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This Week’s Highlight: Defence Construction & Building Works

While December usually sees a mad rush of tender releases, January is generally the slower end of the scale. As we edge towards the end of the month, the tender release tempo is starting to pick up and the greatest activity is within Defence Estate opportunities. For those construction /building companies looking to expand into government opportunities, Defence Estate has a significant offering spanning across every state, presenting a wide range of projects of varying size, complexity and specialisation. The Estate Works Program (EWP) provides facilities maintenance projects aimed at restoring or sustaining Defence establishments and addressing safety and compliance requirements of facilities and infrastructure. The program is funded to around $17 billion over the next 4 years.

As noted, the opportunities are varied and this week sees Requests for Tender (RFTs) issued for Victoria, WA, SA, Queensland, ACT, NSW for projects that range from small refurbishments to larger requirements for a Managing Contractor. While Defence Estate represents a significant pool of government construction work, there are a number of aspects a tenderer needs to be aware of to improve their chances of success in a highly competitive market.

– Site/industry brief: While the pandemic has affected access to sites, almost every Defence Estate RFT will have an associated site or industry briefing, even if it is conducted remotely. For a construction related tender, these briefings can be very important to gaining a better understanding of the intricacies with a specific site that will allow you to tailor your response and demonstrate your expertise.
– Security: Have you considered the required security clearances for staff and are you aware of the impact of base access requirements?
– Heritage: Many defence sites have heritage protections that need to be considered.
– Operational Impact: Are you aware of the Defence operational requirements of the base and the impact this may have on your schedule? This needs to be factored in any risk mitigation plans.
– Contracts and legislative requirements. Have you reviewed the Defence tailored contracting template and are you willing to comply? Defence contracts also require compliance with a number of WHS and building regulations that may require certification prior to tendering.

Defence have been proactive in informing the market on larger opportunities ahead of time with pre RFT release notices, and have also offered a number of online training sessions and industry briefings on the program, so its worth keeping an eye out for these.

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 BriefsDepartmentATM
Notice to Industry - Sydney Living-in Accommodation, Randwick BarracksNotice TBC Defence - DSRGNotice
EST02009 Managing Contractor (MCC-1 2021) – Notice of Impending ProcurementNotice TBCDefence - DSRGNotice
Provision of Mechanical Maintenance ServicesExtended to 8 Feb 2216 Dec, Online Airservices AustraliaRFP
Victoria Barracks H Block Generator, VICExtended to 27 Jan 227 Dec, Online. 8 Dec Victoria Barracks Defence - DSRGRFT
Request for tender for the Margaret Knoll Boardwalk and Viewing Platform ReplacementExtended to 28 Jan 228 Dec 21, OnlineDirector of National ParksRFT
Electrical Upgrade and Asbestos Removal Queensland Offshore Marine Aids to NavigationExtended to 4 Feb 22N/A Australian Maritime Safety AuthorityRFT
Special Operations Facilities Program - EST2097PH4 and EST1508PH1 - Request For Tender (DSC-1 2021)Extended to 16 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
HMAS Stirling Carport Redecorate, WA31 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
High Voltage Electrical Cables for Christmas Island31 Jan 22N/A Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and CommunicationsRFT
HMAS Cerberus Dredging, VIC31 Jan 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Bindoon Training Area Building Refurbishments, WA3 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
DNP-PKNP-2122-002 Cocos Island Building Repairs4 Feb 22N/A Director of National ParksRFT
RAAF Edinburgh Airside Facility Refurbishment Works, SA4 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Lavarack Barracks K Precinct Refurbishments, QLD4 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
North Queensland Military Museum Refurbishment, QLD8 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Townsville Hangar 75 Refurbishment, QLD10 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Sports Centre Refurbishment, ACT14 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
Keswick Barracks Buildings Minor Restoration and Maintenance, SA14 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
RAAF Williamtown Dental Centre Refurbishment, NSW15 Feb 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT
REOI Provision of Construction21 Feb 22N/AAirservices AustraliaEOI
EST7003PH1 and ESTA3503PH1 – Managing Contractor Contract – Request For Tender10 Mar 22N/A Defence - DSRGRFT

ICT & Communications

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Point of Support (POS) SystemOnlineTBCServices AustraliaRFT
Initiation of a Technology Transformation Program27 Jan 22TBC Export Finance AustraliaRFT
Site Scoping Services31 Jan 22N/A Geoscience AustraliaRFT
Job advertisement data1 Feb 22TBCDepartment of Education, Skills and EmploymentRFT
Request for Information in relation to grants management systems11 Feb 22TBC Department of FinanceRFI

Defence & National Security

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Defence Innovation Hub - Call For SubmissionsNotice TBC Department of Defence - ISGNotice
EAP Standing Offer PanelNoticeTBCDefence - DSRGNotice
DEFENCE FUEL TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM - DEFENCE FUEL NETWORK MANAGING CONTRACTOR CONTRACT - NOTICE 1Notice N/A Defence - DSRGNotice
DEFENCE FUEL TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM - FUEL SUPPLY CONTRACT - NOTICE 1Notice N/A Defence - DSRGNotice
Combat Survivability & Lifesaving Equipment (CSLSE)Extended to 31 Jan 2229 Nov, Online Defence - CASGRFI
Destroyer Capability Life Cycle Manager ProcurementExtended to 4 Feb 22N/ADefence - CASGRFT
Space Domain Awareness Project (JP9360)10 Feb 22N/A Defence - CASGRFI
NMP1950 - Replacement Hyperbaric Chamber28 Jan 22TBCDefence - CASGRFT
Navy Platforms and Systems Training Services Contract11 Feb 2229 Nov, Navy Training Systems Centre Defence - DSRGRFT
Home Station Training Industry Engagement11 Feb 22N/ADefence - DSRGEOI
HELICOPTER UNDERWATER ESCAPE TRAINING SUPPORT CONTRACT2 Mar 22TBC Defence - DSRGRFT
Defence Administrative Assistance Program (DAAP) Services4 Mar 22TBCDefence - DSRGRFT
LAND 129 Phase 4B Small Unmanned Aerial System4 Mar 22N/A Defence - CASGRFT
Field Lubricating and Servicing Pallet (FLSP) Replacement8 Mar 22N/A Defence - CASGRFT
LAND8710-1 LMV-M14 Jun 22TBCDefence - CASGRFT

Community Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
EAP Standing Offer PanelNoticeTBCDefence - DSRGNotice

Education/Training

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
NOTICE - Certificate IV in Procurement and Contracting Training Courses Invitation to Register (ITR)Notice N/A Defence - DSRGNotice
Navy Platforms and Systems Training Services Contract11 Feb 2229 Nov, Navy Training Systems Centre Defence - DSRGRFT
Training Partner and facilities to develop a Biosecurity Training Centre (BTC)14 Feb 22N/A Department of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFT

Engineering & Architecture

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Design Management, Concept Design and Cost Planning for the Nuclear Medicine Manufacturing Facility Project Phase 1Extended to 31 Jan 22TBCAustralian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganisationRFT

Finance/Economics/Auditing

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Financial Statement Audit28 Jan 22NAAustralian National Audit OfficeRFT
Fair Entitlements Guarantee Verification Services Panel 202214 Feb 22TBCAttorney-General’s DepartmentRFT
Provision of Transaction Banking Services9 Feb 22N/A Defence Housing AustraliaRFT

Health

Human Resources

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Request for Tender for Employment Facilitator and Support Services for the Local Jobs Program 2022-2025 in 20 regions1 Feb 22N/A Department of Education, Skills and EmploymentRFT
Request for Tender People Panel – Phase 1: Recruitment and Search Services for the Australian Government14 Feb 2213 Dec, Online

14 Dec, Australian National University

16 Dec, Online

Department of FinanceRFT

Management Advisory/Market Research

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Australia Awards Timor-Leste7 Feb 22TBCDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramRFT
Women+ Leading and Influencing Program (known as (WLI)8 Feb 22N/A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Aid ProgramRFT
Supply of Services for the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) Program28 Feb 22N/A Department of Home AffairsRFT

Marketing/Media/Comms

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Approach to Market Annual Review of Exhibition Services PanelExtended to 11 Feb 22TBCAustralian War MemoriaRFT

Scientific/Environmental Research, Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Defence Innovation Hub - Call For SubmissionsNotice TBC Department of Defence - ISGNotice
Stubble residue management for optimising canola establishment in the Wimmera31 Jan 22TBCGrains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Site Scoping Services31 Jan 22N/A Geoscience AustraliaRFT
Ship based Automatic Weather Stations1 Feb 22TBCBureau of MeteorologyRFT
Micro-XRF Mapper2 Feb 22N/A CSIRORFT
Liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer (LC - MS)7 Feb 22N/A Department of Industry, Science, Energy and ResourcesRFT
Charter of a Vessel to support turtle research trips10 Feb 22N/AGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park AuthorityRFT
Enhancing frost tolerance and/or avoidance in wheat, barley and canola crops through in-season agronomic manipulation11 Feb 22N/A Grains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Biodegradable mulches for increased water capture and storage in grain production systems17 Feb 22Grains Research and Development CorporationRFT
Predicting nitrogen cycling and losses in Australian cropping systems - augmenting measurements to enhance modelling.25 Feb 22N/A Grains Research and Development CorporationRFT

Miscellaneous Goods & Services

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Request for Tender for bulk-fuels to support the Australian Antarctic Program25 Feb 22N/A Department of Agriculture, Water and the EnvironmentRFT

Transport (Air, Sea, Land)

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Provision of a Marine Rescue Vessel and TrailerExtended to 24 Jan 22N/ADepartment of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and CommunicationsRFT
Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme Air Operators (Regions 7 and 8)18 Feb 2218 Jan, Online Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and CommunicationsRFT
Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme Air Operators (Region 10)18 Feb 2218 Jan, Online Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and CommunicationsRFT

Multi-Use Lists

OpportunityClosing DateIndustry BriefsDepartmentATM
Invitation to provide Day Procedure Centre Services to the Veteran Community30 Jun 22N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsMUL
Private Hospital Services30 Jun 22N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsMUL
Supply of Medical Grade Footwear to eligible persons30 Jun 22N/ADepartment of Veterans’ AffairsMUL
Digital Marketplace Panel23 Feb 23N/ADigital Transformation AgencyMUL

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