Feb 18N/AFederal Court of Australia



OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Whole of Australian Government Travel and Procurement Payment SolutionNoticeN/AFinance
National TradeStart Network Tender1 Feb 19N/AAustrade


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Health Technology Assessment, Research Support and Other Support Services Panel31 Jan 19N/AHealth


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Governance and Executive Search Services Panel4 Feb 19N/AFinance
Event Management for AIFS Conference 20204 Feb 19N/AAustralian Institute of Family Studies

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Senior Leader Coaching Services18 Feb 19N/AAirservices Australia


OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Pressure Hull Collapse Testing ProjectExtended to 25 Jan 1923 Oct 18, Fishermans Bend VICDefence - DSRG
Provision of design phase services to support the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility30 Jan 19N/AIndustry, Innovation and Science
EOI - Solar Array at Harts Range Transmit Site, NT5 Feb 19N/ADefence - DSRG

MIscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartment
Notice – Competition and Consumer Law PanelNoticeN/AAustralian Competition and Consumer Commission
Edinburgh SA Air Show - VIP Catering31 Jan 19N/ADefence - DSRG
Edinburgh SA Air Show - Audio31 Jan 19N/ADefence - DSRG
Edinburgh SA Air Show - Shade & Furniture31 Jan 19N/ADefence - DSRG
Edinburgh SA Air Show - Temporary Toilets and Associated Services31 Jan 19N/ADefence - DSRG
Exceptional Leasing Opportunity: Darwin NT : Invitation to Express Interest31 Jan 19N/AHome Affairs
Vegetation Management Services for the Indian Ocean Territories Power Services (IOTPS) on Christmas Island22 Feb 1930 Jan 19, Christmas IslandInfrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
External Security Vetting Services1 Mar 1917 Dec 18, Russell ACTDefence - DSRG

This newsletter captures all Commonwealth opportunities as issued on Austender with a minimum of 3 weeks remaining before RFT closing date. If you would like this newsletter emailed directly to your inbox subscribe at this link. If you are interested in a particular subject area across all government opportunities, Engineering Business can tailor a newsletter specifically for you. Please send us an email with your specific requirements and we’ll be happy to help. Engineering Business can assist you with all your government tendering requirements, from complete drafting to review, contact us to discuss further.

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